Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Xeomin the Alternative Wrinkle Treatment

Basic Composition of Botox and Xeomin

The basic composition of Xeomin and Botox is botulinum toxin A. Botulinum toxin is a naturally occurring protein and a neurotoxin produced by bacteria. It is used as a therapeutic, muscle-relaxing injectable that works on the nerve ends of the facial muscles, to reduce deep seated wrinkles. It flattens out the visible wrinkles and the long term benefits are when the skin smoothens out, without the negative influence of the muscles that caused the wrinkles. Xeomin acts on facial muscles that are oft used when we frown, squint or furrow our brows and on crow’s feet at the corners of our eyes.

Why Xeomin is an Alternative Wrinkle Treatment 
  • Unlike Botox, Xeomin does not require to be refrigerated, consequently simplifying storage and distribution
  • It also has no additives other than its basic composition of botulinum A
  • Therefore, this could mean that there is lesser risk of developing antibodies against Xeomin
  • Since antibodies are not formed there are lesser chances of the neurotoxins not functioning effectively
  • Xeomin acts a week after it has been injected and the effect of the therapeutic, cosmetic treatment lasts from three to six months
  • However, Xeomin should not be used with other botulinum products or interchanged with them
  • Though rare, Botox can stop working sometimes, especially since antibodies can prevent it from working effectively. However, the same is not true for Xeomin, as it does not cause the development of antibodies and hence in the long run, Xeomin will work effectively
  • Xeomin used properly will leave a natural and effectively smooth skin
  • When Xeomin is injected strategically around the eyes and forehead, it can give the appearance of a brow lift or eyelid lift
  • Xeomin can also be used to treat excessive sweating
  • Other areas where Xeomin can be injected to treat wrinkles are, on the chin, around the mouth and to reduce an excessive gummy smile
  • Xeomin is also used to reduce the appearance of an excessively square jaw
  • In comparison to Botox and Dysport, Xeomin is slower to act
  • It is a prescription medication and before being treated, consult with your doctor on the procedure and risk factors
  • Xeomin has been approved by the FDA as a safe cosmetic, therapeutic injectable

Procedure and Downtime
  • The procedure to inject Xeomin takes about 10 – 15 minutes
  • Normal activities can be begun immediately
  • After the treatment, all caution must be taken not to rub the face
  • When the treatment is undergone with a certified dermatologist or a qualified doctor, the pain that may be caused at the injection sites can be reduced with the use of special techniques and equipment. However, upon request a topical cream can be used to numb the sites of the injection

Average Cost

The average cost of Xeomin treatment across the United States of America is around US$400.

Some Risk Factors

There are some risks associated with botulinum products such as Xeomin and Botox.
  • The risk of the product spreading to other areas in the body other than the site of injectable is likely, causing swallowing and breathing problems. This has not so far been observed in patients who received Xeomin for cosmetic purposes
  • Bleeding and bruising at the injected site may occur
  • Allergic reactions such as itching, swelling and shortness of breath can also occur
  • No matter what the purpose of the usage of Xeomin is, the side effects of the injectable are – pain in the neck area, weakness of muscles, pain at the site of injection and muscular-skeletal pain 

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