As skin matures over time, it loses its natural elasticity. Facial furrows and folds become more apparent and cause persistent wrinkles and lines. One solution to this is XEOMIN® (similar to BOTOX®), a prescription derma drug that is injected into the facial muscles to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and frown lines. XEOMIN® is made from botulinum type A, bacteria that create botulism, which blocks nerve activity in the muscles and causes a short-term reduction in muscle activity. This injectable can also be used to treat cervical dystonia and eye muscle conditions caused by nerve disorders, like uncontrolled blinking and spasms. Dr. Timothy Mountcastle offers XEOMIN® injections at both of the Mountcastle Plastic Surgery & Vein Institute locations in Ashburn or Reston, VA.
What to Expect?
XEOMIN® is usually a 10 to 20-minute procedure. The doctor will inject XEOMIN® directly into the patient’s facial muscles. Injections may be administered to more than one area at a time, depending on the condition being treated. Patients may be asked to use eye drops, special contact lenses or other devices to protect their eyes during the procedure. No anesthesia is required, but the doctor can use topical anesthesia or cold pack to prevent or reduce any patient discomfort.
After the Procedure
Patients may not begin to see results or improvements until 7 days after receiving XEOMIN® injections. Some patients may experience side effects including neck pain, dry eyes, headache, eyelid swelling or bruising, and pain or redness at the injection site. Results typically last 3 months. Patients should not receive XEOMIN® injections within 3 months of the last Xeomin treatment.
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Which is better, XEOMIN® or BOTOX®?
XEOMIN® is different from BOTOX® because it does not contain any additives, which lessens the chances of patients building antibodies against the medication. Patients should not use Xeomin with other botulinum products. During a consultation, the cosmetic surgeon can determine the best botulinum product for each patient.
Is XEOMIN® FDA approved?
Yes, XEOMIN® is an FDA-approved product. Based on two US clinical trials, XEOMIN® is a safe and effective treatment for adults with cervical dystonia, blepharospasm, facial lines, wrinkles, and folds. The US is the 20th country to approve prescription medication.
Are there certain medications to avoid with XEOMIN®?
Medications, such as cold and allergy medication, muscle relaxers, sleeping aids and urinary medications can increase the chance of XEOMIN®’s side effects. Patients should notify the cosmetic surgeon if they are currently using any blood thinners or antibiotics.
What happens if I missed a treatment?
Patients should not worry if they missed a XEOMIN® treatment. Xeomin injections have a temporary effect and are given months apart. Missing a dose is not harmful to patients.