Questions to ask your doctor:
- Can I receive Xeomin injections if I have used Botox or Dysport in the past?
- Is Xeomin the best way to reduce my wrinkles?
- How can I prevent bruising immediately following Xeomin injections?
Pre-procedure prep for Xeomin: If you choose to receive a topical anesthetic prior to Xeomin injections, allow extra time for the skin numbing lotion to be applied. Speak with your physician about any antibiotics or other medications you may be on, as you may need to stop taking them before or after the injections. This can be determined during a consultation.
On the day of treatment: There is no specific preparation required before being treated with Xeomin. It is always a good idea to wash your skin prior to any cosmetic or medical procedure, even though your doctor will wipe down the area with an antiseptic.
What To Expect
The vial of Xeomin is first blended with a special saline solution (this is done by your physician). Xeomin is delivered into the affected muscles via a needle. During the initial injections, the recommended dose of Xeomin is the same amount that would be used during an appointment in which Botox is used.
Who should do it: Xeomin is one of the newest entrants into the market of cosmetic injectables. Treatments may be performed by a board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon, or by a physician's assistant under medical supervision. Xeomin is available by prescription only. Be sure that your provider is qualified and experienced with injecting this new medium.
Duration: Xeomin injections can be completed in about 10 to 20 minutes. To be safe, block out 30 minutes to an hour for the entire process, especially if you plan to use a numbing agent ahead of time.
How Painful Is It?
As with any treatment involving a needle, Xeomin injections may be uncomfortable. The injections, however, should not be any more painful than a quick prick. Pressure may be felt as the solution is administered into the muscles. Topical anesthetics can be used to help relieve any of this discomfort.
Options for anesthesia: Anesthesia isn't necessary, but particularly sensitive individuals may request the use of a local anesthetic or numbing cream prior to the injections.