Over the years, cosmetics have created awareness of several injectables to promote smooth and good-looking skin. Xeomin and Botox are two commonly used injectables mainly focused on minimizing the appearance of wrinkles.
These two cosmetic injectables both contain botulinum toxin type A, which is a neurotoxin formed by bacterial species called clostridium botulinum. The idea of the neurotoxin is to block neuromuscular signals to better relax the muscles in the target area. Even though these injectable treatments both share the same ingredient, they have notable differences concerning how they are formed and used.
Similarities Between Botox And Xeomin
Botox and Xeomin both share certain similarities. These two injectable treatments are very good at getting rid of wrinkles and expression lines that appear because of continuous muscle contractions from day-to-day facial movements. In addition, these two injectable treatments are approved by the FDA for treating forehead wrinkles that appear because of the frequent raising of eyebrows.
These two neurotoxin treatments both tackle wrinkles through the same approach as it relaxes the injected region. Upon application, Botox or Xeomin blocks the nerve impulses that handle contractions temporarily. As a result, as the muscles are relaxed, the visibility of lines and wrinkles reduces in that particular area.
The effects of these two injectable cosmetic treatments are both temporary. After a while, the effect fades off and nerve impulses start reaching out to the muscles again, causing the wrinkles to start appearing again. This suggests that these treatments both need maintenance from time to time, and could be reapplied every 3-6 months, to maintain the results for a longer period. Furthermore, these two treatments have similar dosages. However, it isn’t the same case compared to other neurotoxins.
Difference Between Botox And Xeomin
There are certain differences to take note of between Xeomin and Botox, these include:
The overall structure of Xeomin and Botox are different, even though both share the same toxin. Botox is formed with a protein structure, while on the other hand, Xeomin doesn’t have this protein to coat it, making it a naked botulinum toxin. The protein coating that Botox has brought about immune reactions, and when injected, can block the actions of the botulinum toxin. This is sometimes considered as a benefit that Xeomin had over Botox as it has no noted antibody formation when Xeomin is repeatedly applied.
Botox is kept either in a freezer or a room with a temperature between 2-8°C. Therefore Botox is also required to be kept in a freezer during transportation. Meanwhile, Xeomin doesn’t need to be kept in a freezer, making it a whole lot easier to transport. Furthermore, Merz Pharma manufactured Xeomin and Allergan produced Botox, so they are not produced by the same pharmaceutical company. On certain occasions, Xeomin can be applied if a patient suddenly develops antibodies to Botox.
Side Effects Of Xeomin And Botox
Some common side effects of applying Xeomin or Botox to know can include injection spot reactions and mild headaches. Upon application, you may notice certain things like swelling around the injection area, redness, or pain.
Other side effects to take note of are dry eyes, muscle weakness, dry mouth, as well as respiratory tract infection. On a more serious note, side effects could also include allergic or hypersensitivity reactions. After application, and you notice challenges in breathing or severe rash, consult medical assistance with immediate effect.
Finally, choosing between Botox and Xeomin may be better off by an experienced health practitioner. A skilled health practitioner will examine your facial characteristics at the moment and past health conditions to better determine the best treatment for you based on your desired result. These injectable treatments kick right away after being injected into the target muscles. However, their visible results may not appear till at least seven days after application.
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