Anyone familiar with facial cosmetic procedures knows what Botox is and what it can accomplish. This “muscle-relaxing” injectable was the first product of its kind available in North America, so it is no surprise that is has dominated the market. Botox was approved for use 25 years ago and became wildly popular because it was non-invasive, produced rapid results, and was affordable for most people.
Surprisingly, Botox had no competition for many years, but 2 other muscl- relaxing injectables were approved for use in Canada in recent years. Dysport and Xeomin have been used for many years in Europe to treat neuromuscular conditions and were thereafter approved in Canada and the U.S. These neuromodulators are now available at plastic surgery clinics and dermatologist offices across the country. Botox is distributed by Allergan, Dysport by Galderma, and Xeomin by Merz Pharma.