Would you like to wipe away unwanted facial lines and reclaim the smooth, youthful skin you used to have? Xeomin injections, which are available at Ideal Face & Body in Beverly Hills, CA, can easily get rid of them. If you’re looking for a way to turn back the clock, this may be the solution you’ve been looking for.
What Is Xeomin?
Xeomin is an FDA-approved injection that contains botulinum toxin type A. It works by relaxing the muscles in your face. By slowing down some of that muscle activity, the facial lines that develop as a result of repetitive expressions have a chance to smooth over. Patients who have had this treatment look visibly more relaxed and refreshed. They also look younger.
Xeomin is part of a class of injectable treatments known as neurotoxins. Botox, Dysport, and Jeuveau, which are all offered by our practice, are also neurotoxins. All of these injections rely on small amounts of botulinum toxin A to block muscle contractions and erase lines and wrinkles. Neurotoxins are popular because they are quick and easy treatments that offer patients fast results. They are one of the most sought out cosmetic treatments in the country.
What Kind of Wrinkles Can It Help With?
Neurotoxins help with the wrinkles that form because of facial expressions we make over and over again each day. Every time we yawn, smile, or squinch our brows in concentration, we’re stretching the skin in ways that lead to wrinkles. Neurotoxins can combat expressive wrinkles, but they aren’t as effective on static wrinkles, which develop with age as the skin begins to lose elasticity and gravity and sun exposure take their toll.
If static wrinkles are your primary concern, we may recommend a different type of cosmetic treatment, such as dermal fillers. Xeomin can be used all over the face, but it is particularly effective on crow’s feet, creases that stretch across the forehead, and the worry lines that sometimes develop between the eyebrows.
Is It Different Than Botox?
These two injectables are remarkably similar, and for many patients, they are almost indistinguishable. They work the same way and cost roughly the same, and both injectables offer results that last anywhere from three to four months. There are only small differences between the two.
The two are made with slightly different chemical formulas. While Xeomin is made out of pure botulinum toxin, Botox contains botulinum toxin and some additional proteins and additives. The additional ingredients in Botox slightly raise the chance of an allergic reaction in some patients. Those extra ingredients also mean that Botox must be refrigerated before use.
Onset of Results
Although both of these injectable treatments offer similar outcomes, Botox results tend to develop a little faster. Botox results can develop within 72 hours, while Xeomin results may take as long as four days to develop.
The FDA cleared Botox in 2002, and because that injectable has been around longer than some of the other neurotoxins, it enjoys tremendous brand recognition. Xeomin was approved in 2010, which means it’s a newer player in the market and not as widely known.
What Advantages Are Associated With This Treatment?
You’ll Look Younger
Fine facial lines have a way of creeping up on us as we age. This is especially true on the upper part of the face and around the eyes, where the skin is thinner but almost always in motion. Most patients are amazed at how refreshed and youthful they look once some of those lines have been wiped away. Neurotoxin injections won’t dramatically change your appearance, but they will subtlely soften and rejuvenate your face.
It Can Keep Aging at Bay
Neurotoxin injections are no longer just for the middle-aged. Patients in their late 20s and 30s are now turning to these injections as a way of keeping early signs of aging at bay. For many of these patients, the first lines are just beginning to develop, and a neurotoxin can help slow down their progression.
One of the big advantages of these injections is that they’re so convenient. A quick lunch-hour appointment can help you turn back the clock and give you results that will last for months. Neurotoxin injections are an easy way to boost your appearance and your self-confidence.
It’s a Solution if Botox Has Stopped Working for You
Patients who have been using Botox injections for years occasionally develop a resistance to it and find that it is no longer as effective for them. For these patients, switching to Xeomin can help, and the pure formulation of this injectable means it’s less likely that patients will build up an immunity to it.
Every patient we see has slightly different cosmetic concerns, and we can customize our use of this neurotoxin to meet each individual’s needs. Whether you want a subtle softening of a couple of lines or you want an aggressive improvement, we can design a treatment plan for you. We may even recommend a combination of different neurotoxin injections or incorporate dermal fillers and other treatments.
