We are proud to announce the launch of the newest FDA approved neurotoxin, Merz Aesthetic Corporation’s Botox /Dysport alternative called Xeomin. We are excited to be one of the few medical offices in the Valley to be able to offer our patients all three of the approved neurotoxins on the market today. XEOMIN® (incobotulinumtoxinA) from Adam and Eve Med Spa in Scottsdale Arizona is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and used to temporarily improve the look of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines) in adults.
When Allergan’s Botox was FDA approved for anti-aging benefits over ten years ago, it was the only brand of its kind on the market in the United States. Medicis’ Dysport allowed us to give patients a choice in neurotoxins when it came on the market a couple years ago. Yet with both products containing an accessory protein to carry the botulinum toxin (egg or lactose), the body has the ability to build up antibodies over time, causing the results to diminish after continuous usage. Xeomin contains no accessory protein, making it a “pure” version of the botulinum toxin and reducing the risk of an allergic reaction or natural resistance.
Xeomin, Botox and Dysport from Adam and Eve Med Spa in Scottsdale Arizona are all FDA approved and aesthetically designed to smooth and diminish wrinkles. The most common areas treated are crow’s feet, forehead, frown lines around the eye area and brow lifts. However, other areas becoming more popular with patients are the smoker’s lines around the lips, cleavage wrinkling, and even underarm sweating. Xeomin is the most similiar to Botox when measuring units to units. Dysport requires more units at a lower cost per unit. Both Botox and Xeomin require up to two weeks to see the full result of the treatment. Whereas Dysport has a much quicker onset for those patients wanting faster results. All three neurotoxins on the market can last from three to six months per treatment varying from patient to patient. Although we do not think one neurotoxin is superior to the other, we now have options for all our patients with different needs.
XEOMIN® in Aesthetics: How Does it Work? When you squint or frown, the muscles between your brows contract, causing the skin to furrow and fold. These lines that occur due to facial mimics are referred to as dynamic lines. Over time, as your skin ages and loses some of its elasticity, these repeated contractions can cause persistent frown lines. Botulinum toxin type A – the active ingredient in XEOMIN® – is used in facial aesthetic treatment to treat dynamic lines like glabellar frown lines. It acts on nerve endings in muscles to prevent muscle fibers from contracting. By reducing these contractions, XEOMIN® can temporarily reduce the frown lines on your forehead between your eyes.
IS XEOMIN® PROVEN? XEOMIN® (incobotulinumtoxinA) for injection, for intramuscular use, was proven effective in two randomized, double-blind, multicenter, placebo-controlled clinical trials of more than 540 adult patients in the treatment of glabellar frown lines. The average age of patients in the study was 46 years. Patients received 20 Units of XEOMIN® and were classified as responders if they had a 2-grade improvement on a 4-point scale as assessed by the physician and patient. Using these criteria, treatment success was higher with XEOMIN® than placebo on day 30 in both studies (60% and 48% vs. 0% for placebo in both studies). Based on these trials, XEOMIN® received FDA approval for aesthetic use in 2011.
HOW DO I KNOW IF XEOMIN® IS RIGHT FOR ME? If you are an adult with moderate to severe glabellar lines (frown lines between the eyes), XEOMIN® may be right for you. Talk to your doctor to discuss the benefits and risks of treatment. Do not take XEOMIN® if you are allergic to botulinum toxin or any of the other ingredients in XEOMIN®. You should also not take XEOMIN® if you have had an allergic reaction to any other botulinum toxin product or have a skin infection at the planned injection site.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING TREATMENT? During treatment, which usually takes about 10-20 minutes, your doctor will inject XEOMIN® (incobotulinumtoxinA) for injection, for intramuscular use, into the muscles in your forehead that cause frown lines between your brows. No anesthesia is required; however, your physician may use a topical anesthetic or cold pack to reduce any discomfort.
WHEN CAN I EXPECT TO SEE RESULTS? In clinical trials, some patients observed visible smoothing as early as 3-4 days after injection. The median first onset of effect was less than a week. The maximum effect occurred at 30 days. The typical duration of effect was up to 3 months in clinical trials but may last significantly longer or shorter in individual patients. For further information or to consult with one of our experts on which nuerotoxin would be best for you, please call one of our convenient valley locations at (480)771-2819 North Scottsdale/Carefree office or (602)283-2061 Phoenix/Paradise Valley office.