Cosmetic Injectables: Botox®, Xeomin®, and Dysport®

Cosmetic Procedures

Cosmetic Injectables: Botox®, Xeomin® and Dysport®

What are cosmetic injectables?

Botox® is a well-established, effective facial injectable that has been helping patients reduce wrinkles and look younger since it gained FDA approval in 2002. Today’s consumers have other options for safe, purified botulinum toxin when considering quick, non-invasive methods to seemingly turn back time, including Xeomin® and Dysport®. All three reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine facial lines when administered by a qualified professional.

How do cosmetic injectables work?

These neuromodulators block communications between nerves and their muscles, which allows the muscles to relax and lessens the signs of wrinkles and aging for between three and six months, depending on the patient and the amount administered. While the muscles are less able to contract, wrinkles are less likely to form or deepen.


Botox generally requires 10-30 units for most needs and produces results within about 72 hours to 1 week. Botox® is also used to treat other conditions, including migraines, eyelid spasms, and excessive sweating.


Dysport gained FDA approval in 2009, but has been used in Europe since the 1990s.


Xeomin earned FDA approval in 2011. It is often described as the “purest” injectable because it does not contain the same complex protein as Botox and Dysport.

Should I expect any side effects?

All three products are FDA-approved and considered safe and effective. Side effects can include headaches, irritation, temporary bruising, dry eyes, blurry vision and pain at the injection site. Your Cizik Eye Clinic physician will discuss any additional side effects with you and answer any of your questions before the procedure.

Which of these skin-smoothing injectables you choose is likely not as important as who you chose to perform the procedure. You can trust that UTHealth Houston physicians at the Cizik Eye Clinic have years of experience and expertise that will allow the best possible result for you.

Meet Our Team

Turn back the clock with an aesthetic or cosmetic treatment with one of our board-certified ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgeons.


Ying Chen, MD

Assistant Professor
Director of Oculoplastic Surgery
Ruiz Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science
McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston

Timothy McCulley MD

Timothy J. McCulley, MD

Professor and Chair
Richard S. Ruiz, MD, Distinguished University Chair
Ruiz Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science
McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston


Ore-ofe Adesina, MD

Associate Professor Medical Director, Robert Cizik Eye Clinic
John P. McGovern Distinguished Professor in Ophthalmology
Ruiz Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science McGovern Medical School at
UTHealth Houston

Contact Us

At Robert Cizik Eye Clinic, we offer patients access to highly specialized eye and vision care. To ask us a question, schedule an appointment, or learn more about us, please call (713) 486-9400, or click below to send us a message. In the event of an emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest Emergency Room.