Wrinkle Smoothers – XEOMIN®
XEOMIN ® is a prescription medication used to temporarily improve the appearance of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines) in adults. It can also be used to treat forehead lines and crow’s feet. XEOMIN contains botulinum toxin type A, a protein purified from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. It is the newest competitor to BOTOX and Dysport in the United States. Though approved in the U.S. in July 2011, XEOMIN has a history of use since 2005 in 20 other countries.
XEOMIN – Frequently Asked Questions
What is XEOMIN?
XEOMIN is a treatment for wrinkles caused by repeated movements. The most commonly treated areas include:
- the lines around the eyes known as crow’s feet, caused by squinting or smiling
- the horizontal lines across the forehead caused by raising the eyebrows
- the lines & folding of skin between the eyebrows caused by frowning
Is it safe?
YES! XEOMIN has been used since 2005 in 20 countries and is safe and effective. Xeomin is a prescription drug and is approved by the FDA.
Will it give me food poisoning/is it botulism?
No. It is not poisonous to you and it is NOT botulism. To clarify, botulism is the name of an illness, not the name of the active drug. The product is a purified protein which is extracted from naturally-occurring bacteria and then rigorously processed under strict pharmaceutical manufacturing guidelines. It is very similar to how penicillin comes from mold! It is an approved drug that is used in VERY tiny doses.
How does it work?
XEOMIN works by simply relaxing the muscles underneath the skin to create a smooth, refreshed appearance.
How long does the procedure take?
Generally, after the consultation, the procedure only takes up to 15 minutes. Since there is no down time, you can do it on your lunchtime and no one would know you have had it done!
How quickly does it work?
It can take UP TO 2 WEEKS for it to take full effect but many patients begin to see results in 4-6 days. Usually, we ask patients to wait for 14 days to pass in order to fully see the results.
How is it done?
It is injected with a very tiny needle, much smaller than those used to take your blood. A delicate insulin-type needle is used to inject the product.
Does it hurt?
Most patients say the injections feel similar to a little pinch, although everyone is different. We usually hear patients say, “Is that all?”
How long does XEOMIN last? Is it permanent?
No, XEOMIN is not permanent. It lasts about 3 months on average, but everyone is different. If you follow our physicians’ directions to have your first 3 treatments promptly every 3 months (without waiting in between), you will find that your next few treatments will start to last longer than 3 months.
Is it going to be worse when it wears off?
No! Your face will never get worse if you stop using XEOMIN or when it wears off. XEOMIN slows the aging process. When you stop getting treatments, the “aging clock” resumes like normal. At the very minimum, you will simply return to where you started. If you use XEOMIN for a number of years and then stop, your muscles learn to relax and therefore, you will end up looking a little better than when you originally started.
How does XEOMIN compare to BOTOX or Dysport?
XEOMIN, BOTOX, and Dysport are all purified proteins from the Clostridium botulinum bacterium and work the same way to relax the muscles. XEOMIN has fewer accessory proteins than BOTOX or Dysport and is sometimes referred to as the “naked BOTOX.” They are all injected with the same technique and the side effect profile and precautions are the same. Clinically, the results are similar. The number of required units does differ between products and cannot be compared. Dr. Cone and Lisa Butler, RN will review the products with you during your visit to determine which you would like to use.