There’s a new alternative to Botox® and Dysport® called Xeomin®. Dr. Theocharides offers this treatment for patients with moderate to severe glabellar frown lines (the short vertical lines found between the eyebrows and extending up the central forehead). These unsightly lines can show up in as early as your 20’s and are usually the first kinds of wrinkles that appear. At first, they can only been seen when a person frowns but, over time, they become permanent and appear deeper. The glabellar frown lines are also responsible for making a person appear angry or stern. It is perfectly normal for people to want to “fill in” these lines to return their face to a more relaxed appearance.
Like Botox®, Xeomin® is a botulinum type injectable treatment that is used to relax nerves between the brows that cause frown lines. Xeomin® received FDA approval in July 2011 and was an exciting addition to the cosmetic market for many doctors and patients. Xeomin® has therapeutic uses beyond its cosmetic benefits. It is approved by the FDA for adults to treat blepharospasm (abnormal spasms in the eyelids) and cervical dystonia (which causes abnormal head position and neck pain) in addition to frown lines (glabellar lines), forehead lines and crow’s feet.
Xeomin® is called the “naked toxin” because it lacks complex proteins found in the other brands. Pure botulinum toxin type A is less likely to be rejected by the body, so it is an option for patients who have developed reactions to Botox® or Dysport®. The effects of Xeomin® take place within one week and the results can last up to three to six months. Since Xeomin® leaves out the complex proteins, it’s a good alternative for Dr. Theocharides’ patients who feel Botox® or Dysport® just do not work like they used to.