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Wrinkle Warriors: BOTOX® Cosmetic vs. Dysport vs. Xeomin – Which is Right for You?

Welcome back! In light of the recent increase in the cost of BOTOX® Cosmetic, many of our clients are curious about how it compares with other options like Dysport and Xeomin. If you're considering a neurotoxin treatment to smooth out wrinkles and fine lines, understanding the differences and similarities between these options is key to making an informed decision. Let's explore what sets them apart and what they have in common.

What Are BOTOX, Dysport, and Xeomin?

BOTOX® Cosmetic, Dysport, and Xeomin are all injectable neuromodulators, a type of treatment that temporarily relaxes facial muscles to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. They are primarily used for cosmetic purposes, particularly to treat and or prevent forehead lines, crow's feet, and frown lines.

BOTOX® Cosmetic

  • Brand Recognition: BOTOX® Cosmetic is the most well-known brand and has been used for cosmetic purposes for over two decades.

  • Onset & Duration: Typically takes effect within 3-7 days and lasts about 3-4 months.

  • Composition: Contains a small amount of protein (inactive ingredients) in addition to the botulinum toxin.


  • Spread & Effect: Known for a quicker onset (2-5 days) and a broader spread, which can be advantageous for larger treatment areas.

  • Formulation: Slightly different protein formulation (less inactive ingredients) compared to BOTOX® Cosmetic.

  • Duration of Effect: Dysport often provides a slightly longer duration of effect in some patients, which can be beneficial for those seeking longer-lasting results.


  • Purity: Known as the ‘naked injectable,’ Xeomin is unique because it's purely botulinum toxin without any additional proteins.

  • Onset & Duration: Similar to BOTOX® Cosmetic, it takes effect within 3-7 days and lasts about 3-4 months.

  • Benefit: Because Xeomin lacks additional proteins/ "inactive ingredients", there is an extremely low risk (if any) of building a resistance or tolerance to this product.

Similarities Between the Three

Despite their differences, BOTOX® Cosmetic, Dysport, and Xeomin share several similarities:

  1. Mechanism of Action: All three work by blocking nerve signals to the muscles, reducing muscle activity and smoothing out wrinkles.

  2. Usage: Commonly used to treat the same types of facial wrinkles.

  3. FDA Approved: Each has been approved by the FDA for cosmetic use.

  4. Temporary Results: They offer temporary results, with treatments typically needed every 3-6 months.

  5. Non-Surgical: All are non-surgical treatments administered through injections.

Choosing the Right Option for You

The choice between BOTOX® Cosmetic, Dysport, and Xeomin depends on various factors, including your specific treatment goals, your body's response to these neurotoxins, and your medical professional's recommendation. It's important to consult with a qualified and experienced practitioner, like Dr. Himmelstein or Natalie, who can assess your individual needs and recommend the best option for you.

Looking Ahead

When it comes to choosing between BOTOX® Cosmetic, Dysport, and Xeomin, we understand that it's a personal decision. Each client's journey is unique, influenced by their specific treatment goals, how their body reacts to these neurotoxins, and of course, professional guidance. That's where we come in.

We're here to help you navigate this choice. As your dedicated team, we take the time to understand your individual needs and desires. Our approach is not just about administering a treatment; it's about crafting a personalized experience that aligns with your beauty aspirations.

As always, we are here to discuss your options, and find the path that's just right for you. We're not just your practitioners; we're your partners in this journey towards achieving your aesthetic goals.


Dr. Himmelstein and Natalie

Natalie Rose Beauty

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