Injectables

Dr. Victoria Zavala is available for Kybella, Xeomin (incoBOtulinumTOXinA) and Juvaderm injections, and Sclerotherapy, by appointment only. Please call, text, or pm to schedule. 409-454-9502.

 

Xeomin (incoBOTulinumtOXinA) vs Botox

We've all heard the rumor circulating that, when injected enough times with Botox, your body has the ability to become immune to the toxin, rendering its muscle-freezing abilities useless. When your go-to treatment has started to lose its magic touch, rest assured that you have another option in Xeomin. Though we've only just heard about Xeomin, the treatment has been around in the dermatology and medi-spa worlds for years, and patients who have tried it claim it's so similar to Botox, they can't tell the difference in the end result. 

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 and Dysport are used, though Xeomin is a pure form of the toxin and contains no additives.

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

Minus a few proteins. "With Botox or Dysport, the active part of the toxin is encapsulated in complexing and accessory proteins, and this was by design. What's different about Xeomin is that it undergoes an extra step of purification so that there is no complexing protein. Think of Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin as three separate M&M candies—while the first two may have red or green outer shells, the third, representing Xeomin, is just the chocolate core. "The middle, active portion is the same in all of them, so it behaves the same way as Botox and Dysport. 

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 and Dysport 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. Because Xeomin does not have the extra proteins on the outside, it is much less likely that they will develop antibodies for it. In a double-blind study comparing Xeomin and Botox, both the doctors and patients couldn't tell the difference of the end result between the two formulas, although many patients noted that there was less of a tight Botox-esque feeling in the areas where Xeomin was injected once it started kicking in. If you don't want to feel the tightness as much, then you're probably a good candidate for Xeomin.