Updated: Jan 15, 2021
The question is sort of like the difference between Coke and Pepsi, but maybe more like the difference between The North Face and Patagonia. Botox and Xeomin are both botulinum toxin type A. They are both FDA approved neuromodulators used for the treatment of wrinkles. They block treated motor nerves from causing movement so that muscles cannot contract and create wrinkles on the surface of your skin.
Botox is the original neuromodulator. It's cosmetic use was first identified by Dr. Jean Carruthers while she was working as an ophthalmologist treating uncontrollable eye twitching with Botox. Her patient mentioned that she developed a more laid back appearance when treated between the brows. Dr. Carruthers' husband was a cosmetic dermatologist, and she realized this medicine could change his practice forever. It was not long before she left ophthalmology for the aesthetic world as well.
Xeomin is newer to the scene, it is botulinum toxin type A in a purified form. It’s like enjoying a Jimmy John’s Unwich, you get all the good inner ingredients without the stuff your body doesn’t need. The outer protein is gone so your body doesn’t have to process through it to use the active ingredient. So who does Xeomin appeal to?
People who identify with any of the following:
“I like to be all natural as much as possible.”
“I'm immune to Botox.” (real thing, small incidence)
“Gwyneth Paltrow is my idol.” ( click to learn why Gwyneth chooses Xeomin)
“I want my treatment at home.” (Xeomin uniquely does not require refrigeration)
To sum it up: like The North Face, Botox came first and will always be a leader in their category based on their years of great results. Like Patagonia, Xeomin offers a strong alternative for consumers that consider themselves a conscientious spender of their hard earned dollars.