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Xeomin: A Botox Alternative

Xeomin (incobotulinumtoxinA)  is approved by the US FDA for the treatment of adults with cervical dystonia or blepharospasm and moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows.  IncobotulinumtoxinA is made from the bacteria that causes botulism. Botulinum toxin blocks nerve activity in the muscles, causing a temporary reduction in muscle activity.

How do I know if I need Xeomin?

If you have frown or forehead lines, crow’s feet, smile lines around your eyes, or all of these, Xeomin injections will make you appear more relaxed and less tired. If you received Botox or Dysport and found that your improvement is less than expected, didn’t last as long as it should, or has decreased for a given dosage, you may respond better to Xeomin.

Some studies show that people who respond poorly to Botox often respond well to Xeomin. Failure to respond to Botox may be due to the formation of antibodies to proteins that surround the active ingredient of Botox. Since the active ingredient of Xeomin is not coated with protein, antibodies do not form and the patient responds better. You should not have Xeomin if you are pregnant, have an infection at the site of Xeomin injection, or have multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, or Lambert-Eaton syndrome. If you have any neurological disease or history of temporary paralysis, loss of vision, or double vision, you should not have Xeomin injections. These disorders may increase the risk of complications with Xeomin injection and worsen an underlying disorder.

How does Xeomin work?

Most patients find the procedure is very tolerable. The needle is tiny and cold air and ice packs minimize the slight burning sensation during injection. The treatment only takes about 10 minutes. For cosmetic injections, your doctor will cleanse the target area and ask you to frown, smile, or look surprised. These facial expressions will cause you to activate the muscles to be injected. Then, mark the injection spots with a washable pen and then proceed with the treatment, usually 5 to 20 injections.

Is Xeomin Better or Worse Than Botox?

Xeomin is the first one that does not need to be refrigerated before use, which may simplify distribution. Xeomin is also has no additives, just botulinum toxin type A. This may mean that there is less risk of developing antibodies against Xeomin than other available neurotoxins. The body develops antibodies in response to a foreign invader and attacks. In theory, antibodies could prevent a neurotoxin from having its desired effects. The effects of Xeomin occur within one week, and the results last from three to six months, making it comparable to Botox in terms of both onset and duration of action.

What are the risks?

With all procedures, there are risks involved. There is a risk that all botulinum toxin products may spread from the area where they were injected to other parts of the body, causing potentially life-threatening swallowing and breathing problems. Other risks may include bleeding and bruising at the injection site and allergic reactions such as itching, swelling or shortness of breath. Your doctor should discuss all the potential risks of this procedure with you during your consultation.

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