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BOTOX Injections (cont.)

Other Forms of Botulinum Toxins

Introduced in 2009, Dysport (abobotulinumtoxinA, Medicis) is a competitor to Botox. This product is similar but not the same product as Botox. Additionally, it has different units of measurement, wherein 20 units of Botox would correlate to 50 or 60 units of Dysport.

Studies have shown a possible longer duration of Dysport than Botox and a quicker time of onset for it as well. So far, however, no head-to-head trials have been conducted.

The FDA approved Xeomin (incobotulinumtoxinA) in 2011 and it's roughly the same units as Botox according to their preparation guide. As with all toxins, there are clearly differences from one to another, so it is wise to assume that this may be variable from individual to individual and judge accordingly.

Other Areas of Use for Botox

There are numerous areas where Botox may be used, including the forehead, crow's feet, gummy smile, chin, neck, and other areas of the body. Many of these are under investigation at this time for approval by the FDA. Additionally, topical forms of botulinum toxin (Revance) are under study at present. With time, these will likely come to market and be absorbed into the body of treatments for which Botox is used.

Botox Prices

Charges can vary from $8 to $20 a unit depending on where you are in the country and the level of dilution, meaning that the price may actually be higher than the quoted price if a clinic dilutes it out instead of preparing full-strength Botox. The cost of the procedure varies as it depends upon the total number of units injected and the number of sites treated.

Prices for the newer products, Dysport and Xeomin, tend to be lower than Botox, but again, this can vary greatly.

For More Information on Botox Injections

There are many sources in the lay literature that talk about Botox, but many of these can hype the results or dwell inappropriately on the risks. Botox is a great option for baby boomers and for young and not-so-young patients as well and honest information can be found at the following sites:

The American Academy of Dermatology, Botulinum Toxin is a brief overview of Botox.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/1/2016
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