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If you’re ready to smooth away wrinkles and fine lines, or you’re interested in preventing them from appearing in the first place, you can effectively turn back the clock on aging with Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin. These injectables are neuromodulators (known as wrinkle relaxers) that temporarily yet effectively relax the muscles that cause wrinkles to achieve a youthful appearance, and require no downtime. 

While they have many similarities, Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin are not identical. We have laid out the key points of each wrinkle relaxer below.

Key Things to Know About Botox 

What is it designed to do? Lift and smooth the forehead and surrounding areas, including deep frown lines, crow’s feet, and other wrinkles. Achieve fresh, youthful-looking skin.

What is the Botox substance? Botox is made from a safe, low dose of botulinum toxin. Botulinum toxin is a purified protein FDA-approved to temporarily relax muscles that are causing or could cause wrinkles.

How long does Botox last? Results generally last for 3-4 months.

What is the treatment time for Botox? Treatment time is approximately 20 minutes.

Recovery time: Side effects are minimal if there are any at all. There may be redness or swelling that disappears in about an hour. Patients should not expose themselves to extreme heat, or massage the treatment area for a couple of days. 

Key Things to Know About Dysport

What is it designed to do? Dysport achieves the same effects that Botox does. It can elevate the brow, relax frown lines and other wrinkles, and achieve the youthful, smooth skin you desire.

What is the Dysport substance? Like Botox, Dysport is made from botulinum toxin; however, it is a more diluted substance. Because it is thinner, it can spread more quickly after it has been injected and is effective faster. Dysport also allows more range of motion. Patients who have developed a resistance to Botox over time can use Botox as an alternative treatment.

How long does Dysport last? Dysport results typically last for 3-4 months.

What is the treatment time for Dysport? Dysport treatment time is the same as Botox–approximately 20 minutes.

Recovery time: Recovery time is minimal, with possible swelling and bruising that lasts for about an hour. You will need to avoid extreme heat and exercise for a couple of days, and avoid manipulating the treatment area.

Key Things to Know About Xeomin Details

What is it designed to do? Xeomin achieves the same results that Botox or Dysport achieve. With Xeomin, the forehead is smoothed and lifted, the crow’s feet are resolved, and the appearance is refreshed and renewed. 

What does Xeomin consist of? Xeomin is the purest form of botulinum toxin. Xeomin is used as an alternative to Botox for patients who have developed resistance to treatments. 

How long does it last? Xeomin treatments last for 3-4 months.

What is the treatment time? Like Botox and Dysport, Xeomin takes only about 20 minutes.

Recovery time: Recovery is quite minimal. There may be some redness or swelling in the treatment area, which will resolve within the same day of your treatment.

Botox, Dysport, or Xeomin - Which is the Best Treatment For You?

The decision about which wrinkle relaxer is best for you is a personal one. All three neuromodulators are highly effective in smoothing away wrinkles and lines and achieving more youthful, beautiful skin. And all three are excellent choices to use as a preventative treatment for younger patients who want to avoid signs of age before they ever appear on the face.

At Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery, we will examine your skin during your consultation to understand your needs and discuss your aesthetic goals and preferences. Together, we will help you to make an informed decision to determine which injectable is best for your needs. Call today to schedule a consultation!

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