Injectables for smoother, younger-looking skin have become popular in cosmetic medicine. Three injectable treatments are commonly used to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles: Botox®, Xeomin® and Dysport®.
They all contain botulinum toxin type A, a neurotoxin from Clostridium botulinum (a bacterial species). This neurotoxin relaxes targeted muscles at the injection site by blocking neuromuscular signals.
When the muscles relax, the overlying skin lays smoother, and pain or sweat from overactive nerves or muscles lessens. In addition, these treatments prevent new wrinkles from forming by inhibiting muscle movement.
Even though these treatments contain the same active ingredient, they differ in their application and formulation. They are all similarly effective. However, there is evidence that Xeomin works faster and longer. Some studies demonstrate Xeomin’s effects last longer in women treated for glabellar lines.
And yet, the course of treatment your doctor or other medical professional suggests is always the best option. There are certain conditions in which Botox or Dysport may be better suited.
How Xeomin Differs from Botox and Dysport
Xeomin, made by Radiesse®, has been used in Europe since 2008 and in the US since 2011. Xeomin, unlike Botox and Dysport, contains no additives. This may reduce product-related antibodies, meaning the body is less likely to develop a tolerance to the treatment. In addition, it works faster than Botox and is cheaper because it is a new product. Xeomin was FDA-approved in 2010, while Botox has been approved since 1985.
Xeomin FDA-Approved Uses
Xeomin is approved to treat excessive drooling or salivation (chronic sialorrhea), glabellar lines (frown lines) and other wrinkles. In addition, it can treat non-cosmetic conditions like abnormal eyelids (blepharospasm), limb (limb spasticity) or neck muscle (cervical dystonia) contractions. Off-label it can also treat headaches, migraines, overactive bladder, excessive sweating and neurological-disorder-induced urinary incontinence.
Commonly, Xeomin injections are chosen over Botox or Dysport for glabellar lines and chronic sialorrhea.
Xeomin Injections at Creative Facial Aesthetics
Xeomin injections are a non-surgical alternative to reduce moderate-to-severe wrinkles and treat other conditions. Treatments take a short time, about 10-20 minutes. They are relatively painless and are performed without an anesthetic. Numbing cream may be applied, but that is all.
Xeomin results are noticeable within a week, with improvements continuing for a month. The outcome typically lasts an average of three to four months. Repeat treatments are necessary to maintain your youthful appearance.
Find out more about this product and if it is the right one for your condition by contacting us in NYC to schedule a consultation with Michele Rivard, PA or Dr. Khosh.
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