Why did we switch from Botox to Xeomin?
Many patients come to our office asking for Botox injections. In the past year, we switched brands of botulinum toxin and now inject Xeomin instead of Botox. We switched because there is essentially no significant difference between the two except for the price. Xeomin is less expensive:
Botox cosmetic: $12.00 per unit
Xeomin: $8.00 per unit
Essentially the same product for much less money.
What is a botulinum toxin?
- Botulinum toxin is a strong toxin that blocks the chemical in a nerve that signals a muscle to contract.
- This type of toxin is called a neurotoxin.
- It is produced by a bacteria called Clostridium botulinum.
Why would anyone want to have a toxin injected into their body?
It is safe and medically beneficial when we place a precise amount of toxin into an exact location for a specific effect. These are small amounts of toxin, but not enough to cause botulism, a systemic illness from the toxin.
What are the medical uses of botulinum toxin?
At GoldinSkin Dermatology, we use Xeomin to treat:
- Facial frowns and wrinkles
- Excessive sweating
- Migraine headaches
Other physicians use botulinum toxin to treat many medical problems including:
- Crossed eyes
- Uncontrollable blinking
- Muscle spasms
- Movement disorders
- Overactive bladders
What is the difference between Xeomin and Botox?
There is no significant difference.
- Both are FDA approved products.
- Botox is a larger complex with hemagglutinin and non-hemagglutinin proteins. Xeomin is a “naked” toxin and does not have these associated proteins.
- They have different specific potencies: Botox 137 units/ng; Xeomin 227 units/ng
- Studies in the medical literature do not show any significant difference between the two in terms of overall effect, onset of action, duration, or adverse reactions. We have not seen any difference at GoldinSkin Dermatology.
Is Xeomin right for you?
It may be right for you if you are bothered by your frown lines, crow’s feet, and/or forehead creases.
Note: These pictures are not our patients. They are photos from the Internet, which we are using to demonstrate the areas we commonly treat with Xeomin.
Make an appointment for your Xeomin injections today.
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