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Douglas A. Taranow, DO, FACOS

New York, NY

BOTOX® Cosmetic, XEOMIN®, Dysport®, and the Dangers of Cheap Treatments


Posted April 02, 2019 in BOTOX® Cosmetic, Injectables

BOTOX® Cosmetic, XEOMIN®, and Dysport® injectables are three of today’s most popular cosmetic procedures, and it’s not hard to see why. They are incredibly effective at reducing or eliminating wrinkles while also being relatively affordable and non-invasive in comparison to the alternatives. However, because of how simple these injections seem, it’s often easy to overlook the fact that they are still sensitive medical procedures that must be performed by qualified professionals.

BOTOX® Cosmetic, XEOMIN®, and Dysport® have fantastic results in reducing facial lines across the forehead and around the eyes.

The arguments over which product gives better or longer-lasting results are quite varied. In polling numerous patients, Dysport® seems to be slightly less tender upon injection and has a shorter onset time than BOTOX® Cosmetic or XEOMIN®. Many of my clients tell me that they feel the BOTOX® Cosmetic and XEOMIN® lasted longer on them than the Dysport® treatment. There is no proof of any of these claims by my patients, so I offer all three products.

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BOTOX® Cosmetic, XEOMIN®, and Dysport® are neuromodulators. This means that they stop your muscles from moving by blocking the nerve impulses that cause the muscles to contract. This stops you from frowning or wrinkling the skin of your forehead, in between your eyebrows, or around your eyes. The muscles may take one to fourteen days to be completely immobilized. Generally, the effects last for three to four months.

It’s all too common for a patient to walk into a cosmetic surgeon’s office these days and say that they’ve seen Dysport®, XEOMIN®, or BOTOX® Cosmetic injections being sold at just a few dollars per unit. They want to know if the surgeon can match that price and they don’t understand when they’re told the answer is “no.” The fact of the matter is that there are several reasons that BOTOX® Cosmetic, XEOMIN® or Dysport® injections might be offered at prices simply “too good to be true,” and they’re all very risky!

The Product Could Be Counterfeit or Over-Diluted

Many clinics selling ultra-cheap neuromodulator treatments are peddling a product that is not really BOTOX® Cosmetic, XEOMIN®, or Dysport®. It could be an off-brand knockoff or even a very dangerous counterfeit. “Risky” clinics have also been found to over-dilute their injections, either with standard saline solution or some unknown alternative. It should go without saying that there’s a risk factor involved with any “knockoff” or counterfeit product. You may just be receiving a product slightly weaker than it should be. However, you could also wind up injected with something very dangerous, or that you might be allergic to, causing very harmful or adverse effects.

The Product Could Be Old

As is the case with any medical product, BOTOX® Cosmetic, XEOMIN®, and Dysport® all have a shelf life. They are routinely diluted with saline solution to prepare it for injection. However, once that has happened, they need to be used within a couple of weeks if it’s to maintain full effectiveness.

If a clinic is selling injections at rock-bottom prices, then the chances are that they’re doing so to avoid throwing away product that’s gotten too old. Reputable cosmetic clinics will naturally charge more for their injections, but, for the price, you’re also getting injections that contain fresh product and are guaranteed to be effective.

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The Doctor May Not Be Experienced

While in some cases, practices and clinics will be using genuine products, following the correct procedure, and are simply advertising low prices in hopes to attract more business, there are also many cases where a clinic does so because they’re not properly experienced when it comes to administering the injectables. While it’s true that not every cosmetic surgeon who is new to neuromodulator injections lacks the necessary skill, there is a level of comfort knowing you are in the hands of an experienced professional.

Dr. Taranow Is a BOTOX® Cosmetic, XEOMIN®, and Dysport® Expert

There is an art to administering these injections well, just as there is with any other cosmetic procedure. The quality of the product is only part of the equation that dictates your results. The rest is determined by the skill, knowledge, and experience of the doctor you work with. It’s incredibly important to choose an experienced, highly qualified cosmetic practice to perform your BOTOX® Cosmetic, XEOMIN®, or Dysport® injections.

If you would like to learn more about Dr. Taranow’s experience with injectable treatments, call us at 212.772.2100 or fill out our online form to schedule a consultation.