As I’ve gotten older, I’ve started to take better care of my skin, my complexion, and just my overall self. I’m honest about the treatments I get done and I want to share one of my new favorites—it’s called Xeomin® (incobotulinumtoxinA). You’re probably thinking, “Huh, what is Xeomin?”—so let me explain. One of my issues with getting older are these two little lines that have developed in between my eyebrows. In medical terms, they’re called ‘glabellar frown lines’. Some people call them ‘The 11’s’.
In addition to getting older, I began to notice these lines when I saw myself on television. If you don’t know, I was on season 4 of the E! television show “Rich Kids of Beverly Hills”. Like many characters on reality shows, I happened to get into a few confrontations which escalated into very dramatic arguments. I happened to do a lot of this, especially in episode 7, which will forever haunt me on the internet.
As I watched myself arguing with one of my cast mates, I realized… Woah! I have a serious ‘Angry Face’! When I make my infamous ‘Angry Face’ I have these two lines that form in between my eyebrows and seeing it on television made me really want to do something about it. I immediately set out to fix it.
After many nights on my computer googling “How to not look bad when angry” (which is clearly how I do all my research), I discovered that I should consider a neurotoxin injectable, and that’s when I found out about Xeomin. Almost everyone on the planet has heard of Botox® (onabotulinumtoxinA) and how it temporarily improves wrinkles.
Although neurotoxins have been around for a while, I wanted to try the latest option on the market, Xeomin.
My next step was to make an appointment. I called The Laser and Skin Surgery Center of New York and made my appointment with Dr. Jeremy Brauer. After reviewing my face and discussing my goals and concerns with Dr. Brauer, he told me that I was a perfect candidate for Xeomin.
The procedure went like this: The Dr. told me to squint really hard, or in my case ‘Angry Episode 7, Season 4, Face’, so he could see my lines. It was literally so quick and, for me personally, was completely painless. After the injections I didn’t have any swelling or side effects, although some people might. Now, for me to say that it was completely painless is a big deal, I’m so afraid of needles that still, to this day, whenever I have to get a blood test, I ask for ‘The “Butterfly” Needle’, which is a needle they use on infants; Fact. I put some makeup on and looked completely normal—like nothing had happened. The Dr. told me my results should last at least 3 months, if not longer depending on my body and how often I make the ‘Angry Face’. However, individual results may vary.
So far it has been a month since the procedure and I still love my results, I couldn’t be happier. I have no idea why I didn’t look into this sooner; it would have saved me a lot of embarrassing television moments. Now it’s one of my best beauty treatments.
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XEOMIN® IMPORTANT CONSUMER SAFETY INFORMATION
Indication & Usage
XEOMIN® (Zeo-min) is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and used to improve the look of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines) in adults for a short period of time (temporary).
XEOMIN® may cause serious side effects that can be life threatening. Call your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of these problems anytime (hours to week) after treatment with XEOMIN®:
- Problems with swallowing, speaking, or breathing. These problems can happen hours to weeks after an injection of XEOMIN® if the muscles that you use to breathe and swallow become weak after the injection. Death can happen as a complication if you have severe problems with swallowing or breathing after treatment with XEOMIN®.
- People with certain breathing problems may need to use muscles in their neck to help them breathe. These patients may be at greater risk for serious breathing problems with XEOMIN®.
- Swallowing problems may last for several months. People who cannot swallow well may need a feeding tube to receive food and water. If swallowing problems are severe, food or liquids may go into your lungs. People who already have swallowing or breathing problems before receiving XEOMIN® have the highest risk of getting these problems.
- Spread of toxin effects. In some cases, the effect of botulinum toxin may affect areas of the body away from the injection site and cause symptoms of a serious condition called botulism. The symptoms of botulism include: loss of strength and muscle weakness all over the body, double vision, blurred vision and drooping eyelids, hoarseness or change or loss of voice, trouble saying words clearly, loss of bladder control, trouble breathing, trouble swallowing.
These problems could make it unsafe for you to drive a car or do other dangerous activities.
Do not use XEOMIN if you are allergic to XEOMIN® or any of the ingredients in XEOMIN® (see the end of this Medication Guide for a list of ingredients in XEOMIN®), had an allergic reaction to any other botulinum toxin products such as rimabotulinumtoxinB (MYOBLOC®), onabotulinumtoxinA (BOTOX®, BOTOX® COSMETIC), or abobotulinumtoxinA (DYSPORT®) or have a skin infection at the planned injection site.
Ask a doctor before use if you
- have a disease that affects your muscles and nerves (such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis [ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease], myasthenia gravis or Lambert-Eaton syndrome)
- have had any side effect from any other botulinum toxin in the past
- have a breathing problem such as asthma or emphysema
- have a history of swallowing problems or inhaling food or fluid into your lungs
- have bleeding problems
- have drooping eyelids
- have plans to have surgery
- have had surgery on your face
- are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if XEOMIN® can harm your
- are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if XEOMIN® passes into breast
XEOMIN is not recommended for use in children younger than 18 years of age.
Tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions and all of the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins and herbal supplements. Using XEOMIN® with certain other medicines may cause serious side effects. Do not start any new medicines until you have told your doctor that you have received XEOMIN in the past.
Especially tell your doctor if you
- have received any other botulinum toxin product in the last four months
- have received injections of botulinum toxin such as rimabotulinumtoxinB (MYOBLOC®), onabotulinumtoxinA (BOTOX®, BOTOX® COSMETIC) and abobotulinumtoxinA (DYSPORT®) in the past. Be sure your doctor knows exactly which product you received. The dose of XEOMIN® may be different from other botulinum toxin products that you have received.
- have recently received an antibiotic by injection
- take muscle relaxants
- take an allergy or cold medicine
- take a sleep medicine
- take a blood thinner medicine
Ask your doctor if you are not sure if your medicine is one that is listed above.
Possible Side Effects
XEOMIN can cause serious side effects that can be life threatening. See “Warnings.” Headache was the most common side effect of XEOMIN for treatment of glabellar lines. Other possible side effects include:
- dry mouth
- discomfort or pain at the injection site
- neck pain
- muscle weakness
- eye problems, including: double vision, blurred vision, drooping eyelids, swelling of your
eyelids, and dry eyes. Reduced blinking can also occur. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have eye pain or irritation following treatment.
XEOMIN may cause other serious side effects including allergic reactions. Symptoms of an allergic reaction to XEOMIN® may include: itching, rash, redness, swelling, wheezing, asthma symptoms, or dizziness or feeling faint. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you
get wheezing or asthma symptoms, or if you get dizzy or faint.
These are not all the possible side effects of XEOMIN®. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
- XEOMIN® is a shot (injection) that your doctor will give you.
- XEOMIN® is injected into your affected muscles.
- Your doctor may change your dose of XEOMIN® until you and your doctor find the best dose for you.
General information about the safe and effective use of XEOMIN
Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Medication Guide. Do not use XEOMIN for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give XEOMIN to other people, even if they have the same symptoms that you have. It may harm them. You can ask your pharmacist or doctor for information about XEOMIN that is written for health professionals.
Read the Medication Guide before you start receiving XEOMIN® and each time XEOMIN® is given to you as there may be new information. The risk information provided here is not comprehensive. To learn more:
- Talk to your health care provider or pharmacist
- Visit www.xeominaesthetic.com to obtain the FDA-approved product labeling
- Call 1-866-862-1211
Active Ingredient: incobotulinumtoxinA
Inactive Ingredients: human albumin and sucrose
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