What is Xeomin?
Xeomin (incobotulinumtoxinA) is an FDA Approved injectable medication used in non-surgical treatments of certain facial wrinkles associated with aging. It contains botulinum toxin A as its active ingredient, also used in Botox Cosmetic.
Cost of Xeomin injections
The cost of Xeomin injections is around $400 to $800 per treatment session. Here are some factors that come into play when determining the cost:
- Location Matters: Where you’re located matters. Different regions, cities, and even specific clinics or providers may have different price tags. Generally, bigger cities and more affluent areas tend to have higher prices.
- Your Provider: The experience and reputation of the healthcare provider will impact the cost. Highly skilled providers might charge more for their services. The ideal types of providers are dermatologists, plastic surgeons, or facial plastic surgeons.
- Type of Clinic: The kind of clinic where you get your treatment can affect the cost. Upscale clinics often have higher fees.
- Number of Units: Xeomin is typically priced per unit, similar to other neurotoxin treatments. The number of units required for a treatment depends on the treatment area and the desired results. Areas with more pronounced wrinkles or larger muscle groups may require more units, which can increase the overall cost.
- Additional Treatments: Xeomin can be combined with other cosmetic procedures like dermal fillers or laser treatments which could increase your overall cost.
It’s important to consult with a qualified healthcare provider who can provide a detailed breakdown of the expenses involved, tailored to your individual needs.
Is Xeomin right for you?
Xeomin may be used cosmetically to treat moderate to severe “frown lines” between the eyebrows (glabellar lines), but is not used to treat any other kinds of facial lines or wrinkles.
- Xeomin should only be used in people who are at least 18 years of age.
- Xeomin should not be used for women who are or may be pregnant, or who are breastfeeding.
- You should not get this treatment if you have an allergy to botulinum, or if you have an active infection or rash in the treatment area.
There are certain medical conditions and medications that can make you a poor candidate for injections; be sure that your doctor is aware of your medical history before treatment.
You should advise your treating healthcare professional if you have used other botulinum toxin fillers, including previous Xeomin, Botox, Jeuveau, or Dysport injections in the previous four months, as you may not be able to receive a Xeomin treatment.
How it works
When used for cosmetic purposes, Xeomin uses a natural muscle paralyzer obtained from the bacteria Clostridium botulinum to relax or paralyze muscles that cause facial wrinkles. Some types of face wrinkles are caused by tension from the muscles under the skin.
Facial expressions and other movements of the muscles under the skin of the face cause the skin to bend and fold, but the skin’s natural elasticity allows it to spring back to its proper form once the muscles relax. However, as we age, our skin loses its elasticity, and the skin doesn’t spring back to its original supple form as well when the facial muscles relax.
The result is the well-known lines and wrinkles that come with age. By relaxing and paralyzing the muscles under the skin wrinkles, Xeomin smooths the skin and reduces the appearance of these age-related skin defects.
Areas commonly treated
Xeomin works by paralyzing and relaxing muscles, so it has uses for medical and cosmetic procedures targeted at releasing unwanted effects of muscle tension. It’s medical applications include treating:
- Chronic muscle spasticity
- Excessive drooling
- Blepharospasm (spasticity around the eyes that forces the eyelids shut).
In this article we will focus on Xeomin’s cosmetic indications:
- Treatment of glabellar lines – the wrinkles that form between the eyebrows
Xeomin treatments typically take place in a doctor’s office and usually take 10-30 minutes. The injection should always be performed by a doctor, nurse, or other healthcare professional specifically trained and certified in doing these kinds of injections.
Generally, there is very little discomfort involved – at worst a small “pinch” sensation – so no anesthesia is required. However, some injectors may use ice to numb the area, or may offer to use a topical or local anesthetic.
Using a thin needle, Xeomin is injected directly into the targeted muscle. Depending on the area being treated, the process may include more than one injection to the same area of the muscle or to two different locations. Usually 3-5 injections into the same area are required.
After a Xeomin treatment, you are free to leave the doctor’s office and will likely require no downtime. Most people are able to carry on with their normal daily routine immediately after a treatment, including returning to work.
During the first three days after treatment you should avoid rubbing or touching your face as this can cause the injected material to spread to nearby muscles. It is also important to keep your head and neck elevated during this time.
On the day of a Xeomin treatment, some precautions are advised:
- Do not lie down for four hours after the treatment
- Do not massage or apply heat to the area treated
- Avoid activities that cause flushing (such as sitting in a hot tub, exercising, or drinking alcohol)
When will you see results?
The results of a Xeomin treatment are not immediately apparent. Results begin to appear approximately 3-4 days after the injections, with final results taking up to 10-15 days.
How long does Xeomin last?
The results usually last for 3-5 months, so repeat treatments will be necessary to maintain the effects. Once Xeomin’s effects begin to wear off, you’ll need to return to your provider in order to maintain results. Both Botox and Xeomin last about the same amount of time with some variation between patients.
Xeomin vs other botulinum toxin A options
Xeomin achieved FDA approval in 2011. Known as a “naked injectable,” Xeomin differs in that it doesn’t contain any additives, unlike its older competitors. However, the most significant difference between Xeomin and other injectables like Botox and Dysport is that Xeomin contains only one ingredient: botulinum toxin type A. This sets it apart in a number of ways:
- Because Xeomin doesn’t contain any additives, your body is much less likely to become resistant to it
- Xeomin doesn’t need to be refrigerated, making it much easier for doctors to keep on hand.
- With no bonding proteins, the chances of an allergic reaction are greatly reduced.
Often measured in units like Botox, Xeomin usually runs about $8 to $17 per unit. The cost of each treatment can be as high as $800, though like all other injectables, the final price depends on your injector’s experience and the area to be treated.
For more information visit www.xeominaesthetic.com.
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