What Can I Expect During Treatment?
These treatments are administered in the comfort of our practice. We’ll start by applying ice and/or a numbing cream to the area to ensure your comfort. We’ll then use a fine needle to perform the injection. The entire process will only take 10 to 15 minutes, and most patients return immediately to their regular schedules.
Your final results should develop within two weeks.
Am I a Good Candidate?
If you’re interested in neurotoxin injections, the best way to get started is to schedule a complimentary consultation with our practice. During this appointment, we’ll evaluate your skin and talk with you about your cosmetic goals and concerns. We’ll work with you to determine if a neurotoxin injection is right for you, and we’ll develop a custom treatment plan for you. There are several signs you may be a particularly good candidate.
You Have Healthy Skin
The best candidates have skin in the treatment area that is healthy and not inflamed in any way.
You Understand the Treatment
Candidates should also understand the treatment and be realistic about the outcomes it offers. Patients love the outcomes they get, but the results are more subtle than what can be achieved with plastic surgery or another invasive treatment.
What Else Can This Injectable Be Used For?
Today’s neurotoxin injections are primarily used as wrinkle-busters, but they can be used to address other cosmetic concerns as well. We sometimes use these injectables to perk up a smile that naturally droops or address a smile that reveals too much of the patient’s gum. In some cases, these injectables can even be used to add definition to a soft jawline.
This injection can also be used to address non-cosmetic health issues, including muscle spasms, chronic drooling, and certain eye muscle conditions.
Can You Assure Me That I Won’t Look Overdone?
The practice of administering neurotoxin injections has evolved considerably in the years since these treatments first became available, and there is now a greater focus on offering patients more natural results. If you’re concerned about looking plastic or overdone, be sure to share your concerns with us during your consultation. We have a highly experienced staff, and we’ll explain our approach and work with you to assure that the outcome is what you are hoping for
What Should I Tell My Doctor Before Treatment?
During your initial consultation, be sure to share all of your medical conditions with us, including any medications you take and any diseases you may have that affect your muscles and nerves. We also will want to know if you have allergies to any botulinum toxin product, and when your last botulinum toxin injection was.
Are There Any Special Steps I’ll Need to Take Afterwards?
Patients are usually asked to avoid manipulating the treatment area after their appointment, and we also suggest that they refrain from strenuous exercises for the next 24 hours. We recommend that they avoid excessive heat or sun for 72 hours.
How Long Will My Results Last?
Results vary with each patient, but most individuals enjoy their results for three or four months. Patients have the option of scheduling a follow-up treatment to maintain their look.
How Soon Should I Get This Injection if I’m Preparing for a Special Occasion?
Many of our patients seek out these injections as a way of getting ready for a wedding, a reunion, or some other special occasion. Because it takes about two weeks for your results to fully develop after a neurotoxin injection, you’ll want to schedule your appointment at least two weeks before the big event, and maybe even three. That way, you can be certain you’ll look your best.
Can Men Take Advantage of This Injection?
Yes. Men are just as interested as women in fighting back against wrinkles and other signs of aging. This injectable treatment is safe and effective for both male and female patients.
What if I’m Interested in a Neurotoxin Injection, but I’m Not Sure Which One Is Best for Me?
You don’t have to decide on your own which injection to pursue. Given that many of these injections work in much the same way, it’s difficult for patients to pick one out on their own.
Once we’ve had a chance to evaluate your skin and have an understanding of what types of lines and wrinkles you’re looking to erase, we’ll be able to make a specific recommendation regarding your treatment. We may even use different neurotoxins to address different areas on your face.
Can This Injection Be Used in Conjunction With a Dermal Filler?
Yes. Botulinum toxin injections and dermal fillers work in different ways to rejuvenate the face, and it’s not uncommon for patients to take advantage of both treatments.
Are You Ready to Put Your Best Face Forward?
Are fine lines and wrinkles making you look older than you really are? Would you like to smooth over those lines and achieve a more youthful and vibrant appearance? A botulinum toxin injection may be the perfect solution. Call Ideal Face & Body in Beverly Hills, CA, and schedule a Xeomin consultation today!