Botox or Xeomin?
It happens to everyone eventually: One day, you look in the mirror and notice deepening crow’s feet at the corners of your eyes, or a furrow in your forehead that you could swear just popped up overnight. These early signs of aging skin are the result of habitual facial expressions, such as frowning, that you are probably making without even being aware of it.
At VCPS, Dr. Eric Desman offers minimally invasive treatments for those who want to look naturally younger without the pain, potential risks, or lengthy healing time associated with surgery. Botox® Cosmetic and Xeomin® are two injectable products that force muscles to relax, which helps smooth out wrinkles around the eye and eyebrow area.
How Do Botox and Xeomin Work?
Botox and Xeomin are both neuromodulators, which are derived from a refined version of the botulinum toxin. These products are designed to block the chemical signals that trigger muscle contraction. When the underlying muscles of your face can’t contract for months at a time, it helps improve the look of existing wrinkles, while simultaneously preventing new wrinkles from forming.
While the effects of Botox and Xeomin injections are long-lasting, they aren’t permanent. Your body will naturally absorb these products after a few months, and the muscles will regain their ability to contract, causing the fine lines and wrinkles to reappear. However, Dr. Desman can maintain the results of neuromodulators with regular treatment sessions, scheduled every three to four months apart.
Which One Is Better?
Botox and Xeomin are chemically identical, so it wouldn’t be entirely accurate to say one is superior to the other. The main difference between them is that Xeomin goes through an extra step of purification that allows its formula to eliminate the protein additives found in Botox.
That means Xeomin bonds directly with your facial muscles and won’t cause your body to create any antibodies in response. For this reason, Xeomin is an excellent alternative for anyone who has been using Botox for years and has started to find its effectiveness decreasing.
Advantages of Neuromodulators
Many busy women and men in the Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C., area are discovering how injectable neuromodulators can help them achieve the younger look they want, without downtime. Here are some of the main advantages of Botox and Xeomin injections.
- Painless treatment – Dr. Desman prioritizes patient comfort.
- Subtle, natural-looking results – Visible improvement in the appearance of wrinkles within a few days.
- Quick, in-office procedure – Treatment usually takes no more than 10 minutes.
- No recovery time or activity restrictions required – Return to work the same day.
- Very few risks – Adverse side effects are rare with proper treatment.
Say Goodbye to Wrinkles
If you’re ready to make eye and brow wrinkles a thing of your past, contact the Virginia Center for Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation with Dr. Desman. As a board-certified cosmetic surgeon, he is committed to providing outstanding results and the highest level of care for all his patients.