While Botox is a household name, you may be unaware that similar neuromodulator treatments are also available. Xeomin is an injectable option that is an excellent alternative to Botox for many patients. While overall similar to other neuromodulators, Xeomin was developed with a “uniquely purified” formula. Dr. Liz Damstetter offers Xeomin injections for Reserve Dermatology patients in Glenview, Illinois.
What is Xeomin?
Xeomin is a neuromodulator injectable, meaning it is in the same category as the more well-known Botox along with Dysport. Like these other options, Xeomin uses botulinum toxin type A to block nerve signals to the muscles where the product is injected. Xeomin is unique because it uses a so-called “naked” form of this toxin, which means it does not contain any protein additives. This is believed to prevent antibody resistance over time. It also reduces the chance of an allergic reaction to any added proteins within the product.
“Dr. Liz is truly the best dermatologist I’ve ever been to. She is attentive, kind, and genuinely cares about her patients and their overall skin health. I can not recommend her enough!!!”
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“Dr. Damstetter was the first dermatologist I trusted to do my Botox. She is both knowledgeable and professional and did a fantastic job. I will be using her for any and all of my future needs.”
Uses for Xeomin
Xeomin is primarily used for wrinkles and fine lines that form in the brow area. This includes glabellar lines, or the lines that form between the eyebrows when you frown or squint. Xeomin can also be used to treat abnormal muscle contractions in areas like the neck or eyelids. It may be used off-label for issues like excessive sweating or migraines as well. For a vast majority of patients, however, Xeomin is only used to treat wrinkles.
The Xeomin Procedure
Prior to your Xeomin injections, Dr. Damstetter will review your health history and examine the treatment area to determine whether you are a good candidate. Some conditions, like bleeding disorders, might disqualify you from Xeomin treatment. However, some patients may be better candidates for Xeomin rather than Botox due to a reduced risk for allergic reaction or acquired resistance to the Botox brand. Dr. Damstetter can advise which treatment option is best for you.
Dr. Damstetter will thoroughly cleanse the treatment area, note the appropriate injection sites, and apply a topical numbing agent as needed. The injections can then be completed using a small needle. On average, patients receive about five injections per treatment. This process can be completed very quickly, with most appointments requiring no more than about 10-15 minutes.
After your Xeomin injections, you can immediately return to your normal routine. However, you should avoid applying pressure to or rubbing the treated area to prevent the product from migrating away from the intended area. You should also avoid direct sun exposure, drinking alcohol, or strenuous activity and exercise for about 24 hours to prevent bleeding, bruising, or other unnecessary side effects.
After you receive Xeomin injections, you will likely notice temporary swelling and redness at the injection site. These side effects will resolve quickly, typically within an hour.
Your Xeomin results should be noticeable within about a week of receiving your injections. Many patients report that they notice Xeomin results faster than Botox results. These include smoother skin with reduced wrinkles. You should retain an ability to freely express yourself, though facial movement will be slightly minimized.
On average, Xeomin results last about 3-4 months. After this time, you can receive maintenance injections.
Schedule an Appointment
To learn more about Xeomin, schedule an appointment with Dr. Damstetter. Call Reserve Dermatology in Glenview, Illinois or contact us online.