Botox is one of the most well-known brand names for wrinkle treatment, but it’s not always a fit for everyone. In some cases, a person may have a reaction to the extra proteins that are found in the Botox formulation. For patients unable to use Botox, Laser & Mohs Dermatology of New York offers Xeomin, an alternative option for wrinkle treatment. Call (212) 391-8600 to schedule a consultation for Xeomin, a treatment used for wrinkles without cosmetic surgery!
What is Xeomin?
Xeomin is a neuromodulator composed of botulinum toxin type A, a naturally occurring protein that is produced by the bacteria Clostridium botulinum. One of the main differences between Xeomin and other neuromodulators is that it consists of nothing but the botulinum toxin.
At Laser & Mohs Dermatology of New York, Dr. Adelle Quintana injects Xeomin into the muscles in order to reduce their activity. Xeomin does not stop the muscle from moving entirely; instead, it modifies the contractions. This is achieved by inhibiting a body chemical called acetylcholine from signaling all of the nerves within the muscle to contract.
How Does Xeomin Work?
Xeomin works by temporarily stopping muscles from contracting. The FDA originally approved Xeomin in August 2010 for two conditions: blepharospasm (eyelid spasms) and cervical dystonia (severe contractions of the neck muscles). One year later, the FDA approved Xeomin for the same uses as Botox, namely the treatment of glabellar lines, the lines that form between the eyebrows.
Areas treated with Xeomin
Like all neuromodulators, Xeomin works on “dynamic wrinkles.” These are the wrinkles caused by muscle contractions, in contrast to “static wrinkles” that are caused by sun damage and aging. Dynamic wrinkles generally occur on the upper third of the face, the expressive area.
- Worry lines
- Moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows
- Laugh lines
- Crow’s feet
During your consultation with New York City Dermatologist, Dr. Adelle Quintana, she will discuss the areas of concern and recommend the amount of units for treatment. The number of units injected will vary from patient to patient, which is why a consultation is always needed. After treatment you can start to notice results within 10 days and they can last up to 3 or 4 months.
Xeomin Side Effects
When seeking treatment with an experienced injector, Xeomin side effects are rare and mild but may include redness, bruising and swelling. These local reactions are temporary and can be diminished by applying ice to the area. Xeomin can cause a temporary eyebrow or eyelid ptosis or asymmetry. This reaction is also temporary. These side effects are minimized when the recommended dose is injected and administered by a qualified healthcare professional. Dr. Quintana discusses all benefits and possible side effects during your consultation at her office in New York City.
How is Xeomin different from Botox?
Xeomin is sometimes called “the naked injectable” because it has nothing but the botulinum toxin in its formula. Botox, in contrast, is formulated with some additional proteins along with the botulinum toxin. Certain people can have a reaction to these other proteins; these people may not have the same reaction to Xeomin.
Schedule a Consultation for Xeomin Treatment in NYC
Have you been noticing the appearance of frown lines or wrinkles and are ready to explore treatment options? Call Laser & Mohs Dermatology of New York at (212) 391-8600 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Adelle Quintana to discuss treating wrinkles with Xeomin injections.