Is Xeomin like Botox?

Botox is a tried and true anti-wrinkle treatment that has an excellent track record of delivering precise consistent results.  That’s why it is the most famous wrinkle-busting treatment.  However, there are some serious competitors like xeomin on the market. But what is xeomin and is it like botox.

What is xeomin?

Xeomin (incobotulinumtoxinA) is an anti-wrinkle injection for moderate to severe frown lines, also known as glabellar lines.  Frown lines form as a result of the repeated contraction of the facial muscles, due to expressions such as frowning and squinting.

Is xeomin like botox?

Xeomin contains the same toxin – botulinum toxin type A – as botox, and it works in a similar manner.  It blocks the release of the chemical messenger from the nerves, which causes the muscles to contract.  This reduces muscle contractions, and makes the overlying wrinkles less visible over the following weeks.

Differences between xeomin and botox

Although Xeomin also contains botulinum toxin type A, it does not have any of the accessory proteins present in botox, so it is a highly purified neurotoxin.    Since xeomin does not contain any additives, patients are less likely to develop antibodies that can prevent it from taking effect. 

There have been a small number of cases in which patients that don’t respond to botox after years of use, are able to benefit from xeomin. Some medical researchers speculate that it could be due to the lack of proteins in xeomin.

Would you like to learn more about xeomin or botox?

If you are in the Greenbrae or Walnut Creek CA areas, contact board certified plastic surgeon Robert Aycock M.D. for a consultation.

You can reach Dr. Aycock at, or by calling   (925) 854-4174 for the office in Walnut Creek, or (415) 903-8463 for the Greenbrae location.

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