Botox and Botox Alternatives

As you get older, your skin becomes more prone to showing fine lines and wrinkles that have formed over the years. These lines develop from activity in your facial muscles. Repetitive facial expressions over the years, such as smiling, scowling, and raising your forehead, can eventually cause resting lines and wrinkles in your face. When you need help reducing and smoothing these wrinkles and fine lines, Xeomin, Dysport and Botox are available at Learn2Lose | Learn2Renew in Matthews and Charlotte, NC. Understanding the similarities and differences between these cosmetic treatments can help determine which one is best for you. While Botox is an excellent product with world class name recognition, there are 2 other FDA-approved Botox Alternatives  with similar effectiveness.

Similarities

Botox blocks signals from the nerves to the muscles and works by decreasing muscle contraction in your facial muscles. This helps your face and skin appear smoother, more relaxed and youthful for 3-4 months, on average. Dysport and Xeomin, which are effective Botox alternatives, work the same way. These injections are typically given to minimize wrinkles around your eyes, such as crow’s feet, and frown lines between your brows. Botox, Dysport and Xeomin all contain a refined version of botulinum, a bacterium that temporarily stops facial muscles in the targeted areas from contracting and expanding. When you have these injections administered safely, they should not affect any of your muscles outside the targeted area.

Differences

Although Botox, Dysport and Xeomin all have Clostridium botulinum, they each contain a different formulation of this bacterium. This can lead to slight differences in results, such as how quickly the injection starts to work and how precise it is. Botox and Dysport contain protective proteins, while Xeomin does not. There are also cost differences. Botox has the most name recognition and is typically more expensive than Dysport and Xeomin. Many people say “Botox” as a generic term when discussing these types of treatments. This is because Botox was the first in its class in the USA and has excellent name recognition. Botox alternatives such as Dysport and Xeomin are considered to be safe and effective as well.

Interested in learning more about Botox, Xeomin or Dysport in Matthews and Charlotte, NC for treating fine lines and wrinkles? Please contact Dr. Croland and his team at Learn2Renew to schedule an appointment.