Xeomin is one of many different FDA-approved neurotoxins on the market that can help treat the signs of aging skin, particularly when it comes to frown lines between the eyebrows. Despite its popularity, many people are still unsure of what Xeomin is and how it impacts the muscles of the face.
Understanding how these neurotoxins work is essential to decide whether the treatment is a good fit for you. Find out more about how Xeomin injections can minimize the appearance of aging when it comes to glabellar lines.
How Neurotoxins Combat Aging
Dynamic wrinkles are an early sign of aging skin that can be combated with neurotoxins such as Xeomin. These types of wrinkles result from repeated facial movements. Some of the most common dynamic wrinkles are found:
- Between the eyebrows
- On the forehead
- Around the eyes (crow’s feet)
- Around the nose and mouth
Particularly when it comes to frown lines that form between the eyebrows, it often starts as skin loses its elastic qualities. Aging skin can no longer rebound as quickly from repeated facial movements, and the result is folds of skin and wrinkles in the affected area. Neurotoxins can help smooth these lines out.
When you start to see these fine lines or severe wrinkles appear on the face, it might be time to consider neurotoxins. They relax the muscles that lead to dynamic wrinkles, effectively reducing fine lines.
Unlike dermal fillers that are designed to treat facial folds and decreased volume, neurotoxins like Xeomin injections are unique in the way they treat the signs and symptoms of aging.
What Are Xeomin Injections?
Xeomin is a prescription medication that is injected into the muscle to improve moderate to severe frown lines between the brows, sometimes also referred to as glabellar lines.
Much like its popular predecessor Botox, Xeomin treatment contains botulinum toxin type A. However, there is a major difference between these two injectables. Xeomin injections are a pure form of the same toxin that can be utilized to combat moderate symptoms of aging.
Xeomin is created through precision manufacturing, allowing only the therapeutic portion of the medication to exist in the sample. Any additional proteins that don’t play an active role in this treatment are left out.
In some instances, it may be necessary to alternate between Botox and Xeomin injections. This prevents the body from building up a tolerance to the effects of the injections.
Some people start to use these injections in their 40s, but many patients begin treatment quite a bit younger. Getting these treatments earlier can be a great way to prevent fine lines from developing in the first place. This is why some people in their 20s and 30s are now starting to seek out this type of treatment.
Are Xeomin Treatments Proven Effective?
Many patients who are considering Xeomin injections are curious about whether this prescription medication has been proven effective. It was cleared by the FDA in 2011, giving it more than ten years of valuable experience on the market.
Researchers performed two randomized and double-blind trials of more than 500 adults in the initial clinical trials. The average age of the participants in the study was 46 years old (when many people begin using neurotoxins).
A participant was recorded as “responsive” to the treatment if they had a two-point change in their glabellar lines on a four-point scale.
At the end of the treatment, researchers compared the efficacy of Xeomin to the results of the placebo trial. After 30 days, the placebo groups reported no change in their fine lines, while the two test groups reported a 48 to 60 percent success rate according to the criteria set by researchers.
When the clinical trials concluded, the FDA gave Xeomin its stamp of approval, paving the way for the treatment.
How Long Does Xeomin Treatment Last?
Xeomin treatment is a semi-permanent solution to aging skin. The results will last for quite some time before requiring a touch-up, but they will not last forever. According to clinical trials, the effects of these injectables lasted for up to three months. Keep in mind that your results may vary slightly from this benchmark, with some people seeing results last longer.
Results show up rather quickly with this type of treatment. Within the first three to four days following the injection, you may notice that your fine lines are diminishing. Most people see the effects of their treatment within the first week, though the maximum benefit occurs around the 30-day mark.
What Is Treatment Like?
Many patients want to know what the treatment will be like before scheduling their appointment to receive Xeomin injections. Fortunately, the process of receiving your treatments is fairly straightforward and does not require much of a time commitment.
Providers typically apply topical numbing cream to clients before starting. Once that cream has activated, your medical provider will apply the Xeomin directly to the muscles that cause moderate to severe frown lines.
The treatment process is relatively quick, making it great if you need to get your injections while on a break at work. Most Xeomin appointments only require about 10 to 20 minutes, allowing you to go about your busy day with only a brief stop at the clinic.
Scheduling Your Xeomin Consultation
Reach out to Live Medspa to learn more about the process and schedule your consultation or learn more about what Xeomin treatment can help your glabella lines. Our Doral, Florida, location is ready and waiting to help you make a positive impact on your appearance!