What is XEOMIN®?

The FDA first approved IncobotulinumtoxinA (Xeomin) in 2010. Like Botox, Xeomin injections temporarily relax activity in the muscles being targeted.

What is BOTOX® Cosmetics?

OnabotulinumtoxinA (Botox) was first approved for certain medical uses in 1989. The FDA approved it for cosmetic purposes in 2002, as well as for chronic migraine in 2010.

How are Xeomin and Botox Similar?

These two types of injections both contain botulinum toxin type A. They work in a similar fashion by temporarily relaxing certain muscles in the area of treatment.

Both Xeomin and Botox can start working within a week. Results may also last between 3 and 6 months at a time before you need follow-up injections. Your doctor or dermatologist will help you decide which is the best botulinum injection for your medical needs or aesthetic goals and make appropriate recommendations.

How are Xeomin and Botox Different?

One major difference between these two botulinum injections is that Xeomin has no additives that could increase the risk of your body developing antibodies against it. This could mean that, unlike other injections, your body will not build a resistance to Xeomin, thereby increasing the chances of getting the effects you’re looking for.

Also, Botox requires refrigeration, and Xeomin does not. While refrigeration alone does not make one product better than the other, this could make Xeomin more accessible.

Xeomin Cosmetic Procedure and Results

Using a very fine needle, Xeomin is injected directly into facial muscles that are causing furrows and lines. Receiving the injections requires no anesthetic, but some doctors choose to numb the area to be injected with ice packs or a topical anesthetic cream. Results can usually be seen within a few days of treatment, and typically last up to four months, although areas that are treated on a regular basis may retain results longer. Injections should be given only by qualified medical professionals.

Xeomin is used to treat the following:

  • Forehead furrows
  • Frown lines
  • Crow‘s feet
  • Skin bands on the neck

Who is a good candidate for Xeomin?

Your doctor will help you determine whether botulinum injections like Xeomin is appropriate for the conditions you’re looking to treat. It’s also important to know that are some age requirements for certain therapeutic uses of botulinum toxin injections.

Xeomin may not be appropriate if you have a history of:

  • allergic reactions to botulinum injections
  • breathing difficulties
  • respiratory illnesses, such as asthma
  • problems with swallowing
  • muscle or nerve disorders

These injections also are not recommended if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, due to unknown risks to babies.

Side Effects of Xeomin

Injection-site side effects of Xeomin are usually mild and temporary, and include the following:

  • Pain
  • Infection
  • Inflammation
  • Tenderness
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Bleeding
  • Bruising

Normal activities may be resumed immediately after receiving injections.

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Before and Afters

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Before and Afters (Botox, Xeomin and Dysport Injectables)

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