What is the difference between the various types of “Botox®”?

There are many popular aesthetic treatments for wrinkles; Botox®  injections being one of the most popularly known treatment.

The first thing to say is that Botox® is the brand name of the neurotoxin Botulinum Toxin produced by Allergan pharmaceuticals. We tend to refer to all treatments with a muscle relaxant as Botox® treatment, just as we might refer to vacuuming as hovering, even if we do not use a Hoover brand!

There are several brands of botulinum toxin that are used to temporarily remove wrinkles by relaxing the muscles. The first to the market was the brand Botox®. Its use in medicine was first described in late 1970’s for relaxing squints and since then many uses for Botox® have been found.

In Cosmetic, Botulinum Toxin was first used to treat glabella frown lines in 1992 and subsequent received FDA approval for this treatment in 2002, so it has now been 15 years since muscle relaxing injections were used to treat the frown lines!! More recently FDA approval have been given for the treatment of migraines in 2010 and then forehead lines and crow’s feet.

Since the introduction of Botox® as the brand of Botulinum toxin, several brands have been introduced. These include Vistalbel, Azzulure, Bocouture, Xeomin, Dysport. There are subtle difference between some of these brands but they all work by being a muscle relaxant.

Bocouture is the brand produced by Merz Pharma. It is the first to received FDA approval for all 3 areas of treatment with muscle relaxant. It is also the purest, as it is the only toxin that has no complexing proteins, thereby theoretically, reduces the risk of developing antibodies that could result in the treatment being less effective.

The dose of injection can be finely tuned, so as to allow a refreshed look with movement still but some people may prefer to have no movement at all.

At Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic, we have been providing Botox® and other toxin injections for wrinkle reduction since mid 1990s! We have treated thousands of clients and patients from all areas of Kent, but in particular, Canterbury, Ashford, Dover, Faversham, Folkestone, Sittingbourne and surrounding towns.The brand we use is Bocouture as this is the first one that received FDA approval for treating all 3 areas of dynamic wrinkles and it is the one with no complexing proteins, so it is the purest form.botox injections kent

Further information about wrinkle treatments using Botulinum Toxin injections, can be found on our webpage, together with how it works, what side effects to expect and costs.

You are welcome to call us on 01227 472288 if you have any further questions or visit our website www.skinandlaser.co.uk