Are you looking for the perfect way to diminish your fine lines and wrinkles? In the past, pretty much everyone chose Botox. While that is still a great option, Xeomin is a highly effective treatment that you can consider. At Prizant Dermatology in Pittsburgh, PA, we can explain everything you need to know about its uses and potential benefits.
What Is Xeomin?
Like Botox, Xeomin is a neuromodulator that smooths out fine lines and wrinkles by interrupting the process by which your brain tells the wrinkle-prone areas to tense up. Relaxing the muscles in those places lets the fine lines recede, leaving a more youthful, crease-free complexion. It’s formula uses botulinum toxin, which is a type of protein. As a way to control the effects of aging, this treatment is one of the fastest-working, longest-lasting, and safest options.
What Is This Treatment Used for?
This treatment is used to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles, and to achieve a more youthful appearance that doesn’t rely on makeup application or surgery. Different neuromodulators are used in different areas of the face. Xeomin is great for improving:
- Crow’s feet
- Frown lines
By the way, there are different names for all the wrinkles you might see starting to appear. “Crow’s feet” are the ones that occur at the corners of the eyes. “Frown lines” and the vertical “11” marks between the eyebrows. As their name implies, they are most apparent when the face is frowning or stressed.
How Are the Results Achieved?
When you consider the fact that people have been attempting to reduce fine lines and wrinkles for thousands of years, the results of neuromodulators are pretty impressive. So, how are they accomplished? In what way is the treatment administered? What can you expect from the appointment?
Why We Get Wrinkles
The first thing to understand is why wrinkles grace our faces somewhere in our late 20s or early 30s. It happens because our bodies need hyaluronic acid and collagen to keep the skin smooth and elastic. Sooner or later, we start to produce less and less of these substances naturally. After that happens, the effects of day-to-day wear and tear start to show.
Our faces are extremely dynamic, which makes us very expressive. While that is a good thing, the constant pulling and contracting leads to creases, which ultimately show up as wrinkles. Neuromodulators inhibit unnecessary tension in our wrinkle-prone places while leaving the face mobile and natural-looking.
Controlling Muscle Contractions
Through a series of minute injections, neuromodulator treatments keep certain muscles from compressing our skin into folds. It softens dynamic lines (the ones you only see when your face is in a specific position) and thereby helps prevent static lines (the ones that are etched into your face permanently).
How the Treatment Is Done
For a treatment that has the ability to smooth out lines by working with the muscle mechanics happening below the skin, these injectables are surprisingly straightforward to administer. Most patients only need about 5 injections, which take just minutes to do. We use a very fine needle and numb the area to keep you comfortable. Following the appointment, there is very little aftercare and no downtime.
What Happens at the Appointment
Getting a neuromodulator treatment is as easy as arriving at the med spa with a makeup-free face, having your face cleansed, receiving a few injections, and leaving. All of the steps mentioned above take around half an hour in total, and the injections can usually be completed in 10 minutes.
What Are the Advantages of This Treatment?
Many people have made this treatment the basis of their entire anti-aging approach. Here is why we find it so advantageous:
The Results Speak for Themselves
Many anti-aging products on the market come with a ton of hype and false advertising. How many times have you gotten excited about a new cream, only to be disappointed? The truth is that one of the best ways to mitigate the effects of aging lies below the skin, not on the surface. This treatment’s most obvious advantage is that by inhibiting muscle tension, it makes a real improvement in your fine lines and wrinkles.
You Will See the Positive Changes Quickly
While the instructions on many over-the-counter solutions ask you to wait weeks before seeing a difference, you will notice improvements within just two days of getting these injections. The timing of the final results varies from individual to individual, but is never more than two weeks. Generally, you can expect full results within 7-10 days.
It Is a Solution That You Can Enjoy for Months
Caring for our skin is a daily process, but reducing our wrinkles doesn’t have to be. Before receiving their injections, most people want to know how long the results last. The answer is an impressive 3-4 months! Sometimes, the wrinkles stay away for even longer periods of time.
It Is Safe and Non-Surgical
Are you looking for a non-surgical way to create a significant improvement in your fine lines and wrinkles? Xeomin is an excellent choice because it is minimally invasive – only a few tiny injections are needed to deliver its effects. Plus, it has been approved by the FDA for cosmetic use since 2011. Unlike some topical creams, it won’t even irritate your skin, making it one of the gentlest options out there.
Our Aesthetic Experts Use a Sophisticated Touch
When it comes to neuromodulators, the quality of the application matters. You can trust our team to perform these injections with taste and precision. With our advanced understanding of facial anatomy and our extensive experience with this treatment, we will make sure that your results are natural-looking and beautiful, just like you.
You Can Schedule Subsequent Sessions
If you are excited about this treatment and wonder whether or not it can be repeated, don’t worry. You can come in as many times as you want, and the results will be the same each time. It is perfectly safe to repeat your injections every 4 months, which is about as long as the results typically last.
It Treats Wrinkles That Would Otherwise Deepen
Without neuromodulators, fine lines and wrinkles are usually like a street that goes in one direction. You might see differences day to day based on how much sleep you had or what the weather is like. Sometimes, lines appear more or less obvious depending on the angle or the lighting conditions. That said, the signs of aging do not “clear up” on their own. In fact, fine lines and wrinkles get deeper over time.
However, neuromodulators make a big difference below the skin, so that the results show up on the surface beautifully. Not only are these injectables effective on existing lines, they can significantly slow down the process of them becoming wrinkles. You may have heard the term “preventative Botox”, which refers to the treatment being used in this way. The great news is that it is an approach that works with Xeomin, too.
You Won’t Develop an Immunity
One thing to consider when you compare this treatment and Botox is the fact that some people don’t respond to Botox. This is very rare, but it has been known to happen. The form of botulinum toxin used in Xeomin differs slightly, and has been unknown to encounter immunity. Apart from that, the choice of which neuromodulator to use is one of personal preference—some people just find one to be more effective than the others.
Schedule a Consultation and Learn More!
We want to make sure you are satisfied with your understanding of this treatment, as well as all your anti-aging options. When you schedule some in-person time with us, we can have an aesthetician examine your skin and let you know how neuromodulators can be beneficial. We are available to answer any questions you might have, and to listen to the outcomes you would like to achieve. Give us a call today at 412-615-DERM(3376).
See Those Crows Feet and Frown Lines Fade
Xeomin is one of the best ways to treat the fine lines and wrinkles that will not improve on their own. It is specifically designed for crow’s feet and frown lines, which happen to be two of the most common types of wrinkles. In addition to making a significant improvement in the signs of aging, the injections are easy to have done and will leave your skin smooth for months. Get started today by contacting us at Prizant Dermatology in Pittsburgh, PA.