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XEOMIN® (incobotulinumtoxinA) is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and used to temporarily improve the look of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines) in adults. Frown lines form when facial expressions are made as the muscle under the skin contracts.
Over time, as your skin ages, these repeated expressions cause lasting frown lines. Neurotoxins, such as XEOMIN®, are prescription medications that block the release of chemicals that cause these muscle contractions, so frown lines are softened.
Xeomin is manufactured by Merz Pharmaceuticals, is another botulinum toxin type A product used for cosmetic purposes. The unique feature of Xeomin is that it is a "naked" neurotoxin, meaning it contains only the active ingredient without any accessory proteins. This formulation is designed to reduce the risk of the body developing antibodies against the product.Xeomin is created with XTRACT Technology™, a process that uses two filtration steps to remove all unnecessary proteins from the toxin. Because of this filtration process, Xeomin is considered a double-filtered neurotoxin.
Xeomin is particularly popular among younger patients who are just starting their toxin routine as a preventative measure. Xeomin has gained popularity among young patients because it is a more natural-looking option compared to other injectables, such as Botox, due to its "naked" formulation, which contains only the active ingredient without additives. Additionally, Xeomin has a faster onset time than other injectables, typically taking effect within a few days.
No, it’s not Botox for babies. Xeomin is chosen by GenZ patients with a smaller dosage. This helps prevent those lines from becoming too deep-set, but still leaves you with a bit of movement for a natural, youthful look. The truth is, no matter how good your skincare routine is, it’s only topical, and can’t actually release the muscles that cause wrinkles. This minimal dose (10 to 20 units every 3-6 months) of Xeomin doesn’t leave you frozen-faced, just softer, and your skin will thank you down the road! Just like sunscreen, a little Botox today can keep wrinkles and harsh lines at bay.
Yes, Xeomin is both FDA approved and clinically proven to soften frown lines, making it both safe and effective!
The most common side effect of Xeomin is a headache, but not everyone who receives this treatment will experience side effects. Less common side effects include itching, a rash, swelling or dizziness. Talk to your provider about medication to lessen your side effects if you do experience any.
After your treatment, it should take about three days to begin noticing differences in your fine lines and wrinkles. From there, your results will continue to develop over the next two weeks.
Xeomin is considered a “naked toxin” because it contains only one active ingredient, botulinum toxin A, while Botox contains multiple. Because of this, there is less chance of a patient forming a resistance to the product, making it an effective treatment for more people.
Like all other toxins, the results of Xeomin are not permanent and will require regular touch ups. The lifespan of results vary from person to person, but on average Xeomin lasts three to six months. Your metabolism is a large determining factor for the longevity of toxins, and individuals with faster metabolisms may require more frequent treatments.
Depending on how your body metabolizes toxins, it is recommended to schedule your treatments three to six months apart.