Neuromodulators are all composed of botulinum toxin. There are three FDA approved neuromodulators available to patients: Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin. All neuromodulators are designed to relax muscle tissue. Over time, hyperactive muscles can create deep lines, wrinkles, and laxity in the skin of the face that create an aged appearance. Neuromodulators are injected with tiny needles just under the skin and in less than a week, the lines and wrinkles are relaxed and smooth.* The most popular areas of injection are the forehead, the “11” lines between the eyebrows and the area around the eyes known as the “crow’s feet”. Neuromodulators can also be used to treat lines in the upper lip “smoker’s lines”, downturned smile, the jaw line, the bands in the neck known as platysmal bands, and hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating).*
Facial expressions are a result of the face’s muscles working together. Over time, the constant use of these muscles can lead to the appearance of facial wrinkles. The good news is that these wrinkles can be effectively reduced by relaxing the facial muscles.* This is where Botox comes in. It is made of a purified protein onabotulinumtoxinA that relaxes the muscles underneath the face. The muscle relaxing effects of Botox can last for about 3 months and repeated injections may be required to extend its muscle-relaxing effects.
Dysport contains abobotulinumtoxinA proteins that help muscles relax for about 3 months. It is particularly effective in reducing the appearance of wrinkles in the upper third of the face.* When injected properly by a qualified injector, Dysport provides youthful, smoothing effects without affecting the face’s normal expressions.*
Facial aging is often the result of deep wrinkles as your facial muscles constantly contract. Xeomin is extremely similar to Botox and Dysport because it reverses facial aging by relaxing the facial muscles. It also contains the same set of proteins (the scientific name is incobotulinumtoxinA) as the aforementioned fillers and has muscle-relaxing effects. The effects of Xeomin can last for about 3 months.
* Individual results may vary, and not guaranteed.