Botox, Dysport, Xeomin: What’s the Difference?

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  • Three HSA-approved botulinum toxin products in Singapore are Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin.
  • While their onsets differ, all three brands tend to last the same amount of time.
  • The three brands are also considered equally safe, although their potency and price may differ.

WHAT IS XEOMIN®, BOTOX®, DYSPORT™?

Xeomin, Botox and Dysport and are all injectable neuromodulators, meaning they can temporarily alter the nerve impulses of targeted muscles, therefore reducing or eliminating contraction-induced wrinkles.

Each brand has a slightly different formulation of the same substance, bacterium Clostridium Botulinum, or Botulinum Toxin A, but they all work the same way: they block the nerve impulses of the injected muscles to temporarily paralyze muscle movements that cause wrinkles.

The most common targets are horizontal lines across the forehead and perpendicular frown lines between the brows (also called “The Elevens”), but many also rely on Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin for crow’s feet, nasal squint lines, lines around the neck, eyebrow lifting, and even profuse underarm sweating and migraines.


Quicklinks

  1. Xeomin vs Botox vs Dysport
  2. What are Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin used for?
  3. WHAT IS THE PRICE OF XEOMIN®, BOTOX®, DYSPORT™ in Singapore?
  4. How Do I Find the Best Doctor for Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin in Singapore?

Xeomin vs Botox vs Dysport

They are all very similar. In certain situations, one may get a slightly different reaction versus the other.

I personally think Dysport has a little bit more diffusion, which is better for jaw slimming into big muscles like the masseter muscles. because it has a more even distribution. But if I need to make a small correction of a rogue wrinkle, I usually use Botox.

Botox (Allergan)
Dysport in Singapore
Xeomin in Singapore

In general, I use all three of them all interchangeably.

When administered properly, the effects are confined to the injection zone and do not affect the surrounding areas or travel around the body, as commonly feared.

By reducing the intensity and frequency of contraction-induced wrinkles, these treatments also prevent the formation of deeper lines in the long run, making them an increasingly popular anti-aging strategy.


Quick comparison: Botox vs Dysport vs Xeomin

The following is an overview of these three products based on manufacturer information.

BOTOXDysportXeomin
Neurotoxinonabotulinum-toxinAabobotulinum-toxinAincobotulinum-toxinA
ManufacturerAllerganGaldermaMerz Aesthetics
Approved IndicationsModerate to severe forehead lines, crow’s feet lines, frown lines between the eyebrowsModerate to severe frown lines between the eyebrowsModerate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows
OnsetResults may be evident within 24-48 hours, but may take up to 7 daysMedian response in 2-3 daysResults may be evident in 3-4 days, but may take up to a week, with maximum effect in 30 days
DurationUp to 4 monthsUp to 4 monthsTypically, 3 months
Units / Treatment0.1 ml = 4 units per site, number of sites depends on area being treated, up to 10 sites per treatment0.08 ml = 10 units per site, 5 sites per treatment0.1 ml = 4 units per site, 5 sites per treatment
Adverse ReactionsHeadache, drooping of the eyebrows or eyelids, swelling of the eyelids, bruisingHeadache, drooping or swelling of the eyelids, nasopharyngitis, upper respiratory tract infection, sinusitis, injection site reaction or pain, blood in the urineHeadache

 

What are Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin used for?

Botulinum toxin is a neurotoxin derived from Clostridium botulinum, a gram-positive bacterium discovered more than 100 years ago.

It blocks nerve signals when injected into a muscle, thus preventing muscle contractions.

There are numerous non-cosmetic therapeutic uses of botulinum toxin, including:

  • Blepharospasm (involuntary eyelid contractions)
  • Strabismus (crossed eyes)
  • Cervical dystonia (involuntary contraction of neck muscles)
  • Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Migraine headaches

Botulinum toxin injections are also commonly performed to address the following aesthetic concerns:

  • Crow’s feet
  • Forehead lines
  • Frown lines

While Botox is approved for all these indications, Dysport and Xeomin are only approved for frown lines.

However, they are also sometimes used off-label for the other indications.


WHO IS XEOMIN®, BOTOX®, DYSPORT™ FOR?

Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin are safe for all skin types and skin colors.

However, people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have any neurological diseases should not use these injectables unless approved by a qualified cosmetic doctor.


HOW IS XEOMIN®, BOTOX®, DYSPORT™ DONE?

During the treatment, a very fine needle is injected into each specific muscle for a few seconds with only the minor discomfort of a tiny pinch.  For ultra-sensitive types, topical anesthetic cream or ice can be applied beforehand if necessary.


HOW LONG DOES BOTOX TREATMENT TAKE?

15 to 20 minutes


WHAT IS THE PRICE OF XEOMIN®, BOTOX®, DYSPORT™ in Singapore?

Usually costs average around $350 to $600 per area, while 2 areas may cost around $900, and 3 areas may cost $1200.


WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF XEOMIN®, BOTOX®, DYSPORT™?

You should notice smoother, more wrinkle-free skin within 2 to 3 days post injection, but the full effects won’t appear for about 2 weeks. It may take as long as a month for results to peak on areas with stronger muscles, particularly in men.

Which wrinkle treatment is most suitable for me?

At full throttle, your skin will feel smoothed and lifted, with a more youthful and awakened appearance.  These results tend to last 4 to 6 months, at which point the muscle movement gradually returns and the wrinkles and lines start to reappear, but often less severe than before because the muscle is being trained to relax more.


RECOMMENDED COURSE FOR OPTIMAL RESULTS?

For optimal results, schedule touch-ups every 4 to 6 months, according to how your skin responds to the treatment. The good news: intervals between treatments may widen over time because your muscles will become more relaxed and require less maintenance.


How Do I Find the Best Doctor for Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin in Singapore?

If you are considering botulinum toxin treatments, your first step should be to consult with an expert in Facial Aesthetics.

There is a lot of information and reviews on doctors and clinics in Singapore.

Make an informed decision!


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