Like Botox® and Dysport™, Xeomin Cosmetic™ is a botulinum toxin type A solution for relaxing muscles that cause wrinkles to appear. However, unlike Botox® and Dysport™, the Xeomin® solution does not contain molecules ‘wrapped’ in extra proteins. In this way, it is a purer form of the neuromodulator. This makes it useful for cases where a patient does not respond to the effects of either Botox® or Dysport™.
However, as a consumer, you should know that these three brand-name products are essentially variations of the same, active ingredient. At their core, they work in the same way to relax wrinkles. Their differences lay mostly in their molecule adaptations, doses, storage requirements and procedures for injection. The latter point makes it extremely valuable to work with a medi-spa physician who is experienced at working with botulinum toxin type A. This is because a slightly wrong move can have adverse effects on a patient. It can also cause the ‘frozen’ look that many are concerned about.
Therefore, when shopping for a neurotoxin wrinkle relaxer, it is not so much about the brand name of the product (in this case). It is more about who is doing the application, and how well trained they are.
At our skincare and laser centre in Surrey, B.C. (outside Vancouver), only a trained, on-staff doctor, with years of experience, performs these injections, including for Xeomin™. Our doctor can also advise on the best formula to help with your case.
What is there to love about Xeomin™?
The primary usefulness of Xeomin™, compared to its competitors, is that its patients are far less likely to form antibodies against it. This is because it lacks extra proteins used to adapt the main ingredient. Those extra proteins are what the body can become desensitized to. When that happens to a frequent patient of say, Botox® or Dysport™, the wrinkle-smoothing effects start to lag. Those patients will no longer be good candidates for those brands. That’s where Xeomin™ comes in, as an alternative – one that patients are more likely to respond to in such cases.
Besides its purity, Xeomin™ boasts the same, quality properties of a name-brand wrinkle relaxer. It is:
- Approved by Health Canada and the FDA (in the United States) for frown lines.
- Used in multiple countries around the world, and has been for over a decade, with over 1 million patients reported.
- Proven to work through double-blind studies.
- Injectable within 10 – 20 minutes for a fast, ‘lunch time’ wrinkle treatment, without anaesthetic.
- Shown to last up to 3 months, with reports from some patients that it lasts longer.
Xeomin™ begins to take effect 3 to 4 days after being injected. However, like all wrinkle injection treatments, this time frame can vary among individuals. That said, it is faster than the claims of Botox®, which take about a week to show results.
What types of wrinkles can Xeomin™ be used for?
Right now, as far as cosmetic treatments go, Xeomin™ is approved for use on glabellar lines. That is, the vertical frown lines some people get between their eyebrows. However, doctors may also use Xeomin™ for other wrinkle treatments, such as on crow’s feet or smile lines around the eyes.
Xeomin™ is also approved to treat medical conditions relating to muscle spasms. These include blepharospasm, cervical dystonia or spasticity in the hands and arms. These conditions can also be treated with Botox®, which has been around much longer. As a result, many doctors are more accustomed to using it (Xeomin™ is prepared and injected differently). If you feel that Xeomin™, or any botulinum toxin will help you, we advise you to speak with a doctor first. Our on-staff doctor can prescribe and perform some of these medical treatments at our clinic.
How does Xeomin™ work for wrinkle reduction?
The making of Xeomin™ starts with the bacterium, Clostridium botulinum. This is used to extract a protein called, botulinum toxin type A. The end result is an adaptation called, incobotulinumtoxinA, which undergoes extra purification to remove any other proteins that surround the main molecules. Because of its pure form, Xeomin™ can be called a “naked injectable” by some.
IncobotulinumtoxinA is slightly different than onabotulinumtoxinA, which sells under the brand name, Botox®. It’s also different than abobotulinumtoxinA, which sells under the brand, Dysport™. In essence these other brands simply contain different additive proteins, to adjust the way the neuromodulator will behave, once injected (i.e. how easily it spreads under the skin).
