Xeomin is an injectable treatment used to relax facial muscles and soften expression lines.
- Downtime: Very minimal
- Pain Level: Very Minimal
- Results Duration: 3 – 4 months
Expression lines and wrinkles such as crows feet, forehead, frown lines, gummy smile, and bunny nose lines
Topical anesthetic is available
What is Xeomin?
Xeomin is a medication that falls into the category of neuromodulators, along with Botox, Dysport, and the latest addition, Jeuveau. Dermatologists use neuromodulators to minimize the appearance of some types of wrinkles, including crow’s feet, frown lines, and horizontal forehead wrinkles.
Xeomin was FDA-approved for cosmetic use after two US clinical trials showed it was comparable in both safety and efficacy to Botox. The US was the 20th country to approve the medication as a wrinkle treatment. Before that time, Xeomin was approved as a medical treatment for some muscle and nerve conditions. The Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York offer Xeomin to our patients as another effective alternative in anti-aging and rejuvenation.
How does Xeomin Work?
When injected into facial muscles, the active ingredient in Xeomin reduces muscle activity for three to four months. As the muscle relaxes, it no longer causes creases to form when you make certain facial expressions. Your expressions are still natural, but the lines associated with it are gone.
The goal of a Xeomin treatment is to administer the precise amount of the medication to minimize the wrinkles without creating a “frozen” look to the face. Our experienced doctors and injectable experts know how to help you look relaxed, rejuvenated and more youthful, without losing the ability to show natural expression.
Do Xeomin Injections Hurt?
Most patients do not experience significant discomfort during a Xeomin treatment, comparing the injections to a skin pinch. However, if you are concerned about your comfort level, talk to your doctor about the application of a topical numbing cream before your procedure.
When Will I See Results?
You may start to see improvement in the days following your procedure. However, most patients won’t experience their final result until a week or two after treatment. Those results should last between 3 and 5 months.
How Long is the Recovery Time After Treatment?
Most patients head back to work or other activities immediately following their Xeomin treatment. You might experience headaches for the first day or two. Some patients also see slight bruising or swelling around the injection sites for 2 or 3 days. Make sure you plan your treatment around any upcoming events to ensure your skin is fully healed. Your doctor may also give you specific post-treatment instructions to aid your healing and enhance your results.
In The News
Do Men Receive Xeomin?
Neuromodulator treatments like Xeomin were the most popular nonsurgical cosmetic treatment for men in 2018, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. More than 450,000 men underwent this treatment, which comprised 6% of all patients seeking that procedure. The use of neurotoxins has grown by 381% within the male population from 2000 to 2018.
While men and women both seek out this treatment, it is essential for men to see a doctor who is experienced in treating men and understands the subtle differences required to achieve a natural result. Our dedicated dermatologists take these real differences into account during every treatment to give all our patients the best possible outcome.
Questions and Answers
Q: Is Xeomin Safe?
A: Xeomin was approved for cosmetic use by the FDA in 2011, based on two clinical studies in the US that showed the medication is similar to Botox in terms of safety and efficacy. The best way to ensure a positive experience is to schedule your Xeomin treatment with a medical provider with extensive training in the injectable, like our aesthetic experts at the Laser and Skin Surgery Center of New York. For maximum safety, avoid treatments at non-medical spas, salons, and parties. Other neuromodulators such as Botox, Dysport, and Jeuveau are all FDA-approved as well.
Q: How Long Do Results Last?
A: Neuromodulators all offer similar timelines for results. Some improvement may appear within 24 to 48 hours, but it can take up to 2 weeks to see your final outcome. Positive results typically last between 3-5 months, so regular treatment sessions are necessary to maintain your refreshed appearance. Regular treatments might also keep some lines from worsening and may ward off the formation of others for a longer time period.
Q: Do Neuromodulators Treat All Wrinkles?
A: Neuromodulators like Xeomin, Botox, Dysport, and Jeuveau all work best on lines known as dynamic wrinkles. These are the wrinkles that form when you make facial expressions like smiling or squinting. Most dynamic wrinkles are located in the upper portion of the face, on the forehead and around the eyes. Creases that form as a result of volume loss and skin laxity do not respond well to neuromodulators. We can treat those aging symptoms with injectable dermal fillers and other treatment options.
Q: Are There Any Side Effects?
A: Side effects are uncommon and usually mild and temporary when they do occur. Some patients might experience swelling or bruising around the injection sites for two or three days. Make sure you give your skin time to heal before scheduling a large social or professional event. Some patients also experience headaches for a day or two, which can be treated using over-the-counter pain relievers.
Q: Will My Face Look And Feel Unnatural?
A: This is a common concern for patients receiving Xeomin or another neuromodulator for the first time. The key to natural results is choosing the right person to perform your treatment. A trained injector like the board-certified cosmetic dermatologists at the Laser and Skin Surgery Center of New York has expertise in facial anatomy to produce subtle, yet impressive results. No one should be able to tell you had a cosmetic treatment unless you tell them. Precision in dosing amount and needles placement will ensure improvement to fine lines and wrinkles, while still allowing patients to maintain their natural facial expressions.
Q: When Should I Start Getting Anti-Wrinkle Injections?
A: The timeframe for starting neuromodulator treatments varies from patient to patient. We encourage you to schedule an in-person assessment with one of our aesthetic experts to discuss your concerns and determine whether Xeomin is the right choice for you.
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