Xeomin Wrinkle Treatment - Frequently Asked Questions
- What is XEOMIN®?
- Who should not take XEOMIN®?
- What should I tell my doctor before receiving XEOMIN®?
- How does XEOMIN® work?
- Is XEOMIN® safe?
1. What is XEOMIN®?
XEOMIN® is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and used to improve the look of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines) in adults for a short period of time (temporary). Xeomin®, a Merz Aesthetics product (maker of Radiesse), is being referred to as the "naked injectable" by physicians because it does not contain any additives or complex proteins. The benefit of this, according to Dr. Anne White, is that the body is less likely to have an adverse reaction to the treatment than with Botox®. Side effects and efficacy are expected to be similar to other botulinum toxin products.
"We are thrilled to have another highly effective botulinum toxin available to treat frown lines — which is one of the most commonly treated areas here at Carolina Laser," said Dr. Anne White. "By being selected to offer this cutting edge product to our clients as early as possible, Carolina Laser and Cosmetic Center is once again at the forefront of the latest advancements in skin treatment. The availability of Xeomin® offers even more safety assurance to patients opting for this type of an injectable treatment and ultimately create some friendly price competition among its competitors."
2. Who should not take XEOMIN®?
Do not take XEOMIN if you are allergic to XEOMIN or any of the ingredients in XEOMIN, have had an allergic reaction to any other botulinum toxin products such as rimabotulinumtoxinB (MYOBLOC®), onabotulinumtoxinA (BOTOX®, BOTOX® COSMETIC), or abobotulinumtoxinA (DYSPORT®) or if you have had a skin infection at the planned injection site.
3. What should I tell my doctor before receiving XEOMIN®?
Before you take XEOMIN tell your doctor about all your medical conditions, including if you:
- have a disease that affects your muscles and nerves (such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis [ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease], myasthenia gravis or Lambert-Eaton syndrome).
- have allergies to any botulinum toxin product
- have had any side effect from any other botulinum toxin in the past
- have a breathing problem, such as asthma or emphysema
- have a history of swallowing problems or inhaling food or fluid into your lungs (aspiration)
- have bleeding problems
- have drooping eyelids
- have plans to have surgery
- have had surgery on your face
- are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if XEOMIN can harm your unborn baby.
- are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if XEOMIN passes into breast milk.
Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins and herbal supplements. Using XEOMIN with certain other medicines may cause serious side effects. Do not start any new medicines until you have told your doctor that you have received XEOMIN in the past. Especially tell your doctor if you:
- have received any other botulinum toxin product in the last four months
- have received injections of botulinum toxin such as rimabotulinumtoxinB (MYOBLOC®), onabotulinumtoxinA (BOTOX®, BOTOX® COSMETIC) and abobotulinumtoxinA (DYSPORT®) in the past. Be sure your doctor knows exactly which product you received. The dose of XEOMIN® may be different from other botulinum toxin products that you have received.
- have recently received an antibiotic by injection
- take muscle relaxants
- take an allergy or cold medicine
- take a sleep medicine
- take a blood thinner medicine
Ask your doctor if you are not sure if your medicine is one that is listed above.
4. How does XEOMIN® work?
XEOMIN blocks impulses from the nerve to the facial muscles that are related to expression lines. XEOMIN relaxes the muscles so they do not contract. After treatment, the overlying skin becomes smooth and unwrinkled, while the untreated facial muscles contract in a normal fashion, allowing normal facial expression to be unaffected.
5. Is XEOMIN® safe?
XEOMIN may cause side effects including allergic reactions. Symptoms of an allergic reaction to XEOMIN may include: itching, rash, redness, swelling, wheezing, asthma symptoms, or dizziness or feeling faint. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you get wheezing or asthma symptoms, or if you get dizzy or faint. The most common side effects of XEOMIN include:
- dry mouth
- discomfort or pain at the injection site
- neck pain
- muscle weakness
- eye problems, including: double vision, blurred vision, drooping eyelids, swelling of your eyelids, and dry eyes. Reduced blinking can also occur. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have eye pain or irritation following treatment.