In its practical application, Xeomin™ essentially disables muscle contractions by targeting the nerves contained within them. This then gives the appearance of skin that is smoothed over, in places where formerly, permanent lines had formed due to years of making facial expressions.
As the skin ages, it loses elasticity as well, which multiplies the problem of frown lines from facial expressions. However, Xeomin™ does not target the skin’s elasticity issue; it merely prevents the movement of muscles where frown lines exist. This gives the face a tighter look, temporarily.
During a treatment session, you’ll be asked to make facial expressions, so the prescribing doctor can study your facial anatomy. Dots may be drawn on your face, so the doctor knows where to inject. A thin needle will be used, and the experience is not that painful for most people. No anaesthetic is required.
The precision of Xeomin™ injection spots, as well as their angles, is important for effectiveness, and safety. Dosing is also very important, since Xeomin™ travels more quickly out of its syringe, compared to other similar products. This product is also prepared differently by the doctor, and has a limited shelf-life. Again, for these reasons and more, we’d stress the importance of only allowing a trained physician to perform these treatments, at a quality clinic.
How many Xeomin™ treatments does it take to see frown lines disappear?
Xeomin™ is a temporary treatment for wrinkles. In general, its effects can last around 3 to 4 months. However, for some people, it is less, and for others a bit longer. When the wrinkles that have been treated with Xeomin™ come back, you’ll need to come in for another injection, to maintain results.
Is there downtime after Xeomin™ injections? What about side effects?
Extensive downtime with Xeomin™ is rare. Most commonly, people experience headache, bruising, swelling or itching in the treatment area. That said, it’s also common that people return to their normal activities immediately after a treatment session.
To avoid bruising, we’d ask that at least 10 days prior to your injection, you avoid the use of any blood thinners. This includes over the counter medication. However, if you need your medication for health reasons, it’s best to speak to a doctor about your plans for Xeomin™ injections first.
If you get itchy at the injection site, you should not rub or scratch the area. This is important, since it can affect the way Xeomin™ is intended to work over time. The best thing to do in this case, would be to come back into our clinic, so we can take a look for you.
You also should not apply heat to the injected area for at least a week after treatment. This can lessen the effects of Xeomin™.
While it’s true that botulinum toxin can cause more severe side effects, these are very rare. The form of the neurotoxin used for cosmetic purposes is highly diluted. However, you should know that yes, there can be more serious risks with this treatment. If you experience any reactions other than minor bruising or swelling, you should contact us right away, or go to an emergency room.
Before we administer a Xeomin™ injection, we’ll notify you of the potential side effects, and answer any questions you have about this product.
During your initial, required consultation at our clinic, it will be important that you reveal your entire health history to us, including any allergies or medications you are taking. This includes information you may feel is not related. And, keep in mind that, if you had Botox®, Dysport™ or other dermal injections in the past, this may not mean you are safe to be injected with Xeomin™.
Pregnant and breastfeeding women, or minors, should not be administered Xeomin™ injections.
What is the cost of Xeomin™ injections at your skin clinic?
The price of Xeomin Cosmetic™ treatments are estimated based on personal consultations at our clinic. This is because each person’s facial anatomy will differ, and thus, different measurements of the injectable will be needed to achieve desired results.
We can say that Xeomin™ injections start at $275. However, pricing can increase from there. Our pricing estimates always include costs for equipment, the product itself, and our time and expertise.
At our medi-spa clinic, pricing for Xeomin™ is not more or less expensive than Botox® or Dysport™, in case you were wondering (we know some blogs talk about this negligible difference). The effects of all three are also typically the same. So, your value for dollar won’t differ either, in this scenario. The only exception here is that Xeomin™ and Dysport™ claim to show results a few days sooner than Botox®.
We would encourage you to book a consultation at our clinic, where we can advise on a treatment path for your case. This may involve solutions other than Xeomin™, or a mix, to get the results you want. We can also answer any questions you have. And of course, we can let you know about pricing.
The cost of the consultation can subsequently be used towards services at our clinic.