Xeomin® (incobotulinumtoxinA) is a type of injectable wrinkle treatment similar to Botox® and Dysport®. Xeomin® received FDA approval in July 2011 for the treatment of moderate to severe glabellar lines, or the vertical lines between the eyebrows commonly referred to as frown lines. Xeomin® may also be used to treat other dynamic lines and wrinkles including vertical frown lines, crow’s feet, smoker’s lines around the mouth, and neck bands. Xeomin® was previously approved by the FDA to blepharospasm as well as symptoms associated with cervical dystonia.
Like Botox® and Dysport®, Xeomin® is injected directly into the underlying muscle responsible for creating certain expressions like frowning. This blocks the signals between the nerves and the muscles, thus weakening or paralyzing the muscle and preventing the muscle from contracting and the skin from creasing. As a result, the appearance of wrinkles are reduced.
While Xeomin® is very similar to Botox® and Dysport®, there are some differences. Xeomin® does not need to be refrigerated which may make distribution and storage easier. In addition, Xeomin® is formulated without additives and some believe this may make it less likely for patients to develop a resistance as may happen with Botox®. Xeomin®, Botox® and Dysport® should not be used interchangeably so please inform us if you have recently been treated with a botulinum toxin product.
At the Sammamish Center for Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery near Seattle, Washington, we perform Xeomin® injections in the office setting and the treatment takes just five to fifteen minutes to complete. The full wrinkle smoothing effect can be seen after about one week and the results may last three to six months. Side effects may include injection site bleeding and bruising and allergic reaction.
As a U.S. Associate Medical Director for Merz Aesthetics (manufacturers of Radiesse and Xeomin), Dr. Gaboriau is highly experienced in administering Xeomin injections. For additional information about Xeomin® or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Gaboriau, please contact the Sammamish Center today.
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