Why Xeomin May be Even Better Than Botox!

Comparing Xeomin and Botox

In the world of aesthetic treatments, Botox has long been a household name. However, newer Xeomin is rapidly garnering popularity for its unique properties and potential advantages over Botox.

In this article, anti-aging expert Dr. Nishath Hakim in Royal Oak explores the histories of both Botox and Xeomin, discusses their similarities and differences, and delves into the benefits and advantages that Xeomin offers over Botox.

History of Botox and Xeomin

Botox, derived from ‘botulinum’, was first approved by the FDA in 2002 for cosmetic use. It quickly became the gold standard for treating facial wrinkles and lines by temporarily relaxing the muscles responsible for these concerns. With its widespread popularity and successful results, Botox has become a trusted solution for millions of individuals seeking to achieve a more youthful appearance.

Xeomin is also derived from the same ‘botulinum’ as Botox. However, Xeomin represents a significant advancement in neuromodulator (nerve blocking) technology. Developed by Merz Pharmaceuticals, Xeomin received FDA approval in 2010 for the treatment of glabellar lines, the vertical frown lines between the eyebrows. Over time, its applications expanded to include various cosmetic and medical uses.

Similarities of Botox & Xeomin

Both Botox and Xeomin are neuromodulators that work by temporarily blocking nerve signals to specific muscles, which reduces the muscle contractions that cause facial wrinkles. They are both non-surgical, injectable treatments, requiring only a quick and relatively painless procedure. The effects of both products typically last around three to four months, with results appearing gradually over the course of a few days.

Differences of Botox & Xeomin

One notable difference between Botox and Xeomin lies in their formulation. While Botox contains complexing proteins, Xeomin is formulated as a “naked” neurotoxin, meaning it lacks these proteins. This difference can be very important.

The advantage to using a “naked” nerve blocker is that some individuals may develop antibodies to the proteins in Botox over time, potentially reducing its effectiveness. With Xeomin, the absence of these complex proteins reduces the likelihood of antibody formation, making it an appealing option for those seeking a long-term solution.

In fact, many of our Royal Oak patients who have developed a “resistance” to the effects of Botox over time have switched to Xeomin with excellent results.

Benefits of Xeomin

Xeomin’s purified formulation eliminates the complex proteins that cause antibody formation – increasing its potential longevity in treating wrinkles and lines. But the advantages of Xeomin don’t end there.

Xeomin is priced lower than Botox – which can save our Royal Oak patients money. And because Xeomin may last longer in some patients (due to less antibody activation), injections may be needed less frequently – which also saves money! Additionally, for patients who have started to become resistant to Botox, less Xeomin will be required to achieve the same results – also reducing the costs.

Xeomin is also faster acting in most individuals than Botox. Botox typically takes two to four days before the weakening of the muscles “kicks in” and prevents muscle contraction – but the maximum results of the Botox treatment take anywhere from ten to fourteen days after the injection. However, according to the Cleveland Clinic, the optimal results of Xeomin can be seen within just three to five days.

Uses of Xeomin

Xeomin has proven to be a versatile cosmetic treatment, primarily used to address dynamic wrinkles caused by repetitive facial muscle movements. Xeomin is highly effective in reducing the appearance of frown lines, those vertical wrinkles that form between the eyebrows. By relaxing the underlying muscles responsible for this area, Xeomin helps smooth out the skin and create a more youthful and relaxed appearance.

The horizontal lines that appear across the forehead due to facial expressions can also be effectively treated with Xeomin. By selectively targeting the muscles involved in this area, Xeomin can soften and diminish these lines, resulting in a smoother forehead.

Xeomin can also be used to improve the appearance of crow’s feet, the fine lines and wrinkles that form around the outer corners of the eyes. By temporarily relaxing the muscles responsible for these wrinkles, Xeomin helps create a more youthful and refreshed look.

In addition to its cosmetic applications, Xeomin has been approved for treating certain medical conditions. Xeomin is FDA-approved for the treatment of cervical dystonia, a neurological disorder characterized by involuntary muscle contractions in the neck. By injecting Xeomin into the affected muscles, it can help reduce muscle spasms, relieve pain, and improve neck posture and mobility.

Xeomin is also approved for the treatment of blepharospasm, a condition characterized by uncontrollable eyelid muscle spasms. By targeting the specific muscles responsible for these spasms, Xeomin can help alleviate symptoms, improve eyelid function, and enhance quality of life for individuals with this condition.

Botox & Xeomin | Royal Oak

While Botox was the go-to choice for wrinkle reduction for many years, the introduction of Xeomin has added a new dimension to the world of anti-aging injectables. With its purified formulation, fast-acting nature, long lasting results, and lower cost, Xeomin may be a better alternative to Botox for many patients.

If you’re considering a wrinkle reduction treatment to rejuvenate your appearance, consult with Dr. Nishath Hakim at Prosperity Health in Royal Oak, MI. She will assess your skin, listen to your appearance goals, and guide you through the options to help you make an informed decision on whether Xeomin is the right choice for you.

Embrace the potential of Xeomin and unlock a refreshed and youthful version of yourself!

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