Written by Dr. Ellen Gendler
As our skin ages, we gradually begin to lose the chemicals that keep skin firm, and years of facial muscle use means the skin in these areas tends to readily develop into creases and folds. The appearance of these wrinkles can be distressing or concerning for some, especially if they believe themselves to look older or more unhappy than they really are.
However, there are non-surgical and non-invasive treatments available for these lines, including Xeomin® – an FDA approved anti-wrinkle injection. This, alongside a range of medical and cosmetic treatments, is offered at the Gendler Dermatology office in Manhattan. Under the leadership of board-certified dermatologist Dr. Ellen Gendler, we pride ourselves on providing excellent services and to help our patients look and feel their best.
Xeomin® (incobotulinumtoxinA), is a botulinum injection, similar to Botox or Dysport. However, Xeomin® is a highly purified neurotoxin – made through a unique manufacturing process that isolates the therapeutic component of the molecule and removes the accessory proteins that don’t play an active role in treatment.
Like other anti-wrinkle injections, Xeomin® blocks the release of the chemical messenger acetylcholine, which conveys signals from the nerve terminals and causes the muscle fibers to contract. This results in the decreased activity of these muscles, achieving a more relaxed and youthful look. Not all of the nerve terminals are affected by Xeomin® or any botulinum toxin, so the muscles can still contract, though less forcefully, allowing you to still create usual facial expressions.
Xeomin® is most often used in the treatment of glabellar lines, also known as frown lines or ‘eleven’ lines. These can deepen with age, and become noticeable even when someone isn’t frowning. While Xeomin® is predominantly used for glabellar lines, it can sometimes be used for crow’s feet lines around the eyes, and forehead wrinkles.
If the moderate to severe appearance of your frown lines are of concern to you, Xeomin® could be a treatment option for you. Because of the purity of Xeomin®’s formula, it is also an option for those who have built up some resistance to Botox or Dysport, and with a smaller number of molecules, there is less of a chance of reaction with the toxin.
However, Xeomin® may not be suitable for you if:
At your consultation at Dr. Gendler’s New York office, she will discuss your goals and expectations with you, as well as create a personalized treatment plan, which details which treatment or treatments she recommends, and how many.
Xeomin® treatments take about 15-20 minutes, depending on the number of areas being treated— perfect for a lunch break. Results begin to appear within five to ten days and last for three to four months.
There is generally no downtime with Xeomin®, and patients can immediately return to work or other normal activities.
Banish frown lines and rediscover youth and vitality in the face with Xeomin® treatment for
Glabellar lines. At Gendler Dermatology, we strive to produce beautiful, natural results, and to give patients confidence in their own skin.
For more information about Xeomin® treatments in New York City, contact Gendler Dermatology today at (212) 288-8222 to schedule a consultation.
Not all botulinum toxin products are the same, but they have a similar mode of action. As mentioned above, Xeomin® does not have accessory proteins that are part of the components of other botulinum toxin injections.
Xeomin® costs can vary depending on the dosage or number of injections administered. Please contact us for any questions on pricing or payment methods.
Xeomin® injections are generally painless, and patients report feeling little discomfort during treatment.
As with any cosmetic procedure, some minor side effects may occur after treatment, though they should clear by themselves. These include: