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Many people want to keep a smooth, wrinkle-free face for as long as possible. When it comes to anti-aging cosmetic treatments, Botox is usually the first thing that comes to mind. Did you know that there are actually different types of botulinum toxin injectables, and Botox has just become its general term? How Does Botox Work? This guide covers all you need to know about the different Botox treatments, helping you determine the most suitable type for your needs.

From Baby-tox and Bro-tox to Scro-tox, all forms of Botox will help you smooth wrinkles and fine lines and diminish the signs of aging, but some versions may be better suited for you than others. If you’re considering Botox, it’s important to be informed about the different types available, and what the differences are so you can find the best option for you to get the results you want. 

There are four different injectables on the market that use botulinum neurotoxin to smooth out wrinkles and reverse the signs of aging: Botox, Dysport, Xeomin, and Jeuveau. All four of these injectables are paralyzing agents that stop the transmission of electrical impulses from the nerve endings to the muscles in the face so that they can’t contract normally and form wrinkles. 

Under the Botox injection umbrella, several growing injectable treatments use these paralyzing agent injectables to treat various concerns. Treatments with terms such as “Babytox,” “NewTox,” “Brotox,” and “Blowtox” are becoming increasingly popular. And since not every Botox treatment is the same, you need to know all your options to pick the best one that will meet your expectations.

How Does Botox Work?

Before diving into the different botulinum toxin injectables (Botox), it’s important to understand how neurotoxins work. 

The substance used in botulinum toxin injections comes from the bacterium clostridium botulinum. It uses the active ingredient botulinum toxin type A. Botox works by blocking the nerve signals from the nerves to the muscles in the areas of the body in which it is injected. For anti-aging purposes, it’s usually injected in the forehead and around the eyes. However, it can also be injected into the upper lip for a lip flip, or the masseter muscle to slim the jaw, or even in the neck to smooth out the horizontal lines and wrinkles. 

Botox is a great anti-aging cosmetic option for people who want a non-surgical, minimally invasive treatment to keep a young and smooth appearance of the skin.

Botox injections can also serve a medical purpose, treating migraines or excessive underarm sweating. 


Botox became FDA-approved 18 years ago to be used as a temporary aesthetic treatment to improve the appearance of fine lines. Since then, it’s become one of the most widely used and known cosmetic treatments to treat forehead wrinkles and crow’s feet. It’s become so popular that many people refer to all forms of botulinum toxin injections as Botox.

Key features of Botox include:

  • It’s safe, effective, and temporary
  • It takes about seven days to start seeing the effects of it and it can take up to two weeks for full results
  • It lasts around three to four months for most patients
  • The amount of time Botox lasts depends on the way each person’s body metabolizes it


Dysport became FDA-approved in 2009 to treat fine lines and other therapeutic uses. The way Dysport is made is slightly different from Botox, so it may create a slightly different result. Dysport spreads further, making it better to treat larger areas, such as the forehead. It’s common to need more Dysport than Botox because of how it’s manufactured. 

Key features of Dysport include:

  • It acts quicker than Botox, but may not last as long
  • The overall cost per unit is lower than Botox, but if you need more units, then it may end up costing the same
  • Results can last for up to 4 months
  • It contains lactose and cow’s milk protein, making it an unsuitable option for people with dairy allergies


Xeomin was approved by the FDA in 2011 for treating fine lines and can be used for medical purposes as well.

This injectable doesn’t contain a carrier protein, which means it doesn’t require refrigeration and can be slightly more comfortable to have injected. Due to its purified state, some patients who have developed a resistance to Botox or Dysport may find better results with Xeomin. 

It can take five to seven days for results to show with Xeomin and the results last a similar amount of time as the results from Botox and Dysport.


Jeaveau, or Newtox, is the newest FDA-approved neurotoxin injectable on the market exclusively for cosmetic use. In 2019 it became approved to improve the look of moderate to severe fine lines and wrinkles between the eyebrows. 

Results from Jeaveau can be seen within two to ten days of treatment and results last around the same time as the other neurotoxin injectable options. When it comes to the type of neurotoxin injectable you should use, your injector will discuss which options would best suit your needs, budget, and maintenance desires. 


Daxxify is a brand new toxin not yet FDA approved. However, it should be available shortly. What makes Daxxify stand out is that it has been reported to last twice as long as the other toxins. Unfortunately, it will also likely be twice as expensive per treatment. Because of its longevity, it is not recommended for patients who have never had neurotoxin in the past. 

Types of Botox Treatments

Many people want different things from Botox injectables. There are multiple ways to use Botox to treat or improve various concerns. Here are some of the most common different Botox injectable treatments available and what they offer. 


Babytox is best for people new to using Botox injections and looking to use it as a preventative measure against the signs of aging. Many people choose to start using Botox before obvious wrinkles begin to form to prevent wrinkles and the signs of aging from forming in the first place. 

This treatment is typically for younger patients looking to prevent or slow the progression of aging around the forehead, eyes, and eyebrows. This type of treatment is more suitable for creating subtle, rather than dramatic, changes. A smaller amount of Botox will be used and maintenance may be less frequent depending on the patient. 

Babytox can also bring a more balanced look to the eyebrows. It can balance the muscles in the eyebrow area, which can lift the brows and give them more shape and contour. 


Blowtox is best for those who are looking to use Botox injections to stop scalp sweating. Botox might be able to provide a solution for those who struggle with a sweaty scalp. The neurotoxin is injected into the scalp for this Botox treatment to prevent perspiration. Not only does this help treat the medical condition, but it also helps the patient avoid their hairstyles from being ruined due to excessive sweating. 

Excessive scalp sweating that you can’t control can cause your hair to become limp and lifeless and even make you self-conscious. This could also be a solution for those who have a very oily scalp and want to preserve their hairstyles longer. For instance, many women who get regular blowouts like the idea of Blowtox to help them make their blowout hairstyles last longer. 

Botox has been shown to reduce excessive sweating and oiliness and is FDA-approved to treat excessive underarm sweating. However, people also see improvements with excessive scalp oiliness or sweating when injected into the scalp. 

The only downside to Blowtox is the cost. It is costly to treat a large area like the scalp, and with the maintenance needed every 3 to 5 months to keep up with results, it may be too expensive to maintain for some and not worth it. 


As the name may suggest, Brotox is for men who want to treat wrinkles and signs of aging. In fact, Botox is the most common non-surgical cosmetic treatment among men. Many men have deep frown lines, which can cause a person to look older or even angry. Other common places for Botox among men include crow’s feet. 

Botox around the brow and frown lines can also create a lifting effect for men with droopy brows, resulting in a more awake and less severe look. 


As the name may suggest, this is in fact neurotoxin to the scrotum. This is not a mainstream treatment, but has been described and can improve the appearance for certain “high and tight” patients. 


Newtox, or Jeuveau, is one of the newest neurotoxin injectables that’s been FDA-approved and is mainly for ex-Botox users who want to treat moderate to severe wrinkles, mainly between the brows or forehead. Even though this is a newer injectable treatment on the market, it may work better for some people than Botox or other injectables. 

Newtox is also an option for people who have used Botox for a long time, have become resistant to it, and are no longer seeing results. Those who fall under that category may see better success with Newtox than with other forms of Botox. Jeuveau is also known to work more quickly than other Botox injections, with some seeing results in as little as two days after treatment. 

Which Form of Botox is Right for You?

The only way to know which form of Botox and treatment is best suited for you is by visiting a licensed injector for a consultation. They will be able to assess your problem areas, discuss your concerns and goals, and recommend which option will be best for you.
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