What is Botulinum toxin type A?
Botulinum toxin type A is an injectable neurotoxin, better known under brand names such as Botox Cosmetic®, and Xeomin®. Neurotoxin treatments are the most popular single cosmetic procedure in the U.S. and are mainly used to smooth wrinkles, or those wrinkles that form as a result of repeated facial movements like frowning, squinting, smiling, and other expressions. Treatment works by blocking nerve impulses to the muscles, causing them to relax. As a result, your expressions soften and these wrinkles are greatly reduced.
What Types of Wrinkles can Botox-type Injectables Treat?
Botox-type injectables can help an adult patient of any age improve their appearance, not only imparting a more youthful look, but also relieving an overly concerned look, helping you look refreshed or more pleasant. The most commonly treated areas are those where muscle activity influences facial features, such as the following:
Glabellar lines (a.k.a. “elevens” or frown lines)
Wrinkles around the eyes, such as crow’s feet
Corners of the mouth
A “cobblestoned” appearance to the chin
What is the Difference Between Botox and Xeomin?
Both of these products contain the same active ingredient: botulinum toxin type A, and are designed to address the same types of wrinkles and other cosmetic concerns. So how are they different? The main distinction lies in their formulation, which influences the dosage used, how much the product spreads, and how quickly a patient might see the results. For example, Botox Cosmetic is formulated with an accompanying protein while Xeomin doesn’t contain an accompanying protein at all. Both of these products are FDA approved and have been used safely and effectively for years. Which of these products is best for you will depend on your unique anatomy, your goals, and your our recommendations.