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All three neurotoxins, Botox, Xeomin, and Dysport, stem from Clostridium Botulinum type A. These injectable neuromodulators work by blocking nerve signals, thereby relaxing facial muscles. Typically, their effects last an average of 3-4 months, though the duration can vary based on individual metabolism and the dosage received (number of units).
These options offer an excellent non-surgical approach to diminish frown lines, crow’s feet, and deep forehead lines. They're non-invasive anti-aging treatments aimed at reducing the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles.
The key distinctions among Botox, Xeomin, and Dysport relate to their protein content, dispersion after injection, and speed of onset for results.
While Botox and Dysport contain complexing proteins surrounding the toxin, Xeomin lacks additional proteins, minimizing the likelihood of allergic reactions or antibody neutralization. These added proteins usually gather to prolong the toxin's effects. However, Dysport should be avoided by patients with specific egg or lactose protein allergies due to allergen proteins present in this neurotoxin.
In terms of spread beneath the skin, Xeomin covers the least area (about the size of a dime), Botox a bit more (about the size of a penny), and Dysport spreads the most (about the size of a quarter). Increased toxin dispersion often necessitates higher units for the targeted area.
While some patients perceive quicker effects with Xeomin and Dysport compared to Botox, there isn't clinical evidence favoring one neurotoxin's faster action. Typically, most Xeomin patients notice effects within 2 days post-treatment, Dysport within 2-3 days, and Botox within 4-5 days. Yet, the complete effects might take longer, sometimes more than a week. Patients are advised to return after 2 weeks post-injection to ensure desired outcomes from their anti-aging injectable treatments.
These neurotoxins effectively target dynamic lines caused by facial movements like eye crinkling, eyebrow raising, chin dimpling, or smiling. When our facial muscles are in motion, fine lines and wrinkles tend to appear.
In our younger years, when collagen and elastin levels are plentiful, the skin easily rebounds without showing visible signs of wrinkles. However, as we age, the production of collagen and elastin significantly diminishes—reducing almost by half by the early 30s—allowing these wrinkles to form and persist. Once the skin loses its ability to "snap back into place," consistent neurotoxin treatments become valuable. By preventing muscle contractions, these treatments afford the skin the necessary time to repair itself.
Neurotoxins can serve as a preventive measure for younger patients in their 20s to 30s, aiming to relax muscles before any visible damage occurs. Meanwhile, individuals in their 40s and beyond can utilize these treatments to correct and reduce existing damage. Regardless of the purpose—preventive or corrective—consistency and regularity in treatments lead to optimal outcomes.