Facial lines and wrinkles are a result of repeated facial contractions. Neurotoxins, such as Xeomin, block the release of chemicals that cause these muscle contractions. As a result, lines and wrinkles are softened. Xeomin (incobotulinumtoxinA) is used to temporarily improve the appearance of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines) in adults. Xeomin contains botulinum toxin type A, a protein purified from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum.
Looking “plastic” or overdone is a common concern for patients considering a neurotoxin treatment for moderate to severe frown lines. Our aestheticians understand facial anatomy and are experienced in performing these procedures. Schedule a free consultation to discuss your goals with us. Before receiving treatment with Xeomin, you should inform us regarding any and all medical conditions, including whether you have a disease that affects your muscles and nerves, if you have allergies to any botulinum toxin product, or if you have experienced any side effect from any other botulinum toxin in the past. In addition, it’s important to inform us about your medical history and all prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements you may be taking. It’s especially important to let us know if you have received any other botulinum toxin product in the last four months or in the past. We will need to know exactly which product(s) you have received and when you received them.
How does Xeomin work?
When you squint or frown, the muscles between your eyebrows contract, causing the skin to furrow. As your skin ages and loses elasticity, these repeated contractions can result in permanent frown lines. Xeomin acts on nerve endings in muscles to prevent contraction. By reducing these contractions, Xeomin can temporarily soften these furrow lines between your eyebrows.
Is Xeomin effective?
Xeomin was proven effective in two randomized, double-blind, multicenter, placebo-controlled clinical trials of 547 healthy, adult patients. Based on these trials, Xeomin received FDA approval for use in glabellar lines in 2011.
How do I know if Xeomin is right for me?
If you are an adult with moderate to severe glabellar lines, Xeomin may be a good choice for you. Talk to your doctor to discuss the benefits and risks of treatment. Do not use Xeomin if you are allergic to botulinum toxin or any of the other ingredients in Xeomin. You should also not use Xeomin if you have had an allergic reaction to any other botulinum toxin product or have a skin infection at the planned injection site.
What is a Xeomin treatment like?
A Xeomin treatment usually takes about 10-20 minutes. Our physician will inject Xeomin into the muscles in your forehead that cause frown lines between your eyebrows. We may use a topical anesthetic or cold pack to reduce any discomfort if needed.
When should I expect to see results? How long will they last?
You may notice visible smoothing as soon as three or four days after injection. The average time for results to appear is under a week, but could take as long as a month. The typical results last up to 3 months in clinical trials but may last significantly longer or shorter in individual patients.
What are the most common side effects?
Xeomin may cause serious side effects, including allergic reactions. Symptoms of an allergic reaction to Xeomin may include itching, rash, redness, swelling, wheezing, asthma symptoms, or dizziness, or feeling faint. Tell your doctor or seek medical help right away if you have wheezing, experience other asthma symptoms, or if you become dizzy or faint. In clinical trials of Xeomin for the treatment of frown lines between the eyebrows, headache was the most common side effect. Xeomin may cause loss of strength or general muscle weakness, blurred vision, or drooping eyelids within hours to weeks of taking Xeomin. If this happens, do not drive a car, operate machinery, or do other dangerous activities. Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not subside. These are not all of the possible side effects of Xeomin. For more information, see accompanying Important Safety Information, Medication Guide, and Full Prescribing Information, or ask your doctor.