What Is Xeomin, and What Does It Do?

Xeomin is a form of botulism toxin that is used to block muscle movement in areas that contribute to wrinkles. It is used in the forehead, typically between the brows to soften frown lines. Unlike filler, Xeomin only impacts muscle movement, and has no effect on filling deep wrinkles that have already formed. The same ingredients in Botox are used, though Xeomin is somewhat of a purer form of the toxin.

Wait, So It’s the Same Thing as Botox?

Minus a few proteins, in Botox the active part of the toxin is encapsulated in complexing and accessory proteins.  Xeomin undergoes an extra step of purification so that there is no complexing protein. The only key differences are on the side of the physician administering the treatment, as Xeomin does not require refrigeration, and the vial must be flipped instead of swirled to ensure the ingredients are dissolved.

Who Is a Better Candidate for Xeomin Over Botox?

Because Xeomin leaves the complexing and accessory proteins out of the mix, it’s a good alternative for those who feel their Botox treatments just aren’t working the way they used to. If someone were to react and become immune to Botox, then it’s very possible that they are becoming immune to the proteins coating the active part.  Xeomin, is a little less expensive across the board, so knowing both work equally well, you can consider Xeomin if cost is an issue, but I wouldn’t choose a treatment based solely on that.”

How Long Does It Last?

Just like Botox and Dysport, Xeomin typically lasts anywhere from 3 to 4 months, but many users claim it starts to take effect much quicker than the alternatives, which take anywhere from a day to 10 days to kick in.


What Should I Avoid Post-Treatment?

“You should not to rub or scratch the area, or use treatments that involve applying heat directly to the skin, as heat can slow down the binding of Xeomin in the same way it does with Botox and Dysport,”. “The old wives tales of not laying down or having to be really still don’t apply, so you’re good as long as you don’t manipulate the treated area.”