Xeomin is the third botulinum toxin medication to receive FDA clearance in the United States. Just like Botox and Dysport, it works by relaxing specific facial muscles. Xeomin has been used around the world since 2005, and was introduced to the US market in 2010 by Merz Pharmaceuticals, LLC.
At the Guilford CT plastic surgery office of Dr. Collins, Xeomin provides another option for wrinkle treatment without surgery.
Who Should Consider Treatment with XEOMIN?
Xeomin received FDA clearance in summer 2010 for glabellar wrinkles (also known as frown lines), along with treatment of cervical dystonia (abnormal neck pain) and eye spasms.
Dr. Collins may recommend Xeomin for you if you exhibit:
- Forehead lines
- Frown lines (on the glabella)
- Crow’s feet
Currently FDA approved indications for XEOMIN include:
- Glabellar wrinkes
- Cervical dystonia to decrease the severity of abnormal head position and neck pain, or
- Abnormal spasm of the eyelids in adults who have had prior treatment with onabotulinumtoxinA (Botox®)
XEOMIN is not recommended for patients with a known hypersensitivity to the active substance botulinum toxin type A or to any of the components in the formulation and in the presence of infection at the proposed injection site(s).
How does XEOMIN work?
At our Guilford plastic surgery office, XEOMIN is injected directly into small facial muscles, which works to temporarily decrease their activity. The drug blocks the release of a chemical messenger known as acetylcholine, which sends a signal from the nerves thats causes muscles to contract. The muscles can still contract, but they do it less forcefully, which helps to treat muscle spasms. The injection plan varies from person to person, depending on the number of muscles involved and the extent of their involvement.
The following are common questions about XEOMIN at Dr. Collins’ office. Contact us if you need additional information about this medication.
How often will I need treatment with XEOMIN?
Patients vary, but studies suggest that it takes 7 days before results take effect. They generally last up to 12 weeks, but you should ask Dr. Collins for specific instructions about returning to Guilford for another XEOMIN treatment.
Are all botulinum toxin products the same?
XEOMIN is different than other botulinum toxin products. That’s why it has a different name. Not all botulinum toxin products are the same. The dose may be different among the few botulinum toxin medications that are available.
What are common XEOMIN side effects?
Possible side effects after treatment of blepharospasm include but are not limited to drooping eyelid, dry eye, dry mouth, diarrhea, and headache. Possible side effects after treatment of blepharospasm cervical dystonia include difficulty swallowing, neck pain, muscle weakness, injection site pain, and muscle/joint pain. XEOMIN can also cause serious side effects that can be life threatening. If you are concerned about side effects, please request more information during your appointment at the office of Beth Collins M.D. in Guilford, CT.