Botox® is a brand name which has become well-known for its ability to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, facial lines and other signs of aging. Many people may not be aware of Botox® alternatives that may offer similar, if not better, age-defying results in treating moderate to severe wrinkles. In particular, FDA-approved Xeomin® has been making its mark in recent years as an effective go-to alternative to Botox®. While Xeomin’s® rising popularity was driven in large by demand from those who became immune to Botox®, the injectable’s effectiveness has made it a viable alternative in its own right.
Based on both its use for those who’ve become immune to Botox® and for its wrinkle-reducing efficacy, Kailua-Hawai’i based Ko’olau Clinic includes Xeomin® among its arsenal of minimally invasive injectable wrinkle treatments.
What is Xeomin® and How Does it Differ from Botox®?
Like Botox®, Xeomin® is a muscle relaxant made from the botulism toxin that reduces the look of wrinkles and age lines by blocking the nerve signals to the underlying muscles. Unlike injectable fillers that work by filling in the spaces caused by wrinkles, these botulism-based injectables ease the muscle tension ultimately responsible for the line formations. While the two botulism-based injectable treatments are nearly indistinguishable from each other—the main difference is the absence of certain accessory proteins, which allows Xeomin® to skirt around any Botox®-related immunity build-up.
Other than the immunity related variance between these two injectables, the most noteworthy difference is that patients treated with Xeomin® tend to feel less tightness in the injection areas than those treated with Botox®. In a double-blind study comparing the two, doctors and patients could not tell the difference between those treated with Botox® and those treated with Xeomin®.
Ask Ko’olau Clinic About Xeomin®
Ko’olau Clinic primarily utilizes Xeomin® and other botulism-based injectables to treat the appearance of moderate to severe frown lines.
The wrinkle-reducing effects of Xeomin® generally become most noticeable within a few weeks and should last for a few months. After this time, additional treatments will likely be needed to maintain the desired results.
If you would like to learn more about how Xeomin® can reduce the appearance of your frown lines, contact Ko’olau Clinic today through our website’s contact page, or by calling 808-594-8795.