Many individuals have heard of Botox injections to help with cosmetic issues like wrinkles, fine lines, and poor skin quality. Not as many people have heard of the alternative Xeomin. These two injectable medications have a few similarities and one major difference. Here we will examine the two cosmetic Botox alternatives.
What is Botox?
Botox or Botulinum Toxin is a protein in the Neuro-toxin system that will prevent the release of certain neurotransmitters. When this prevention is complete, it causes paralysis, flaccid paralysis. This is what prevents the fine lines and wrinkles from forming and the main reason it is used for cosmetic procedures.
The main form of Botulinum Toxin was approved by the FDA in 1985 when it was injected in patients with eye conditions like spasms and uncontrollable twitching. It was also used for intense drooling, bladder issues, and abnormal and continuous limb spasms.
After a few more years, Botox was issued a green light for use as a cosmetic
technique to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. This type of procedure was extremely expensive and therefore reserved for the ultra-wealthy. It has since dropped in price and is more affordable and commonplace as a cosmetic procedure.
What is Xeomin?
Xeomin is nearly the same as Botox, however, this version is considered “naked”. This simply means there are no additives like in the original Botox.
Why The Difference?
The main additive in the original Botox is a protein, which is formed naturally during the manufacturing process. Xeomin is factory-made in such a way that this protein is deleted before it is in its completed form.
The main benefit of Xeomin is there is less chance of infection or adverse reaction because of the absence of this protein. The reduced price is another factor to consider when choosing which injection to ask your doctor to use.
When used as a cosmetic booster, both Botox and Xeomin will help to conceal fine lines and wrinkles for up to 6 months at a time. They will both help to create a better quality of your skin over time and help with one’s self-esteem by making an individual look and feel more youthful.
Both of these injections can be helpful when it comes to medical procedures as well. When injected into the bladder, either one of these treatments can help to control an overactive bladder and reduce the constant urge to urinate.
When injected by a trained and certified physician at the base of the skull, Xeomin or Botox is helpful in managing constant headaches and painful migraines.
The Choice is Yours
You will want to discuss the pros and cons of each of these brands with your doctor before you are scheduled for any type of procedure. This includes cosmetic and medical. Your personal physician will be the best one to help you make an informed decision on which product to choose. Also, they will have more information on what your particular insurance company will cover and what they will not issue