Product Spotlight: Xeomin

Product Spotlight: Xeomin

by Natalie (SU)

In July 2011 the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), approved Xeomin for cosmetic use, similar to Botox and Dysport. Prior to this, Xeomin (incobotulinumtoxinA), manufactured by Merz Pharmaceuticals, was only being used to treat adults with cervical dystonia (abnormal neck pain and movements), blepharospasm (abnormal spasms or involuntary blinking of eyelids), and upper limb spasticity, or stiffness. 

How Xeomin is Different

Although very similar to the other neurotoxins, Xeomin has some important features:

  • Xeomin is the only one that does not need to be refrigerated.
  • Xeomin is "naked" - its only active ingredient is botulinum toxin type A. Inactive ingredients are human albumin and sucrose. There is less risk of developing antibodies or resistance, which could prevent the desired effects.

Approved Cosmetic Uses: 

  • moderate-to-severe frown lines (glabellar lines)
  • crow’s feet
  • forehead wrinkles.

How Xeomin Works

Application: Up to a maximum of five equal injections containing 4 units each of Xeomin are administered. Two into each of the corrugator muscles, and one into the procerus muscle.  Treatments are applied at minimum three-month intervals.

Action:  Xeomin is composed of the bacteria that causes botulism. Botulinum toxin type A temporarily blocks the activity in and paralyzes the muscles that cause wrinkles.

Results: The smoothing of lines or wrinkles is seen within 4-7 days of application. This reduction of muscle activity typically lasts from three to six months.

Cost: The cost for Xeomin is approximately the same as Botox. The average retail cost is between $300.00 – $400.00 every 3 months.  

Side Effects & Risks

  • Pain, bleeding or bruising at injection site
  • Allergic reactions such as itching, swelling
  • In cervical dystonia treatments: neck pain, muscle weakness, injection site pain and musculoskeletal pain.
  • In blepharospasm treatments: drooping eyelids, dry eye or mouth, diarrhea, headache,  impaired vision, dyspnea (shortness of breath), or upper respiratory issues. 
  • Rare risk for spreading outside the site, causing life-threatening swallowing and breathing problems, usually in non-cosmetic applications.

Precautions & Warnings

Most above risks can be avoided during full and detailed consultation with your doctor. All medical conditions and medications, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins and herbal supplements should be disclosed. Antibiotic injections, muscle relaxants, cold or allergy medications, sleep aids or blood thinners all may have unfavorable interactions with Xeomin.

Diseases that affect muscles and nerves, respiratory issues, swallowing difficulty, tendency to bleed easily, are issues that need to be addressed.

Any previous or pending surgeries, especially to the face can affect Xeomin treatments.

Pregnancies, or breastfeeding, current or planned, should be disclosed, as the effects of Xeomin on fetuses, babies and breast milk are not known.

Make sure your doctor knows if you have recently had other botulism treatments specially any reactions or side effects.

If you would like to know more about Xeomin or any other advanced cosmetic procedure or skin care product,  please call SynergenX Health at (877) 915-2554 today, or use our convenient online form.