- Posted on: Apr 30 2017
One hundred years ago who would ever have thought one day we’d use the bacteria that cause botulism in the battle against the march of time. Shows what those prognosticators knew, as there are three different wrinkle reducers that use the botulinum toxin type A: Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin.
Everyone, short of those living in the jungles of New Guinea, knows about Botox. It’s one of the world’s most famous brand names. You may have even heard of Dysport. But Xeomin, ah that’s one that will stump all but the savviest followers of the aesthetic world.
Like Botox, Xeomin is made from the botulinum toxin type A. But, unlike Botox, Xeomin consists of nothing but the toxin; it has no additives. This can make it a better option for patients who have had a reaction to Botox.
What is Xeomin?
Xeomin works exactly like Botox, blocking the nerve messages from the muscle to the brain. Since the messages to a contract are blocked, Xeomin stops the muscle from contracting. The FDA originally approved Xeomin for two conditions — cervical dystonia (a painful condition where the neck muscles contract involuntarily causing the head to twist to one side) and blepharospasm (involuntary closure of the eyelids).
More recently, the FDA approved Xeomin for the same uses as Botox: frown lines, lines between the eyebrows, crow’s feet, and other forehead lines. Like Botox, Xeomin mostly does its work on the top third of the face, where most human expressions are formed.
What makes Xeomin different from Botox?
Like the difference between the Prom Queen and the president of the Debate Club, the difference between Botox and Xeomin is in their purity. Xeomin is made with nothing but the botulinum toxin type A. Because of this; some doctors refer to it as the “naked injectable.” Botox, in contrast, has some surface proteins added to the toxin. Some patients have a reaction to these proteins. Because Xeomin doesn’t have them, they don’t have the same reaction to it.
How long does Xeomin take to start working?
Botox and Xeomin are nearly identical in how long they take to shut down the muscles. Both take from five to seven days to fully take effect.
How long does Xeomin last?
Xeomin does its wrinkle-eliminating magic for three to six months. Different people absorb the now-inactive Xeomin at different rates, explaining the spread in the length of effectiveness. Once the body absorbs Xeomin, the wrinkles will start to form again, and it’s time for another session to maintain your results.
Whether you want to stop those facial muscles from contracting with Botox, Xeomin, or Dysport, we have what you want at Northcoast Laser Cosmetics. Call us at 440-NEW-FACE.