Botox & Xeomin: Answering Frequently Asked Questions
If you’ve never had cosmetic injectables before, they can seem pretty intimidating. With the vast amount of information online, you’ve likely encountered plenty of rumors, myths, and glaringly false information about Botox that may make it seem far more nerve-wracking than it really is.
At Medical Tattoo Centers of America, we want to set the record straight. Whether you’re considering Botox or Xeomin injections as a preventive measure or you’re looking to smooth existing fine lines and wrinkles, these facial injectables can be an excellent solution. But before you take the plunge, it’s important you know the truth.
Read on to learn answers to some of our most common questions about Xeomin and Botox injections.
I Heard Botox Is Toxic — Is That True?
The active ingredient in both Botox and Xeomin is a naturally occuring neurotoxin called botulinum type A. That’s why many people mistakenly believe these injections are toxic and dangerous. But given the incredibly small amount of the active ingredient in each unit of Botox or Xeomin, these injections are widely considered safe.
Both injectables have undergone extensive study for safety and efficacy and are cleared by FDA for cosmetic treatment. If you’re worried about safety, here’s a fun fact: Currently, Botox is the most widely administered cosmetic treatment in the world. Each year, nearly 8 million people around the globe use Botox as an anti-aging treatment.
Will Botox Injections Make My Face Look Frozen or Unnatural?
When you trust a licensed and experienced medical professional to administer your Botox or Xeomin, your face should never look frozen or unnatural. The “frozen face” myth is an old one, and it stems from a relatively small number of individuals who trusted inexperienced or unlicensed injectors to administer their Botox.
When Botox is administered correctly, it should look totally natural. You should notice existing lines and wrinkles get smoother, and if you don’t yet have lines, Botox can help stop them from developing.
What’s the Difference Between Botox Injections and Xeomin Injections?
Botox injections and Xeomin injections are basically the same thing — with one minor difference. Xeomin contains a pure form of the active molecule, botulinum type A, while Botox has added protective proteins around each active molecule.
Since Xeomin is really just a purer form of Botox, it’s commonly referred to as Naked Botox.
Do Facial Injectables Hurt?
For most people, no. During the injection procedure, your provider will administer an anesthetic to numb the skin, so the most discomfort you’ll likely feel is a small pinch. Many people don’t feel anything at all.
After the injections, you may feel a small amount of discomfort at the injection sites (as is the case with any type of injection you get). However, any lingering irritation usually resolves within a few hours.
What’s the Difference Between Fillers and Botox?
Both Botox and Xeomin contain a neurotoxin that limits muscle contraction at the injection sites. When the muscles cannot contract as they normally would, existing lines and wrinkles become far less noticeable. Similarly, limiting muscle contractions helps prevent the formation of lines and wrinkles because it’s those repeated contractions that cause the skin to wrinkle in the first place.
Fillers, on the other hand, are used for building volume beneath the skin. Unlike Botox and Xeomin, most fillers contain hyaluronic acid, a hydrophilic compound that helps to plump and lift the skin near the injection sites.
Both injectables are excellent skin care options, they just serve different purposes.
I Heard Botox Injections Are Risky — Is That True?
When administered by a licensed and experienced injector, both Botox and Xeomin are very safe. They’re both cleared by the FDA to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles and to help prevent their formation. As with any cosmetic injectable, there’s always a risk of side effects after treatment, but even these are typically mild. The most common side effects of Botox injections include:
● Minor bleeding immediately after the injections (it should cease before you leave the office)
● Swelling near the injection sites
● Minor bruising
● Temporary muscle weakness near the injection sites
Schedule a Consultation for Botox Injections in the Twin Cities
Whether you’re looking to smooth existing lines and wrinkles or prevent their formation, Botox injections or Xeomin injections can provide a highly effective solution. At Medical Tattoo Centers of America, our medically licensed injectors are here to help you look and feel your best, so get in touch with us today to schedule a free consultation!
You can also call our Blaine, MN office at 612-770-0000 or send us a message to learn more.