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Attention Los Angeles Xeomin now offered at Dr Gail Humble’s Redondo Beach Location!

Submitted by Dr Gail Humble on October 11, 2011

Botox finally has a worthwhile competitor and it should result in cost savings to you, the patient. XEOMIN® has been approved for the treatment of adults with glabellar lines(frown lines). With regards to glabellar lines, XEOMIN® is indicated for the temporary improvement in the appearance of moderate to severe glabellar lines associated with forehead muscle activity in adult patients. XEOMIN® (incobotulinumtoxinA) inhibits the release of acetylcholine and acts as a peripheral neuromuscular blocking agent. This is exactly the way that Botox works. Other neuromodulators have been released to the market , such as Dysport, but dose differentials and problems with more diffusion have kept them from ever catching on to the main market. Xeomin comes in the same dosing as Botox, so essentially a unit is still a unit. The difference is the cost per unit should be diminished. It has been used around the world since 2005 and was introduced to the US market in 2010 by Merz Pharmaceuticals, LLC. “What is botulinum toxin?” Botulinum toxin is a naturally occurring protein produced by the bacteria Clostridium botulinum. Botulinum toxin type A—the active ingredient in XEOMIN—is produced commercially from C. botulinum serotype A. “How does XEOMIN work?” XEOMIN is injected into muscles to decrease their activity. XEOMIN blocks the release of a chemical messenger—acetylcholine—that conveys the signal from nerve terminals and causes muscle fibers to contract. Not all terminals are affected by botulinum toxin, so the muscles can still contract, just less forcefully. This allows the muscles to contract more normally. “Are all botulinum toxin products the same?” Not all botulinum toxin products are the same. This is reflected in the unique names for each product. The dose of XEOMIN may be different from other botulinum toxin products. “How is XEOMIN made?” In nature, C. botulinum produces the toxin in association with accessory proteins (toxin complex). Merz takes the toxin complex and employs a proprietary manufacturing process that isolates the therapeutic component and removes the accessory proteins to produce XEOMIN. To get a consultation or schedule an appointment give us a call at (310) 379-4838, or fill out the form in the top left corner.  

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