Botox, Dysport, Xeomin.... Oh MY!
Ever wondered what "Botox" is, cost, where to put it and how it works? I'm going to give you insights into everything neurotoxin and more! Most people hear Botox and associate it with the frozen, full and unnatural looks seen on TV. In the hands of a skilled injector, neurotoxin can yield very natural and subtle results. Don't worry, just reading this post will not leave you looking plastic. 😉
Botox is the most well known neurotoxin used for cosmetic purposes and has been around for quiet some time. Since the 80's, Botox was being used for FDA approved purposes such as eye twitching, crossed eyes, neck , urinary incontinence and migraines. The FDA approved Botox for medical and cosmetic use in 1989. Botox is a neurotoxin that is bound by accessory proteins to stop muscle movement in the face. Paralyzing the muscles causing the movement can reduce or rid an individual of line and wrinkles. Botox takes 14 days to fully kick in and lasts on average 3-4 months. $12/unit
Xeomin is another brand of neurotoxin that was approved by the FDA in 2011 for cosmetic purposes. It is very similar to Botox other than the accessory proteins have been stripped away and no additives are used. In result, Xeomin is in it's most natural form, takes effect quicker and is less likely to create natural resistance. Xeomin takes 5-10 days to kick in and lasts on average 3-4 months. $10/unit
Dysport also is a neurotoxin that was approved by the FDA in 2009 for cosmetic use. It is bound by accessory proteins like Botox but is formulated slightly different. Dysport takes effect in 3-5 days and lasts on average 3-4 months. Pricing is usually seen in our area as $4-6/unit . This may seem inexpensive but the amount of units are calculated slightly different. Even with the pricing and dosage different from other neurotoxins, the end price averages around $12/unit, equivalent to Botox.
Each person has their favorite and what works best for them. Botox, Dysport and Xeomin differ in administration technique but have the same method of action. Proper training, skills and continual education are necessary for injectors to achieve the most natural result. Cosmetic procedures and treatments have risks and should not be in the hands of untrained individuals. Overall, the use of neurotoxin is relatively safe, with few adverse effects, when used correctly.
" Good Botox is never cheap and cheap Botox is never good!"
Schedule a consultation today to determine which is the best fit for you!
- Brittani Hernandez BSN, RN