3 Types of Botox: Which is best for you?
With each passing year, those stubborn lines trotting across my forehead and the infamous “elevens” between my eyes are getting more and more distinct. I started looking into some minimally invasive procedures to soften those lines and discovered that Botox is not a procedure, but rather, a brand name.
Just like Ziploc and Kleenex, the term Botox is used to define a procedure that actually has several different competing products on the market.
As I started researching, I realized there was more to decide than which plastic surgeon should perform the procedure. There are also a few different products to compare.
In 2002, Botox (onabotulinumtoxinA) was approved by the FDA to treat those pesky wrinkles between the eyebrows. For a while, it was the only such product on the market.
But in 2009, Dysport (abobotulinumtoxinA) was approved for the same use. Suddenly Botox had some competition!
And in 2012, there was another new girl in town – Xeomin appeared on the scene and created even more competition for the makers of Botox.
So which one is right for you? Is one better than the other?
Opinions are mixed.
A comparison study was conducted where Dysport and Botox were both applied to the same people – one on one side of the face and one on the other, in the attempt to reduce the appearance of “crow’s feet”. Two-thirds of the participants preferred Dysport and felt that it was more effective, especially when they contracted their facial muscles. [source]
On realself.com, 25 doctors answer the question, Xeomin vs. Botox - Which is Better? Some say they get the same results with all three: Xeomin, Botox and Dysport. Other doctors said that they are hesitant to use the newer product, Xeomin, and prefer to stick with Botox, which has been approved for 15 years. There were some who suggested that the results from the procedure might not last as long with Xeomin, as it doesn’t contain the accompanying protein that Botox does. Others prefer Xeomin because they feel it is more pure.
At the end of the day, it seems that there are only subtle differences between the effectiveness of these three products. You can probably use any of the three, and as long as you are using a reputable doctor, you should be pleased with your results!
As for which one I plan to try? I guess I will leave that up to my plastic surgeon. For advice on how to choose a reputable plastic surgeon, see How To Choose A Surgeon