Xeomin (ZEE-oh-min) is a wrinkle-releaser closely related to Botox and Dysport. Our office uses it to temporarily but dramatically reduce furrows, crow’s feet, and deep forehead lines. It restores a youthful appearance to the face.
If you have ever been told that you look mad or unhappy because of furrows between your brows, Xeomin will temporarily erase or soften those vertical lines. If forehead creases seem permanently etched on your face, or laughter creates a web of fine lines at the corners of your eyes, you can temporarily reduce their appearance with this popular injectable.
What is Xeomin?
Xeomin, like Botox, is a form of botulinum toxin type A. It is a neurotoxin used to relax muscle movement in areas that contribute to wrinkles, such as the forehead or outer corners of the eyes. It is, essentially, a highly localized muscle-relaxant. It works by temporarily deactivating the nerves that cause specific muscles to move.
When you think of a treatment with the word “toxin” in it, you might be skeptical; however, the amount is so tiny and so localized, it is considered a highly safe treatment with temporary effects.
While they share the same active ingredients, Xeomin and Botox are created by different manufacturers. Xeomin is formulated by adding an extra purification step: Basically, while Botox retains a layer of surface proteins, Xeomin does not; the protein layer has been stripped out.
These treatments offer nearly identical results, so why choose Xeomin over Botox? The lack of a protective protein coating means that our bodies are less likely to develop antibodies against the compound and negate its effects. If your skin is sensitive, or you feel like your Botox treatments are not working as well as before, Xeomin may be the best Botox alternative for you.
In blind scientific studies, neither patients nor doctors could distinguish between the final results of the two treatments. However, many patients did note that there were reduced feelings of “tightness” with Xeomin compared to Botox. Scientifically, the difference in effectiveness is 1 percent.
By manipulating targeted muscles, Xeomin can be used for other aesthetic purposes besides wrinkle relaxation. It can be used to turn up the tip of the nose or the corners of the mouth. It can correct a gummy smile and soften “pebbled” skin on the chin.
To determine whether Xeomin is right for you, you should consult with an experienced doctor. Dr. Cornell McCullom has the expertise and knowledge of facial cosmetics to make the right determination for you. Contact our South Side Chicago Facial Cosmetics office today to schedule an appointment and get started on achieving your own timeless beauty.