Anyone who knows facial cosmetic procedures is very familiar with Anti Wrinkle and its reputation. This “muscle-relaxing” injectable has dominated the North American market after it was approved and introduced 25 years ago. It is a non-invasive treatment that is affordable to everyone and produces fast results.
Anti Wrinkle had been the muscle relaxant injectable for many years. In Europe, two other widespread muscle relaxing injectables are used to treat neuromuscular conditions. However, Dysport by Galderma and Xeomin by Merz Pharma was only recently approved for use in Canada.
All 3 of these products are derived from botulinum toxin type A, a protein type and are safe and effective muscle relaxants. When injected using very tiny needles, they perform by blocking the signals from the nerves that are sent to the muscles. As a result, these products effectively smoothens and removes the wrinkles found in the forehead, glabellar wrinkles (the lines between the eyebrows), and crow’s feet around the eyes after a few days. The duration of the effectiveness of these injectables is called gradual onset.
Unfortunately, these treatments are temporary, and the wrinkles do return. To maintain a wrinkle-free face, a top-up is recommended by the doctor and sessions scheduled must be attended consistently by patients. Anti Wrinkle, Dysport, and Xeomin are all safe and effective. However, one may still experience mild effects such as tightness of the skin, a slight headache, or tiny pink bumps on the skin.
There are also several differences between these three products. Both Anti Wrinkle and Dysport require refrigeration, whereas Xeomin requires none. In addition, anti Wrinkle and Xeomin have the same sized molecules while Dysport contains smaller ones. So 50 units of Dysport is equal to 20 units of Anti Wrinkle. Dysport may seem the cheapest of the three injectables yet just as effective as the other two brands. The one massive advantage of Dysport is that it has the shortest onset period. The results with Dysport can take 1 to 2 days, Anti Wrinkle is 3 to 4 days, and Xeomin requires a week to see its full effect.
On the other hand, Xeomin has no guaranteed additives, but reports show that it has fewer proteins around each active molecule. Thus, it has less “staying power” than Dysport or Anti Wrinkle.
Anti Wrinkle Injections and Dysport injections can last 3 to 6 months. Still, because of the shorter onset period, Dysport is the number one competitor of Anti Wrinkle in just a few years.
Although these three products are available in aesthetic salons, it is still strongly recommended that patients choose a licensed cosmetic doctor to administer the injections on the correct layer of the skin to avoid the risks of infections and complications.