What to Know About Neuromodulators: Botox vs Xeomin

Posted on March 08, 2022

Aging brings wisdom, kindred friendships, and — for many — wrinkles. Skin aging, which is characterized by features like wrinkling, loss of elasticity or volume loss, and rough-textured appearances, can be caused by a variety of risk factors including age, gender, ethnicity, sun exposure, individual nutrition, and air pollution. 

Fortunately, wrinkles and certain medical conditions are no match for FDA-approved botulinum toxin type A injections like Botox and Xeomin. While both belong to the same class of injections, they do have slight differences to consider depending on what you want to treat.

Whether you need Botox or Xeomin, Results Medical Aesthetics & Wellness in Tulsa, OK provides real, reliable, natural-looking results that help boost your confidence. Keep reading to see which treatment may be best for your individual needs.

What is Botox?

Botox is a non-invasive neuromodulator used for cosmetic purposes and as a remedy for chronic migraines. Known for delivering superior anti-aging benefits and facial feature enhancements with little to no pain, it’s a popular method for reducing forehead wrinkles and crows’ feet and making thin lips look more full and defined. (Get a more in-depth look at this effective cosmetic procedure, if you want to learn more.)

What is Xeomin?

Designed to temporarily improve the appearance of frown lines, Xeomin is a neuromodulator that temporarily relaxes activity within the targeted muscles to reduce frown lines, like glabellar lines (also called “11” lines), and crows’ feet. 

How are Botox and Xeomin similar?

Botox and Xeomin are both neuromodulators used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles for a set period of time. 

Each injectable offers anti-aging properties that add a rejuvenating youthfulness to your face, making you look much younger, with similar onset and duration. (Each treatment can last between three and six months.)

Plus, when used over time, Botox and Xeomin can reduce the nerve signals to prevent further wrinkles. 

Because each injectable treats different areas of the face and contains different properties, however, the two are not interchangeable.

What is the difference between Botox vs Xeomin?

The primary difference between Botox vs Xeomin is the formulation of each as well as its additive ingredients. Xeomin is formulated to be purely botulinum type A, so it reduces the risk of allergies; Botox, though, contains other proteins that may cause allergies. Additionally, Botox has a lack of additives that may make you less likely to develop antibodies against the injectables, which could potentially reduce its effectiveness.

Another difference between the two neuromodulators is that Botox can be used for a variety of conditions that Xeomin cannot. While Botox and Xeomin are both approved to treat frown lines, upper limb spasticity, and cervical dystonia, Botox can also be used for chronic migraines, overactive bladders or urinary incontinence, abnormal eye muscle alignment, and severe underarm sweating.

What are the side effects of Botox vs Xeomin?

Like any injection or shot, you may experience any of the following side effects after receiving Botox or Xeomin:

  • Redness
  • Itching
  • Swelling
  • Bleeding
  • Bruising

Botox can cause temporary facial drooping, headaches, and flu-like symptoms. Xeomin has been associated with side effects such as:

  • Dry eyes
  • Dry mouth
  • Nasal congestion or runny nose
  • Headache
  • High blood pressure 

How long does Botox vs. Xeomin last?

Results are not immediately visible with Botox or Xeomin, but good things take time. After just a few days, the outcome of your procedure will, much to your delight, be very apparent. Botox tends to last three to four months; Xeomin has a similar timeline, though some patients have seen results for up to six months. 

Scheduling follow-up appointments at Results Medical Aesthetics & Wellness in advance guarantees an appointment with one of our top-talent medical providers and can help maintain your regimen and the new look you love. 

The bottom line

Botox and Xeomin are popular among women and men for their quick, reproducible results, though every face has different needs. Dr. Laura Bilbruck and our team can help determine which injectable is appropriate for the conditions you want to treat, giving you a personalized way to bring out your best self.

If you’ve scheduled a vacation or the summer or have a wedding or reunion to attend, Botox or Xeomin are the perfect way to prepare for the special occasion.

When you’re ready to see the difference Botox or Xeomin makes, visit our online scheduler to request your neuromodulator consultation or call our medical spa at 918-994-9170 to schedule over the phone.

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