What is Xeomin?
Wrinkles between the eyebrows are some of the first signs of aging to appear. These lines are often referred to as frown lines or worry lines, because they can make you look annoyed, sad, or upset, even when you aren’t. Reduce the appearance of these lines and project your truest self with Xeomin the FDA first approved IncobotulinumtoxinA (Xeomin) in 2010. Like Botox, Xeomin injections temporarily relax activity in the muscles being targeted.
How are Xeomin and Botox Similar?
These two types of injections both contain botulinum toxin type A. They work in a similar fashion by temporarily relaxing certain muscles in the area of treatment. Both Xeomin and Botox can start working within a week. Results may also last between 3 and 6 months at a time before you need follow-up injections. However, despite the similarities, you should not use these products interchangably. Your doctor will help you decide which is the best botulinum injection for your medical needs or aesthetic goals, and make appropriate recommendations.
How are Xeomin and Botox Different?
One major difference between these two botulinum injections is that Xeomin has no additives that could increase the risk of your body developing antibodies against it. This could mean that, unlike other injections, your body will not build a resistance to Xeomin, thereby increasing the chances of getting the effects you’re looking for.
What is Xeomin Used to Treat?
Xeomin is used to treat the following:
- Blepharospasm, Which Causes Involuntary Eyelid Twitching
- Frown Lines
- Cervical Dystonia, A Rare Condition That Causes Abnormal Muscle Activity And Positioning Of The Neck
- Upper Limb Spasticity
Am I A Candidate?
Your doctor will help you determine whether botulinum injections like Xeomin are appropriate for the conditions you’re looking to treat. It’s also important to know that there are some age requirements for certain therapeutic uses of botulinum toxin injections.
Xeomin may not be appropriate if you have a history of:
- Allergic Reactions To Botulinum Injections
- Breathing Difficulties
- Respiratory Illnesses, Such As Asthma
- Problems With Swallowing
- Muscle Or Nerve Disorders
How Xeomin Works
Both Xeomin and Botox are injections that are used in targeted muscles. The exact dosage and number of injections vary depending on the type of condition being treated. Also, while the effects wear off after several months, individual results may vary so you might need repeat treatment sooner.
Potential Side Effects
As with any injection or shot, Xeomin may cause the following temporary side effects:
Xeomin has been associated with the following side effects when used as a treatment for blepharospasm:
- Dry Eye
- Sagging Eyelids
- Vision Problems
- Breathing Difficulties
- Dry Mouth
Other possible side effects include:
- Runny Nose
- Nasal Congestion
- Upper Respiratory Infections
- High Blood Pressure
Questions for Your Doctor
Taking Xeomin for either medical or aesthetic purposes is an important decision you should make with your doctor’s input. If you’re considering either injection, make sure you ask the following:
- How many injections do I need?
- How long will my treatment last?
- Are there other options available for my condition? How do they compare?
- What are the possible risks or side effects?
- Will any of my medications or supplements interact with my treatment?
What is the Aftercare Following Xeomin?
It’s important to follow your doctor’s aftercare instructions carefully to reduce the risk of side effects. In general, you can resume your normal activities when using these injections for cosmetic purposes. While there’s technically no recovery time needed for these injections, you should avoid massaging the treatment area. This can reduce your risk for treatment migration.
Are There Risks from Using Xeomin?
All types of botulinum injections carry the risk of spreading to other areas of your body, potentially leading to serious complications. There have also been different side effects reported for Xeomin, based on what they are used to treat. Additional side effects may include trouble with breathing, swallowing, and speaking problems, which can occur up to weeks after receiving injections. You should also tell your doctor about any over-the-counter and prescription medications you take before or after receiving these injections. Botulinum toxin may interact with:
- Muscle Relaxants
- Sleep Medications
- Allergy Medications
- Cold Medications