Frustrated by those pesky ‘11s’ between your eyebrows? First there was Botox, then came Dysport, and now the FDA has approved Xeomin injections to combat the appearance of the lines we begin to see as we age and our skin loses its elasticity. Although this may be the first you are hearing of this, it is not an entirely new drug. The FDA had already approved Xeomin injections to treat cervical dystonia and blepharospasm (more commonly known as chronic involuntary closing of the eyelid). Xeomin, manufactured by Merz Pharmaceuticals, is a botulinum toxin type 1, and like other drugs similar to it, works by paralyzing the muscles in your face. In a nutshell, the injections make these muscles unable to contract. That means smoother skin to you!
So you may be asking, ‘How are these injections different from Botox or Dysport?’ That is an excellent question. First I can tell you that Xeomin does not have to be refrigerated, which makes the distribution of it a bit easier. Secondly, unlike Botox and Dysport, Xeomin injections do not contain any additional additives. A Xeomin injection is pure botulinum toxin type A. It is thought that the less additives in these injections, the less likely your body is to produce antibodies (which form as an immune response to your body detecting a foreign invader). Some doctors believe that your body can build up antibodies to some of these wrinkle fighting products, making them less effective over time. The idea behind Xeomin is that the pure botulinum will not trigger these antibodies and thus, the product will have continued desired results time after time.
Which areas are most commonly treated with Xeomin injections? These injections have been most effective in targeting crow’s feet, ‘worry lines’ between eyebrows, and those horizontal lines across your forehead. You can expect to see results within five days of receiving your Xeomin, and you should notice results for as long as 6 months!
If you are concerned that Botox has stopped working for you, Xeomin may be a great alternative. If you have any questions or wonder if this may be the right injection for you, feel free to contact Uptown Dermatology. We look forward to hearing from you!