Xeomin vs Dysport

Will Dysport Lose Its Chunk of the Cosmetic Filler Market?

Are you researching ways to get rid of those lines between your eyes?

If so, you may have stumbled upon the fact that there’s a new neuromodulator called Xeomin on the market.

We’re going to take a look at the differences between Dysport and Xeomin so that you can help your doctor decide which one may be best for you.

To begin, both Xeomin and Dysport are neuromodulators made from the botulinum toxin. That means that they get rid of your wrinkles by interrupting the messages sent from your nerves to your muscles. Your muscle is therefore paralyzed and the wrinkle smooths out.

Just because they’re both made from the same toxin doesn’t mean that they can be used interchangeably though. As a matter of fact, they can’t. Nor can any other neuromodulator. They should be treated as different drugs because they are.

What Are They Made Of?

Though they are both made from the botulinum toxin, Dysport has additional proteins for stability. Xeomin is naked; that is, it has only the toxin in it. Merz, the makers of Xeomin claim that this makes you less prone to develop antibodies but some professionals worry that this will make it less stable.

What Are They Used For?

Great question. You want to make sure before you receive any kind of treatment that the FDA has approved the medication that you’re going to be using for the reason that you’re using it for.

Many times medications have multiple uses and are prescribed to treat different issues. If it isn’t FDA approved for your issue, there’s no guarantee that it’s safe and effective for that situation.


Though Dysport is used to treat several different neurological conditions in other countries, it’s only approved by the FDA to treat 2:

  • Cervical Dystonia
  • Moderate to Severe Glabellar Lines – those are the wrinkles between your eyes.

Xeomin is only approved to treat 3 conditions:

  • Cervical Dystonia
  • Blepharospasm
  • Moderate to Severe Glabellar Lines

As you can see, if you’re looking for a treatment for your wrinkles, these two both treat the same condition.

Dosages and Cost

This is a major difference between the two and one that sets Dysport apart from other neuromodulators. It takes about three cc’s of Dysport to equal one cc of Xeomin. Though Dysport costs less per cc, when you figure out the actual dosage requirements, the cost of each works out to be about the same.


This is yet another difference between the two wrinkle fillers. Dysport has a slightly thinner consistency that’s less likely to cause a lumpy look. For this reason Dysport is considered by some to better for treating thinly-muscled areas such as your forehead.

Side Effects

Side effects of both Dysport and Xeomin include the extremely rare chance of spreading of the botulinum toxin. This can cause the same symptoms as botulism including loss of muscle strength, a hoarse voice, difficulty speaking, trouble saying words clearly, difficulty breathing or swallowing, loss of bladder control, and dropping eyelids or double/blurry vision.

One of the benefits of Xeomin in this area is that since it doesn’t have the additional proteins, there’s less chance that it will cause the buildup of antibodies. This means that there is less chance that it will stop working for you.

Final Words

As you can see, there are several small differences between Dysport and Xeomin but they may be significant. The final difference between the two is that Xeomin doesn’t need to be refrigerated prior to being reconstituted but Dysport does. This means that storage isn’t nearly such as issue with the Xeomin.

If you’re worried about a lumpy appearance or want a bit quicker result, then perhaps Dysport is the way for you to go. If, however, you want to try a pure product that may offer you less chance of developing antibodies, then maybe Xeomin is the one for you.

Regardless of which product you choose to go with, make sure that your medical provider is licensed and trained in the use of your product. Though the process is extremely simple, if not performed by a professional, things can go wrong quickly. Good luck and stay young!

If you’ve used either Dysport or Xeomin, please tell us about your experience in the comments section below.

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