Like Botox, Xeomin is a popular neurotoxin that has many uses, including the improvement of facial wrinkles. It does this by immobilizing the surrounding muscles that create the wrinkles. However, unlike Botox, Xeomin does not contain proteins. In fact, Xeomin contains only the active ingredient botulinum toxin A. This purified form has its advantages. Over time, the body can begin to produce antibodies against the proteins in Botox. This can neutralize the neurotoxin, reducing its effectiveness and how long it lasts. This is not a concern with Xeomin, since it lacks this protein.
What is Xeomin®?
Also known as incobotulinumtoxin A, Xeomin is a neurotoxin. Like Botox, it is derived from the bacteria Clostridium botulinum.
How does Xeomin® work?
Xeomin works by temporarily blocking the nerve signals to select muscle groups. By weakening these muscles, the wrinkles they form begin to soften. This provides the face with a more youthful and refreshed appearance.
How is Xeomin® different from Botox?
Xeomin and Botox work in the same ways to reduce wrinkles. Unit per unit, Xeomin and Botox are equally as potent. The main difference between these two is that Xeomin has been purified to remove the proteins contained in Botox. With repeated use, the body can develop antibodies to the proteins contained in Botox and neutralize the desired effects. This is not a concern with Xeomin, as there is no protein for the body to target. This means the same desired effect as Botox without the risk of losing effectiveness.
If you have noticed that your Botox injections aren’t lasting as long as they used to, or that you’re needing more units for the desired effect, you may be developing neutralizing antibodies to the proteins in Botox. In this case, Xeomin may be right for you.
What can Xeomin® be used for?
Xeomin is FDA approved for temporary improvement in the appearance of moderate to severe glabellar lines (number 11 lines between the eyes). However, there are many wrinkle areas that can benefit from Xeomin injections. It is also commonly used for the wrinkles on the forehead, around the eyes (crow’s feet).
In the hands of a skilled injector, Botox treatments can:
- Relax and soften vertical and horizontal forehead lines, crow’s feet and frown lines that make you look angry, anxious, fearful or fatigued.
- Diminish bunny lines, the lines created when you crinkle your nose.
- Soften nasolabial folds that run from the corner of the nose to the corner of the mouth.
- Improve facial symmetry.
- Reduce the appearance of vertical neck bands that appear as we age.
- Improve your smile! If you show too much of your gums when you smile, which usually results from excessive lip elevation, Botox injections will weaken the upper lip muscles and provide a more balanced smile.
- Smooth chin dimpling.
- Reduce the appearance of fine vertical lines around the lips.
- Lift the corners of your mouth to relax your frown and improve your smile.
How long does Xoemin® last?
The effects of Xeomin appear about 4 days after injection and peaks around two weeks. The effects last about 3-4 months.
What are the possible side effects?
Side effects are usually mild and temporary. In many cases, it is the injection itself not the toxin, that causes side effects. Patients may experience swelling, redness, bruising, and soreness at the site of injection. The toxin may spread to neighboring muscle groups to cause temporary weakness. However, this is not permanent. Patient who have active infection at the proposed injection sites or a known hypersensitivity to botulinum toxin A are not recommended to receive these injections.
Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Schuering to find out if Xeomin is right for you.