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Neuromodulators (Xeomin® and Botox)

Let’s talk neuromodulators (what?), botulinum toxin (really?) or better yet, Xeomin® (tell me more!) . Xeomin® is an FDA-approved injection that’s similar to Botox®. It’s a neurotoxin that’s injected into muscles to improve the look of moderate to severe “elevens,” forehead lines, and crow’s feet.

How Does it Work?

To understand how Xeomin® works, we’ll first need to understand what makes frown lines. The cause of frown lines are not just a bad mood or some serious confusion, however others might argue! Your muscles are the mechanism that expresses those emotions. If your muscles repeatedly contract under your skin, then your skin starts to take on these muscle contractions and present like frown lines. A Xeomin® injection blocks the release of chemicals that cause muscle contractions, which softens the skin and the frown lines.

Because Xeomin® is a neurotoxin, we get people asking, “Is Xeomin® like Botox®?”

The answer is “yes and no.” Unlike Botox ®, Xeomin® contains a naked form of botulinum toxin. In this context, “naked” means it contains no protein additives.

So why do you want your neurotoxin injections to be naked? Recently, doctors and researchers began to notice that some people who consistently get Botox injections develop an antibody resistance to it. A uniquely purified structure of botulinum toxin like Xeomin® may therefore prevent this antibody resistance – which means you can use it to prevent wrinkles long term.

Patients have also commented on how Xeomin® feels. Many patients have said that it feels much lighter and more natural than Botox®.

With that being said the best part is that it has a reputation for smoothing forehead wrinkles and frown lines (YAY) while still retaining a good range of motion in your eyebrows. And you know that means – no “frozen” look!

Is Xeomin® Safe?

Does the word neurotoxin freak you out (how did you know?)

That’s not unusual. After all, toxins are bad for us, right? In this case, neurotoxins aren’t necessarily bad. Xeomin® has been used around the world since 2005 and got its FDA approval in 2011. The American Academy of Facial Esthetics states that Xeomin® has been used by more than 84,000 people worldwide. That gives it a solid track record.

As with all injectables and prescription medications, Xeomin® and Botox ® do have some risks and side effects.

Mild side effects can include:

  1. redness or pain around the injection site

  2. itchy skin

  3. rash

  4. headache

  5. dry mouth

  6. tiredness

  7. neck pain

  8. muscle weakness

  9. eye problems

Less common but more severe and possibly life-threatening side effects can include:

  1. problems with swallowing or breathing

  2. spread of toxin effects to other areas, resulting in botulism

  3. an allergic reaction

  4. wheezing or asthma

Contact us at Enrichment Skin Solutions Contact for additional information. Michael will provide a consultation, review your medical conditions, medications and answer any questions you have.

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