Botox is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments found at med spas and millions of Americans receive botox injections every year. However, another type of cosmetic injection is gaining in popularity. Xeomin injections (approved by the FDA for use in treating moderate to severe frown lines, cervical dystonia, amongst other things) are gaining popularity for numerous reasons. Created with the same botulinum toxin as Botox, it contains no additional additives and has shown promising results that are worth considering.
Unlike Botox, Xeomin injections have only one ingredient: botulinum toxin A. Because of this, there is a lowered risk of the body developing antibodies to attack the foreign substance as an invader. Which mitigates the injection’s usefulness and prevents the desired results from taking hold.
Aside from being purer in form, Xeomin can be comparable to Botox in a couple of significant ways. For instance, both are measured in the same units making training for doctors and aestheticians easier if they are familiar with the administration of Botox. In some cases, Xeomin has been found to last as long, if not longer, than Botox.
Furthermore, the side effects are similar; soreness, minor swelling, and bruising. These are all considered normal within the first few days following an injection. For these reasons, it is considered a great alternative to Botox, carrying many of the same benefits with a lowered risk of an allergic reaction.
As with Botox, injection of all botulinum toxin products comes with risk. Spreading from the injection site can occur potentially leading to problems breathing and swallowing. However, it is worth noting that this effect has never been documented in patients using the toxin for cosmetic purposes. Instead, a majority of these cases stem from the use of Botox as a treatment for cerebral palsy.
The most common risks in cosmetic use can include swelling, itching, bruising, bleeding, and shortness of breath. While severe cases are rare, some minor bruising and swelling are normal following a procedure.
Xeomin, when used to treat cervical dystonia, can have side effects such as muscle weakness, neck pain, and pain at the injection site. When used as a treatment for blepharospasm- dry eye, diarrhea, visual impairment, headache, and shortness of breath are the most commonly reported side effects.
All of the risks and side effects should be discussed at length before undergoing treatment with Xeomin injections just as with Botox. While negative reactions are rare, it’s best to speak openly with your doctor or aesthetician before treatment.
Xeomin injections can be a great alternative to Botox and have already been used throughout Europe with incredible results. If you’re looking for the best way to diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles around your eyes and forehead, speak with someone at your local med spa to get started with a consultation today.