What is Xeomin®?
Xeomin®, or Incobotulinumtoxin-A, is a botulinum toxin therapy used in cosmetic medicine to treat dynamic wrinkles arising from repetitive muscle contractions during facial expressions. Xeomin® is similar to Botox and Dysport in that it blocks the release of acetylcholine, which is responsible for muscle contractions. This results in the relaxation of the targeted muscles and the reduction of wrinkles in areas like the forehead, glabellar lines between the eyebrows, and crow’s feet around the eyes. With its specific design and mechanism of action, Xeomin® provides a safe and effective option for patients seeking cosmetic wrinkle treatment.
How Xeomin® Works
Xeomin® is a neurotoxin that inhibits the transmission of nerve signals responsible for muscle contractions. By blocking these signals, the overlying skin becomes smoother, reducing wrinkles. Xeomin® is unique in its composition, containing solely the active ingredient and no accessory proteins or additives. This reduces the chances of an allergic reaction and makes Xeomin® a preferred choice for some patients.
Administering Xeomin® Safely — Step-by-Step
Xeomin® is administered through a series of small injections directly into the targeted muscles. The procedure is relatively quick, typically lasting around 15-20 minutes, and requires no downtime, allowing patients to return to their daily activities immediately.
Following is a quick peek at how Xeomin® is administered safely at the injection site:
Before the aesthetic treatment, the aesthetic provider will meticulously clean the treatment area to decrease the likelihood of infection. Additionally, they may apply a topical anesthetic cream to ensure the patient is comfortable during the procedure. The anesthetic cream usually takes 20-30 minutes to become effective.
- Identifying Injection Sites
After assessing your individual concerns and target areas, your aesthetic provider will determine the sites for injection. The most frequently treated areas are:
- The forehead.
- Glabellar lines (the vertical lines that appear between the eyebrows).
- Crow’s feet (the wrinkles that form around the eyes).
- Precise Injections
The process of administering Xeomin® involves using a fine needle to inject the substance directly into the specific muscles responsible for causing wrinkles. This targeted injection is made painless with the prior application of numbing cream.
Xeomin® has undergone strict safety evaluation, and its overall tolerability profile is excellent. Although, like any medical intervention, adverse events are possible, including mild bruising, swelling, or temporary redness at the injection site. However, these reactions are temporary and self-limiting.
Xeomin® injections have been reported to produce noticeable improvements in facial wrinkles within a short time, usually within a few days to a week post-treatment. The optimal effect of Xeomin® is typically achieved within 10 to 14 days (about 2 weeks). The results can remain for approximately three to four months; additional treatments are recommended to sustain the desired outcome.
Take Home Note
In conclusion, while Xeomin® can significantly improve wrinkles’ appearance, it is important to have realistic expectations about the results and understand that they are temporary lasting 3 months on average. Keeping this in mind can help you make informed decisions about your cosmetic treatments and ensure that you have a positive and satisfying experience with your Xeomin® injections.