More popularly known by their branded names, Botox or Dysport, neuromodulators are a very popular way to address forehead and brow wrinkling created by repetitive movements. Neuromodulators relax the treated muscles and therefore reduce the appearance of wrinkles. This minimally invasive treatment continues to grow in popularity with patients looking to use it preventively and for existing wrinkles.
What are My Neuromodulator Options?
The following neuromodulator options are all comprised of botulinum toxin type A and are used for relaxing muscles by blocking nerve signals that allow dramatic muscle movements, which can leave behind fine lines and wrinkles over time.
While most brands use the same basic protein to treat the signs of aging, their main differences exists on the molecular level. Dysport has smaller molecules and is injected deeper, which allows it to take effect quicker than Xeomin and Botox. However, with smaller molecules, this allows the product to spread more, making it less targeted. Botox and Xeomin have larger molecules and are not injected as deeply as Dysport. This means that the molecules don’t have much movement, resulting in a more targeted treatment. Xeomin is the latest product and has no attached proteins making it the most purified product. Taking these factors into account is important when choosing a product to address your skin concerns.
Botox & Dysport
While both brands use the same basic protein to treat the signs of aging and have been proven effective, their main difference exists on the molecular level. Dysport has smaller molecules and is injected deeper which allows it to take effect quicker and possibly last longer. However, with smaller molecules this allows the product to spread more making is less targeted. Botox has larger molecules and is injected not as deep as Dysport. This means that the molecules to don’t have much movement and resulting in a more targeted treatment. Talking this factors into account is important when choosing a product to address your aging concerns.
Xeomin contains just one ingredient— botulinum toxin A— without any additives. Of the three neuromodulators, it’s the only one that does not require refrigeration due to the lack of additives in it. Manufactured by Merz Pharmaceuticals, Xeomin is approved by the FDA for the treatment of blepharospasm and cervical dystonia in adults, as well as the elimination of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows.
The effects of Xeomin can usually be seen within 5 days. Most people see improvement in their forehead lines as soon as the next day after their treatment. However, the final results are visible in up to 10 days. The effects of Xeomin also last a couple weeks longer than your Botox results, on average. Since Xeomin is a purified product, you are less likely to become resistant to it.
What Skin Concerns Can They Treat?
•Fine lines and wrinkles
•Crossed or lazy eyes
Downtime & Side Effects
There is no downtime after Botox, Dysport, or Xeomin treatments. The most common side effect is the skin becoming raised and slightly red at the injection site. This will subside within a few hours and should not be terribly noticeable. You should avoid rubbing or manipulating the areas for the next 24 hours for best results. On average, the effects from either product should last anywhere from three to six months.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are interested in learning more about your neuromodulator options and if they are right for you, call the CosmedicDerm office today to schedule a consultation. Dr. Shauna Diggs and her staff are ready to offer you best-in-class medical and cosmetic care as Michigan’s leaders in comprehensive skin health and rejuvenation.