What is Xeomin®?
Xeomin® is an injectable neuromodulator mainly used in the treatment of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows, as well as many expression lines around the face. Similar to other neuromodulators, such as Botox and Dysport, Xeomin®’s active ingredient is made from the bacteria which causes botulism. The botulinum toxin allows Xeomin® to block certain nerve activity within the muscles along the preferred treatment area. This process is an effective treatment for wrinkles, and unwanted facial lines as the toxin itself causing smaller bands of facial muscles to cease function, temporarily. When these small muscles stop their function, they are no longer able to tighten and contract – as a result, the skin above does not take on the expression lines it would have previously. Leaving patients with smooth, soft, skin – free of expression lines and wrinkles.
Benefits of Xeomin®
One major difference of Xeomin® from its competitors (Botox & Dysport) is that Xeomin® is what’s called a “naked injectable”. The term refers to the fact that Xeomin® does not contain any additives, it is comprised solely of the botulinum toxin. The benefit of this pure-form injectable is that the body is less likely to resist (very rare) an injection, and it will go to work much faster and smoother. Many additives and binding agents tend to be rejected by the body and can often cause irritation, and even infection. Other major benefits are:
- Removal of forehead wrinkles
- Removal of eyebrow wrinkles
- Little to no downtime
- Long-lasting treatment – may need to be repeated every 6-8 months.
- Non-invasive – a small injectable syringe
- Sessions only require about 5-10 minutes, depending on size of the treatment area.
- Sessions are generally pain-free.
How does Xeomin® work?
The active ingredient in neuromodulators, A-botulinum causes a temporary cessation of action within the facial muscles, unlike anything else. Different from dermal fillers, Xeomin® and other neuromodulators, don’t treat wrinkles by filling the depressions, but rather by preventing the muscles below the skin from being able to cause wrinkles & depressions at all. Xeomin® is administered using a number of tiny injections to the area in need of correction. With sessions typically lasting only 5-10 minutes.
Depending on the severity, as well as the placement of the wrinkles, Xeomin® may need to be repeated every 4-6 months. A few days after the procedure is complete, you will begin to see the difference as your wrinkles will start to disappear.
Xeomin® is a highly-effective, and far safer than other more invasive treatments and procedures. However, as with any facial injectable, patients may experience slight swelling and/or redness in the treatment area. Avoid rubbing the area as well any direct sunlight for at least a day or two after treatment. Any swelling, redness, or discomfort should disappear within the first 24 hours.
For more info about how Xeomin® can help reduce your expression lines, wrinkles, and facial folds contact us Jackson Dermatology today.