Everything you need to know about this anti-wrinkle treatment

14 July 2021
By Hemma Vara

Fashion Quarterly discovers Xeomin – the first and only anti-wrinkle injectable to contain no unnecessary proteins.


It’s no secret that fine lines and wrinkles begin to appear thanks to various lifestyle and genetic factors as we age. Over time, a once plump and line-free complexion can start to lose volume and elasticity.

Plus, there’s the fact that the constant movement of our complexion’s underlying muscles – when we smile, laugh and frown – can cause dynamic lines to appear. While using effective skincare, taking extra care in the sun and adopting other healthy lifestyle habits can help slow down the ageing process – sometimes even the most extensive beauty routines need a little extra help.

Given the results that cosmetic injectables can achieve, it’s no surprise that anti-wrinkle treatments have become part of beauty routines for many. While there are various options available, if you’re looking to push pause on the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, it is good to be aware that all available options are effective but also have some differences in terms of how they are made and the resulting level of protein content. According to therapeutic research, the dose, frequency of treatment and level of protein load may over time impact the efficacy and longevity of your injectable anti-wrinkle treatment due to the risk of formation of antibodies against the treatment. 

If you’re contemplating anti-wrinkle injectables for the first time to enhance skin youthfulness, or you’re willing to learn more about the different options, here’s everything you need to know about Xeomin.


What is Xeomin and how does it work? 

Xeomin is an injectable form of botulinum toxin used to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Xeomin goes through additional purification steps to remove unnecessary complexing proteins during the manufacturing process. What this means is that Xeomin only contains the active part of botulinum toxin.

Like all products containing botulinum toxin, Xeomin works by blocking nerve impulses in the injected muscles. Muscles become relaxed, and the reduction in muscle activity helps to improve and smooth lines and wrinkles. The result is a natural, more refreshed-looking appearance.

In New Zealand Xeomin is used to help improve the look of upper facial lines, including frown lines between the eyebrows, crow’s feet (wrinkles at the side of the eyes) and horizontal forehead lines.

How long does Xeomin last for and how effective is it? 

As with any injectable, the results and longevity of Xeomin will vary from person to person. However, most can expect the results to last for around four months after the initial treatment. 

How long does a treatment session take?

A Xeomin treatment takes around 20 minutes at your local dermatology or cosmetic clinic – which means you can even schedule an appointment over your lunch break.

Can I return to usual activities following a treatment session?

Following your Xeomin treatment, you can resume most everyday activities immediately. However, it is recommended that strenuous exercise, sun exposure, alcohol consumption and applying heat to the treated area are avoided in the 24 hours following a treatment session.

*Xeomin contains zero complexing proteins.

Speak to your healthcare professional to see if Xeomin is right for you. For more information on Xeomin and how to find your local clinic, visit xeomin.co.nz

Xeomin ® (Incobotulinumtoxin A) 50, 100 Units is a Prescription Medicine. Indications: In adults, for the treatment of cervical dystonia; blepharospasm; spasticity of the upper limb; upper facial lines: glabellar frown lines, lateral periorbital lines (crow’s feet), horizontal forehead lines. Xeomin has both risks and benefits, consult your doctor if Xeomin is right for you. Further information on the risks and benefits of Xeomin can be found in the Consumer Medicine Information (CMI) available from www.medsafe.govt.nz or by calling 0800 822 310. Use strictly as directed. If symptoms continue or you have side effects, see your doctor, pharmacist or health care professional. Common side effects include: Headaches; nausea; tenderness, swelling, redness, numbness or bruising of the skin; dry eye; heavy feeling of eyelid/eyebrow/forehead; face/brow not symmetrical, dropping eyelids/eyebrows. Serious side effects are rare and include allergic reactions. Xeomin is an unfunded medicine, prescription charge will apply. Normal doctor charges will still apply.
Copyright ©2021. Pharmacy Retailing NZ Limited t/a Health Care Logistics (HCL) 58 Richard Pearse Drive, Mangere, Auckland 2022. All rights reserved. Xeomin® and Merz Aesthetics are registered trademarks of Merz Pharma GMbH & Co. KGaA. NZ_XEO_ADV_FASHION_V1:MAY21. Date of preparation: May 2021. TAPS: MR7644. 
For information about how Merz handles personal data, please see Merz General Data Protection Information Notice at www.merz.com/fin.


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