Xeomin Vs. Botox: Which Is Better?

Cosmetic injections are wildly popular, and with good reason. Injections allow for a relatively non-invasive method of facial enhancement that doesn't require surgery or weeks of recovery. From forehead to cheeks to lips, there are numerous ways you can fix flaws and enhance features with a relatively short appointment with your local esthetician.

For years, Botox has been the all-encompassing term that most people use to describe all facial injections. Since its introduction to the market in 1989 for medical use, Botox has become much more commonplace. It was officially approved for cosmetic use in 2002. Once reserved for celebrities and the ultra-rich, it's no longer uncommon to encounter a coworker or friend who has gotten a little bit of work done under the needle (via Dazed Digital). With so many options on the market, however, it can be difficult to choose which product is right for you.

Recently, a new facial injection product has been catching the attention of consumers. In 2010, Xeomin received FDA approval and became the injection of choice for many who choose to undergo cosmetic procedures (via Drugs). Lauded as "naked" Botox, Xeomin offers a more natural alternative to its more common Botox counterpart. So, does natural mean better? If you're considering getting a bit of work done, you'll want to make sure you select the product that's right for you.

Botox and Xeomin have a lot in common

Xeomin and Botox have a lot in common. Among the similarities is that both products contain botulinum toxin. Botulinum toxin is found in most facial injections and is commonly used to treat foreheads, crow's feet, and forehead lines (via American Society of Plastic Surgeons). The difference, however, is that the FDA has not yet approved Xeomin for treating crow's feet. This doesn't mean that the drug isn't effective, but it might make you second guess having it injected it around your eyes. The two types of injections should not be considered interchangeable, and a professional will always be able to help you make the decision about which is right for you (via Healthline).

While Botox may be considered the tried and true option, Xeomin users have noted some particular benefits. Studies have shown that you may see results quicker if you opt for Xeomin (via Single Care). Most facial injections will last an average of about three months before you'll need to go back for another dose, but many have claimed that Xeomin will yield longer-lasting results.

Xeomin also does not have any additive proteins in it, while Botox does. The additive proteins are sometimes believed to cause Botox injections to be less effective, causing many users to opt for the natural option.

Consider the results you want

In terms of price, Xeomin and Botox are fairly similar, with Botox coming in at a slightly higher price tag. Xeomin will cost you an average of $425 per session, while Botox can run you about $550 (via Ver Halen Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery). Though cost shouldn't be your main concern when selecting a medical cosmetic procedure, it may be worth considering, depending on the type of results you're looking for.

Whether you should Botox or Xeomin is largely dependent on the area of your face where you want to see results. Since Xeomin has not yet gotten FDA approval for crow's feet, Botox may be the better option if that's what you're going to target, but otherwise, Xeomin will work just as fine as (if not better than) Botox. Be sure to schedule a consultation with a professional before you commit to a treatment. They can guide you to the right decision.