Is Xeomin a BOTOX Alternative?
In a sense, yes, Xeomin is a BOTOX Cosmetic alternative because both injectables are composed of botulinum toxin type A. This active ingredient has been used safely and effectively for decades to halt muscle contraction in a precisely targeted area. The muscle in that specific area will no longer fold the skin when you make facial expressions, thereby preventing how these wrinkles are formed.
Xeomin and BOTOX are similar in some ways, and different in other ways. Our experienced team can help you select an injectable. Many of our patients eventually favor one over the other for a variety of reasons, including cost and personal experience with the results.
If you are allergic to BOTOX, you may be allergic to Xeomin as well, since they are both composed of botulinum toxin type A. Xeomin may be a good alternative if you were mostly happy with your BOTOX results but wondering if a similar injectable can provide a better experience.
BOTOX and Xeomin are formulated differently. BOTOX has additive proteins surrounding the botulinum toxin molecules, while Xeomin is a pure form of botulinum toxin type A. While this formulation difference doesn’t necessarily mean one it could be a body procedure or any cosmetic procedure we offer that you are interested BOTOX because of the presence of the proteins. It is possible that if you’ve noticed your normal botulinum toxin treatments seem ineffective, then Xeomin may work for you instead. More research is needed to make any definitive conclusions.
What Can Xeomin Do for Me?
Xeomin temporarily smooths facial lines caused by repeated facial expressions:
- Frown lines/glabellar lines (the vertical creases between the eyebrows)
- Horizontal forehead lines
- Crow’s feet
It cannot address wrinkles caused by volume loss, which are typically treated with a dermal filler.
Do Xeomin Injections Hurt?
Most people experience minimal to non-existent discomfort during Xeomin injections. A very thin needle is used. You may feel a slight pinch as the needle is inserted, but discomfort will go away rapidly. We may suggest a topical anesthetic or cold pack to numb the area.
How Does Xeomin Work?
Botulinum toxin type A is the reason Xeomin works. This safe formulation of the neurotoxin is FDA-approved for softening frown lines. Once injected, botulinum toxin type A halts the signal from the nerves to the muscle. Those signals tell the muscle to contract, which folds the skin. Xeomin stops the contraction, allowing the skin to remain smooth and wrinkle free.
How Long Do the Injections Last?
Xeomin results last 3-4 months. The results will fade but can be restored with another injection appointment.
What is Recovery Like?
Most people get back to their normal activities immediately. It is possible you will experience swelling, redness, and bruising at the injection site for a few hours to a couple of days following. Avoid strenuous exercise for a few days to prevent excessive bruising, which can usually be concealed with cosmetics. We’ll also advise you against rubbing or massaging the area for at least several hours, so that the injectable can settle in the treatment area.
Is Xeomin Safe?
Xeomin is a prescription medication that has been FDA-approved for adults age 18 and older. There are several very rare serious side effects that we will fully inform you of as part of your consultation. Less serious side effects include headaches, tiredness, droopy eyelid, and neck pain. We will review all the potential side effects with you and make sure you are a good candidate for the injectable before recommending it.
Arrange Your Xeomin Appointment
The experienced plastic surgeons and aesthetic staff at Austin Plastic Surgeon look forward to your Xeomin experience. To arrange an appointment, please call us at 512-953-2564. We are more than happy to discuss all of your Xeomin questions and concerns, and to arrange a consultation for you with one of our plastic surgeons.