What Is Xeomin®?
Xeomin® is a prescription medication that is used to treat the appearance of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows. It can also be used to treat blepharospasm (involuntary eyelid movement), forehead lines, and crow’s feet. Xeomin® contains botulinum toxin type A, a protein purified from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. This product 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.
How Does Xeomin® Work?
Xeomin® works similarly to Botox and Dysport. The product works by blocking nerve signals to the area of treatment, essentially freezing the muscles underneath the skin. While the muscles are unable to move of contract, the wrinkles smooth and relax. This creates a refreshed and youthful look for Xeomin® patients, leaving them often feeling satisfied with their results.
What Can Xeomin® Treat?
Xeomin® is used to treat wrinkles in areas of frequent and repeated facial movements. The most commonly treated areas include:
- Crow’s feet caused by squinting or smiling.
- Horizontal lines across the forehead
- Lines and folds between the eyebrows, often cause by frowning.
When Will I See The Full Results of Xeomin®?
We often inform patients of Xeomin® to wait for a full 14 days to pass before they judge their results. Xeomin® has been proven to take up to two full weeks to take full effect in some patients. However, many of our patients begin to see their results within four to six days of treatment. Results may vary patient to patient.
How Long Does Xeomin® Last?
Unfortunately, Xeomin® is not a permanent solution for frown lines and wrinkles. We always say that every patient is different, but on average Xeomin® can last up to three months on average. However, if you keep up with your physician’s instructions and redo your first three treatments every three months, you may start to see that your results start to last longer.
Risks of Xeomin® Treatment
While generally considered a safe procedure, Xeomin® does carry certain risks. Whether they occur within a few hours or weeks, the following symptoms may require urgent medical attention:
- Difficulty speaking, swallowing or breathing.
- Muscle weakness throughout the body.
- Double or blurred vision.
- Drooping eyelids.
- Change in voice quality
- Loss of bladder control.
If you’ve been treated with Xeomin® recently and have experience or are experience any of the symptoms listed, please contact a doctor immediately.
Xeomin® vs. Botox®/Dysport
All three products are purified proteins from the Clostridium botulinum bacterium, and they all work in similar ways to relax facial muscles. Xeomin is sometimes referred to as “Naked Botox”, as it has fewer accessory proteins than Botox or Dysport. Clinically, the results between the three treatments are similar. When you come in for your consultation, we will be able to help you decide which product is best for you based on your personal concerns.