If you’ve been committed to regular Botox injections for your wrinkles and fine lines, we have a piece of bad news. They may become less effective with time.
For as long as we can remember, Botox (or botulinum toxin) has been known as the safe and effective wrinkle warrior. It’s undoubtedly one of the most popular solutions for fine lines and wrinkles. This is especially true for the eyebrow, forehead and eye areas. But a study by German researchers, published in the Journal of Neural Transmission, has revealed that a small minority of patients who receive repeated injections of botulinum toxin become immune to the effects, as their bodies produce antibodies to fight the toxin.
Enter Xeomin, another form of injectable neurotoxins. It’s been approved by the FDA to treat dynamic lines and wrinkles. Compared to Botox formulations, which are made of protective proteins clustered around an active molecule, this alternative contains only one ingredient (botulinum toxin A) and doesn’t have any complexing proteins. This means that Xeomin patients are far less likely to become resistant to it as the formula is deemed “pure”.
Additionally, Xeomin’s effects kick in a little faster than Botox. When Botox is injected, the botulinum toxin A has to unravel from the added proteins before it can bond to the facial muscles. This is why the full effects of Botox are usually only seen after around 10 days.
Better shelf life
Botox lasts for around two years with refrigeration. On the other hand, you can keep Xeomin at room temperature for up to four years. Why? Because it has no additives. This means that Xeomin is less likely to become unstable and ineffective, which makes it an appealing alternative to Botox, especially for clinics.
Where to go
As with Botox, only qualified medical professional should administer Xeomin. Cutis Medical Laser Clinics offers it at the same price of Botox. Medical and Scientific Director Dr Sylvia Ramirez has over 25 years of experience in the industry, and has had training at Harvard Medical School in Boston and Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York.
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