Is Botox… Botox?
There are three FDA approved products to treat glabellar lines: Botox, Dysport and Xeomin. Botox (onabotulinumtoxinA) is distributed by Allergan and has the longest track record. Dysport (abotulinumtoxinA) is available through Medicis, and the most recently released neuromodulator on the market, Xeomin (incobotulinumtoxin A), is made by Merz.
There are several other products which do not have FDA approval, but are largely utilized in other countries. Many of these are available for purchase on the Internet. Neuronox is used primarily in South America. Botulax and Chinatox are similar products used as neuromodulators (wrinkle relaxants). Any of these products could be used to substitute the FDA approved ones which you are familiar with. Howver, little is known in terms of efficiency and safety. These products tend to be offered at lower prices.
Take caution when you shop around for such treatments as there are many unbranded products available on the Internet.
When one of these products was tested by Allergan, it was found to contain 250 times the dose of the same size vial of onabotulintoxin A, found in Botox. Keep in mind that in many countries, there are no regulatory organizations or quality control.
Just be careful!
Dr. Tchelebi-Moscatello is a board-certified radiation oncologist and medical aesthetics specialist with a focus on cosmetic services. She studied medical aesthetics in Paris, France, and continues to stay updated with the latest aesthetic techniques under leaders in the field to provide patients with beautiful, natural-looking results. Along with being a member of the Academy of Cosmetic Physicians, the American Academy of Medical Aesthetics, The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, and the American Academy of Mesotherapy, Dr. Tchelebi-Moscatello is also a member of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery.