Xeomin: Another Botox Alternative?

by Emily Disher

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Xeomin (pronounced Zeomin) is an injectable wrinkle relaxer similar to Botox that has been used in Europe and Canada for neuromuscular disorders for several years. While there is some difference in the protein of Xeomin versus Botox, Xeomin has been shown to act like Botox, except that the substance does not need to be frozen and may have a longer shelf life. Xeomin is another form of botulinum toxin A, which can be injected into the muscle underneath the skin to inhibit nerves from contraction. Therefore, the substance causes the muscles not to contract in specific areas, preventing creases and wrinkles from forming in the skin.

The FDA has yet to clear this particular form of botulinum toxin A. Xeomin, still relatively new, has yet to undergo clinical trials, so it is still uncertain whether its effects will be better than Botox. However, because it has the lowest content of protein of all forms of the toxin, it does not induce the formation of neutralizing antibodies. This means that it has longer lasting effects when used to treat such medical conditions as uncontrollable blinking and spasmodic rotation of the head in adults. This may mean that it will prove longer lasting that other injections such as Botox and Dysport.

It is probable that Xeomin’s treatment and side effects will be similar to those of Botox. The treatment will likely last around 30 minutes or less, with little to no recovery time. Common side effects will likely include temporary swelling, redness, and/or bruising at the injection site. More serious or rare risks will be assessed during clinical trials.

While Xeomin is not yet available in the U.S., there are a number of wrinkle-reducing treatments available. Healthy Skin Portal provides all the resources you need to learn more about such injections as Botox and Dysport, for instance. To learn more about reducing the appearance of wrinkles, or to find out about dermal injectable specialists in your area, contact us today!

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