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Xeomin VS Botox Units: How Many Are Needed?

While Botox is one of the most popular anti-aging cosmetic treatments in the beauty industry, Xeomin treatments have been gaining popularity for their similar effects on frown lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging. Both are considered to be an injectable treatment that uses toxins to weaken facial muscles and are used as muscle relaxants to give the skin a smoother appearance.

So how many units of Xeomin or Botox injection are needed per treatment? While it’ll depend on the surface area of the treatment site, Botox usually needs around 15 to 20 units injected for the full treatment, while Xeomin needs around 50 to 100 units to effectively treat your skin concerns. Either way, the number of units you need truly depends on how much your doctor thinks is required throughout the process. 

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Xeomin VS Botox Units

While both treatments use units of botulinum toxins to address skin concerns, there are several similarities and differences between the units injected into a patient's face. From the proteins found in the units to the number of units injected, the choice between a Botox and Xeomin treatment definitely has many factors to consider. Here are some of the differences between Botox and Xeomin units used in each treatment and procedure.

1) What's In Each Unit of Botox and Xeomin

Both Botox and Xeomin are made of botulinum toxin type A. Due to this, they both cause muscle weakness in areas they have been injected into. However, just because they both consist of botulinum toxin, doesn't mean Botox and Xeomin units are exactly the same as one another. 

Xeomin units are made with botulinum toxins in their purest form. This means that there are no added patients or factors within the units injected during a Xeomin treatment. On the other hand, Botox has accessory proteins laced within each unit of botulinum toxin. 

While botulinum toxins with or without accessory proteins are safe in clinical practice, the presence of accessory proteins does alter the results and effects of a treatment when units of Xeomin are used rather than Botox. 

Learn more: What Is a Unit of Botox?

2) How Many Are Needed Per Treatment

As mentioned earlier, the number of units needed to make Botox or Xeomin an effective treatment heavily depends on the surface area of the treatment site. For a Botox treatment, your doctor or dermatologist will need to use around 15 to 20 units of Botox to properly relax the muscles and give you the appearance of smoother and younger skin. 

On the other hand, Xeomin treatments need almost triple the amount of units to be effective. For each Xeomin treatment, you’ll need about 50 to 100 units of the botulinum toxin to address any frown lines, forehead wrinkles, and other signs of aging effectively. 

While both may seem like a lot of units to be injected into your face, these doses have been carefully studied and reviewed in the cosmetic field. Unless you get your Botox or Xeomin treatments done by an unlicensed provider, there's no need to worry about the number of units you receive during your treatment. 

3) How Much Does Each Unit Cost

In general Xeomin treatments and procedures are more expensive than Botox due to the cost of each unit. On average, Botox will cost $10 to $15 per unit. On the other hand, Xeomin units cost $12 to $20. With the cost comparison of each unit, it's easy to see why Xeomin treatments are more expensive. 

Full Botox treatments using the 15 to 20 units can cost anywhere between $300 to $600. Xeomin treatments, on the other hand, start at $500 and can cost almost $800 depending on where you get the treatment. Overall, each unit used for botulinum toxin injections in Botox and Xeomin treatments can be quite costly, with Xeomin being slightly more expensive per unit. 

4) How Are The Units Stored

As with many solutions used for cosmetic purposes, Botox units are stored in a refrigerator to keep the units cool. For these units to stay fresh before each procedure they must be kept at a temperature between 2°Cto 8°C. If left outside of this temperature range, the Botox unit runs the risk of being unstable or ineffective. 

On the other hand, Xeomin units don't need to be refrigerated. On average, Xeomin has a shelf life of 3 years when not refrigerated. However, many still suggest storing Xeomin in the refrigerator to maintain its potency for as long as possible. Units of Xeomin can be kept at the same temperature range as Botox units. 

Effects of Using Botox or Xeomin Units For Botulinum Toxin Treatments

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1) Benefits As Cosmetic Procedures

The units of injectable Botox and Xeomin are both used to address frown lines, forehead wrinkles, crow's feet, and the like. In both cases, Botox and Xeomin can provide you with similar results. Both Botox and Xeomin will smooth out the appearance of wrinkles and lines while also bringing fullness to any sagging areas. 

However, it has been reported that Xeomin will result in a more natural finish due to its lack of accessory proteins and use of pure botulinum toxin type A. When having Botox done, it's known that there is a certain "frozen" facial expression due to the toxins injected and the muscle weakness it causes. However, it has been said that Xeomin will supposedly allow facial movement and reduce the "frozen" look that tends to occur with most Botox treatments. 

2) Longevity of Results

While Botox requires fewer units, its results also last for a shorter amount of time. In most cases, a Botox treatment should leave you with smooth and younger-looking skin for 3 to 4 months. After this time you could possibly get touch ups to maintain your appearance. 

On the other hand, Xeomin injections require around 50 to 100 units but are known to last 3 to 6 months after the treatment has been completed. After the 6 months, you’ll also need to get a touchup treatment to maintain the results.

3) Common Side Effects and Adverse Reactions

Both Botox & Xeomin treatments are FDA approved and are relatively safe for the general public. However, there are some side effects that come with both. Here are some of side effects of both treatments:

Botox Side Effects:

  1. Headaches
  2. Neck pain and bruising
  3. Colds, coughs and other flu-like symptoms
  4. Fever, cold sweats, sore throats
  5. Pain during urination
  6. Internal bleeding and vessel damage 
  7. Abnormal muscle activity
  8. Allergic reactions to the solution

Xeomin Side Effects:

  1. Headaches
  2. Neck pain
  3. Lack of energy 
  4. Swelling or bruising 
  5. Residual pain in the injection site 

Learn more: Understanding What Causes and How To Treat Migraine After Botox

Address Your Aging Skin Concerns with Botox and Xeomin Treatments at aNu Aesthetics

By taking the average cost of things, you may want to get Botox treatments as it's the cheaper alternative. However, with the longer-lasting effects of Xeomin and minimal adverse effects, you might want to reconsider. Depending on the type of results you want, whether it be more natural or not, Botox and Xeomin treatments can help you treat your facial wrinkles, facial lines, and other signs of aging to achieve your skin goals in just a matter of time. The only question left is which one should you choose to improve your appearance. 

Here at aNu Aesthetics, we provide quality Botox and Xeomin treatments to all our patients. Depending on what you hope to achieve, our team of medical professionals can help you decide which treatment is best for you whether it be one or the other or a mixture of both. For a treatment plan, consult with us today.

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