Once the world got wind of the impressive results cosmetic injectables deliver, it didn’t take long for Botox to become a household name. However, Botox isn’t the only cosmetic injectable offering smoother, younger-looking skin.
Xeomin and Dysport are two Botox alternatives rapidly rising in popularity. These products rely on the exact ingredient Botox does to treat wrinkles, although in slightly different formulations.
What Is Xeomin?
Xeomin’s active ingredient is botulinum toxin type A. This injectable treats dynamic wrinkles, which appear when making facial expressions, such as the “11” lines between the brows.
Xeomin injections stop the signals between the nerves and the muscles, relaxing them and smoothing out the wrinkles.
How Does Xeomin Differ from Botox?
Even though Xeomin uses the same active ingredients as Botox, and both procedures are minimally invasive ways to smooth out dynamic wrinkles, there are some critical differences in these cosmetic injectables.
The main difference between Xeomin and Botox is that Botox contains an inactive protein, while Xeomin does not contain any additives. Xeomin’s structure earned it the nickname “naked Botox.”
Patients who receive cosmetic injectables with botulinum toxin type A and additive proteins for years may eventually become desensitized to the product’s additional proteins, making the product as a whole less effective. Xeomin’s simplified ingredient list eliminates both of these concerns.
What Areas Does Xeomin Treat?
Xeomin treats several conditions, both cosmetic and medical. For example, patients experiencing concerns from hyperactive muscles can benefit from Xeomin for many issues, including wrinkles, twitching eyelids, and excessive sweating. For cosmetic purposes, Xeomin has many common injection sites, such as those below.
The Upper Eyebrows
Aging causes skin and soft tissues to lose elasticity over time. As a result, the space between their eyebrows and eyelashes shortens, and the browline moves down.
This shortening and sinking can cause those affected to look tired, angry, or sad. Lifting the brows refreshes the face instantly.
Xeomin injections into the muscles above and below the eyebrow calm the muscles and prevent them from drooping in a minimally invasive procedure, with much less preparation and recovery than a traditional brow lift.
Like sagging eyebrows, deep creases in the forehead also make patients appear older. Xeomin injections into five strategic points of the eyebrows temporarily erase mild and moderate forehead wrinkles and folds.
Frequently referred to as “bunny lines,” Xeomin can immobilize the lines that form either straight or diagonally from the sides of your nose just below the bridge. Despite their cute name, bunny lines are similar to crow’s feet. They form when you wrinkle your nose but eventually create grooves that stay even when the face relaxes.
The Upper Eyelids
Because the skin around the eyelids is so thin and used frequently, upper eyelid lift surgery (or blepharoplasty) is a widely performed cosmetic procedure. As we age, the skin of the eyelids stretches, and the muscles weaken, causing sagging eyebrows, droopy upper lids, and bags below the eyes.
Xeomin provides a minimally invasive eyelid lift without surgery. By calming the muscles around the eyelids, Xeomin delays the deepening of wrinkles around the eyes and alleviates twitching eyelid muscles.
The orbicularis oris muscle is a complex, multi-layered muscle that surrounds the mouth, serving as an attachment site for facial muscles around the mouth. Fine lines form around the mouth through age and habitual movement, and the upper lip loses fullness and elasticity.
Xeomin injections into the orbicularis oris muscle create a minimally invasive lip augmentation. By relaxing the muscle, the lips flip outward, creating fullness without using dermal fillers that can look fake. Instead, the relaxed muscles create a natural roundness and smoothness around the mouth.
What to Expect During a Xeomin Treatment
There is not much prepping you need to do before a Xeomin treatment. The actual Xeomin injection process will take less than ten minutes. Dr. Jeneby will start by numbing the treatment area (the number of injections you receive will depend on the treatment area and plan). Once he has finished administering the treatment, you should be able to resume your day as usual.
Your face may look smoother immediately after treatment, but it can take anywhere from five to ten days to see the full results of your Xeomin procedure. Generally, Xeomin treatments work faster and last longer than Botox treatments.
How to Optimize Your Results
If you want the best treatment results possible, ask Dr. Jeneby about aftercare. While there’s no recovery or downtime involved in Xeomin treatment, some post-treatment measures may boost your results.
For example, it’s wise to avoid excessive sun or heat for 72 hours. You may also want to avoid excessive alcohol consumption and high amounts of salt in the first day or two while the injectable settles.
The Key to Xeomin Cosmetic Injectables
Once you determine to put your best face forward with Xeomin, choosing your provider is the most crucial decision you need to make. Xeomin is a technique-sensitive treatment, so using a physician who is experienced and knowledgeable in facial anatomy is key to being pleased with your results.
Dr. Jeneby brings 20 years of experience, training, and knowledge to his Xeomin treatments. Recognized as one of San Antonio Scene’s best plastic surgeons for 11 years in a row, Dr. Jeneby’s work has been recognized in SA Monthly, Texas MD, Newsweek, and more.
Schedule Your Initial Consultation Now
You don’t have to let wrinkles make you look tired, grumpy, or older than you feel. Instead, bring back your smooth, youthful skin with Xeomin, and enjoy your reflection again.
Schedule an appointment at the Plastic and Cosmetic Center of South Texas with Dr. Jeneby today to learn the best treatment plan for you!