Xeomin has now been approved for some cosmetic indications – Moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows. Similar to other drugs in this category, including Botox and Dysport, that also have FDA approval for the treatment of facial wrinkles. Xeomin is the first one that does not need to be refrigerated before use, which may simplify distribution. Xeomin is also has no additives, just botulinum toxin type A. This may mean that there is less risk of developing antibodies against Xeomin than other available neurotoxins. The body develops antibodies in response to a foreign invader and attacks. In theory, antibodies could prevent a neurotoxin from having its desired effects.
How Does it Work?
Frown lines form when facial expressions are made as the muscle under the skin contracts. Over time, as your skin ages, these repeated expressions cause lasting frown lines. Neurotoxins such as XEOMIN®, are prescription medications that block the release of chemicals that cause these muscle contractions so frown lines are softened.
Tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions and all of the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins and herbal supplements. Using XEOMIN® with certain other medicines may cause serious side effects. Do not start any new medicines until you have told your doctor that you have received XEOMIN® in the past.
Xeomin is an outpatient procedure that requires no downtime. You’ll be able to resume your normal activities immediately. Know that injection sites may be slightly sore or sensitive, so you should avoid direct sun exposure for a few days.
You may begin to see visible smoothing as early as 3-4 days after injection. The median first onset of effect was less than a week. The maximum effect occurred 30 days. The typical duration of effect was up to 3 months in clinical trials.