“Botox” has become almost a generic term in our culture, an umbrella label that casually covers any wrinkle-fighting injectable neuromodulator treatment. It’s much like the way “Kleenex” is often referenced for all paper facial tissues.
To be sure, the actual, brand-name Botox has proved to be a cosmetic treatment breakthrough, But now, there is a next-generation derivative that takes these injections to a new level.
It’s called Xeomin.
Xeomin is FDA-approved, and is the brand name for incobotulinumtoxinA injections, a form of the botulinum toxin type A protein often used to eliminate or reduce facial lines and wrinkles.
Facial lines primarily result from long-term, repetitive contractions of your facial muscles. The more you use these muscles — and the more powerfully you use them — the more your facial skin is pulled and stressed.
Like other drugs in a family called neuromodulators, Xeomin works by temporarily paralyzing selected facial muscles. That gives your skin a chance to relax and return to a smooth, less-lined appearance.
Xeomin injections should only be given by a trained and experienced medical professional.
Xeomin does not contain the associated proteins that Botox does. This purity dramatically reduces the risk of allergic reactions. Other benefits include:
Xeomin is also sometimes prescribed to treat abnormal contractions of the limbs, neck muscles, or eyelids.
Unlike Botox, Xeomin generally does not need refrigeration before injection, making distribution easier. While the duration of results is similar between Botox and Xeomin, data suggest that the benefits of Xeomin become evident a little sooner than is the case with Botox.
But the main difference is purity. Xeomin contains no additives, only safe but potent botulinum toxin type A. The accessory proteins contained in Botox may trigger your body to produce antigens. This may then create “drug resistance” as time goes on. Subsequent Botox treatments may lose some of their effectiveness as your body develops an “immunity.” Your future Xeomin treatments will not lose their efficacy.
You must be at least 18 years of age and in good general health. Some pre-existing nerve, muscular, or breathing diseases may disqualify you.
Dr. Troiano is also a great listener! After reviewing your medical history during your consultation for Xeomin West Palm Beach plastic surgeon, Dr. Troiano will take the time to learn about your goals and objectives. Then, if you agree to proceed, she will answer all your questions about your procedure. She’ll also be happy to show you “before and after” pictures of previous Xeomin patients.
It’s a good idea to schedule your treatment at least two weeks from any big event or special occasion.
If you smoke, you will need to stop for a period before and after your injections, as determined by Dr. Troiano. You will also be directed to suspend the use of aspirin or any other drug or supplement that can interfere with normal blood clotting.
Also, avoid alcohol for a day or two before your procedure since alcohol might increase the risk of bruising or swelling around your treatment areas.
The injections will be given in an office environment and often take less than ten minutes. The needles used are some of the smallest available, but we can also utilize topical numbing cream or ice packs to ease any discomfort at the injection sites.
We’ll watch you closely for a few minutes after your West Palm Beach Xeomin injections to check for any possible adverse reactions. After that, you are free to get on with your day!
Don’t touch or rub your face to avoid moving the botulinum toxin to an unintended area. Avoid strenuous exercise for 24 hours, and stay out of the sun for a few days. After that, make daily use of high-quality sunscreen to optimize your results and help prevent future skin damage.
It may take up to a week for your full results to show. The benefits of your Xeomin treatment should last up to four months.
Dr. Troiano’s goal is always to bring your vision into reality.
Insist on an experienced, fellowship-trained plastic surgeon who combines advanced technical skills with a keen eye for human beauty. Dr. Chelsea Troiano has made facial plastic surgery the sole focus of her practice. Book a chat with West Palm Beach plastic surgeon, Dr. Troiano by calling (561) 571-3323.
Remember that numbing cream and ice can be applied to your face prior to your treatment. You’ll feel nothing more than a slight pinch at your injection sites.
It’s a good idea to have a driver until you know how the medication has affected you.
Avoid sleeping on your stomach or side for a few days so as not to put pressure on your injection sites. Sleep on your back instead.
All such procedures carry risks, including infection, bleeding, poor wound healing, and adverse reaction to anesthesia or procedures. The most serious risk would be the movement of the botulinum toxin into unintended areas.
Common side effects are headaches, bruising, and swelling, all of which should resolve quickly. Tell your doctor immediately if you experience difficulty breathing, swallowing, or extreme muscle weakness.
Since the effects of neuromodulators on fetuses or infants have not been fully determined, pregnant or breastfeeding women should not undergo treatment.
Costs vary according to the extent of your Xeomin treatment and the number of vials required in your procedure. Ask your doctor about costs prior to your injections.
If your treatment is performed for cosmetic rather than medical reasons, your insurance will not cover the costs.