The Newest Botox Alternative

Xeomin® (incobotulinumtoxinA) is the latest contender in a growing list of botulinum toxin type A injectables. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Xeomin in July 2011 for the treatment of severe frown lines or "11's" between the eyes. This Botox alternative was already approved for use in adults with cervical dystonia and blepharospasm. Cervical dystonia is characterized by abnormal neck pain and movements, and blepharospasm is marked by abnormal, involuntary blinking or spasm of the eyelids. Xeomin is manufactured by Merz Pharmaceuticals.

Dr. MaryAnn Piskun has introduced this alternative into her practice.

Like other drugs in this category, Xeomin® works by paralyzing wrinkles. It blocks the signals from the nerves to the muscles. As a result, the targeted muscle cannot contract.

Xeomin® versus Botox and Dysport

Botox, Dysport and Xeomin® have a lot in common, but they also have some important differences. Unlike its predecessors, Xeomin® does not need to be refrigerated. This may be an advantage when it comes to distribution. What's more, Xeomin® is "naked." There are no additives – just botulinum toxin type A. This may lessen a patient's likelihood of developing antibodies to Xeomin®. When your body senses a foreign invader, it responds by creating antibodies and launching an attack. If this were to occur with a neurotoxin such as botulinum toxin type A, it may not have its desired effects.

Xeomin® is said to be more like Botox than Dysport. It takes about one week for the full effects of Xeomin® injections to be realized, and once this occurs, the results last from three to six months. Dysport, Xeomin® and Botox should not be used interchangeably. Dr. Piskun will assess which product is best for you. She also administers the injection for every patient.

If you are concerned about the wrinkles in your forehead or between your eyebrows we recommended that you contact our office to have Dr. Piskun determine if you are a candidate for Xeomin®. Call our office today to schedule a personalized consultation with Dr. Piskun.