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While it’s nearly impossible to find someone who hasn’t at least heard of Botox, its counterpart Xeomin remains a bit more of a mystery. Although it might seem like a brand-new treatment option, Xeomin has actually been widely used in dermatology for years. Like Botox, Xeomin’s primary purpose is to block nerve impulses, which helps relax muscles and prevent wrinkles and age lines. In fact, Xeomin is so similar to Botox that many who try it are unable to find any differences in the end result. What is Xeomin, and how does it work? Read on to find out.
Uses of Xeomin
As a form of botulism toxin, Xeomin is useful in stopping muscles from moving in areas that cause wrinkles. In most cases, it is injected in the forehead between a patient’s eyebrows to diminish frown lines. Both Botox and Xeomin contain the same ingredients, though the botulism toxin contained within Xeomin is in a purer form than that used in similar treatments. Because its primary purpose is relaxing muscles, Xeomin is unusable as a filler and cannot be used to reduce deep wrinkles that are already present.
Xeomin vs Botox
As far as patients are concerned, there is very little variation between Botox and Xeomin, as the difference is simply a few proteins that essentially make up a shell around the active toxin. Xeomin has undergone extra purification that allows it to be kept without being refrigerated, and the primary difference between it and Botox is that Xeomin must be shaken instead of stirred to dissolve its contents before the treatment is administered.
Who Should Use Xeomin?
Because Xeomin is a slightly purer form of Botox, it can be used as an alternative for patients who no longer seem to be getting the full effects of Botox treatments. This generally happens after too many treatments, as the human body begins to adapt and become immune to the active toxin that constricts muscle movement. Xeomin’s purer form means antibodies are much less likely to be developed as a response to treatment.
How Long Do the Effects Last?
Similarly to Botox, Xeomin can be expected to last up to 4 months. Typically, patients will begin to notice the toxin’s effects between 1 to 7 days after treatment. This number can vary based on a variety of factors, including post-care taken after the injection. After receiving a dose of Xeomin, you should avoid heating the treated area, as this can slow down the binding process and delay its effects.
What Are the Risks of Xeomin?
As with any product containing botulism toxins, there is a chance that the treatment can spread to areas other than the injection site, though this primarily only occurs when Xeomin is used for medical issues and has not been reported during cosmetic use. There may also be some bleeding or bruising around the injection site after Xeomin is administered, and this area should be avoided to allow for proper healing after treatment.