Frequently Asked Questions

Minute doses of Xeomin® (incobotulinumtoxinA) are injected directly into the muscles which cause dynamic facial wrinkles.

Xeomin® (incobotulinumtoxinA) blocks nerve signals in the muscles. In order to contract, a muscle must receive a signal from peripheral nerve endings. This signal is the neurotransmitter, acetylcholine, which binds the receptors with the muscle, initiating muscle contraction.

Xeomin® (incobotulinumtoxinA) inhibits the release of acetylcholine and therefore also inhibits muscle contraction.

Muscle weakness is typically seen within two to four days, and maximal weakness or paralysis is noted around ten to fourteen days.

No, you do not need to continue to receive treatment and you will not age any faster because you have stopped. However, if you continue to have treatment for 5 - 10 years, the treatment will significantly delay the ageing process.

The effects of Xeomin® (incobotulinumtoxinA) toxins are not permanent, because the affected nerves sprout new endings. After around three months, a working connection between the nerve and muscle is re-established. However, an element of atrophy (muscle wasting) occurs with each injection. This incremental atrophy explains why the interval needed for a second treatment can gradually lengthen following repeated injections.

You may see some effect within three days however maximum effect can be seen after 14 days. These results typically last between 3-4 months.

A full medical history will be taken and you will have an opportunity to discuss the treatment in full as well as ask any questions you may have. The cost of treatment will be discussed and you will then be required to complete a consent form.

Possible side effects can include swelling or infection at injection site, headache, pain, nausea, lack of feeling, local muscle weakness including drooping eye lids.

  • Do not rub the treated area for 12 hours following treatment. Do not lie down for 4 hours immediately following the treatment.
  • Continue to use your facial muscles as much as possible in the first hour following treatment.
  • If you think you have suffered from an adverse reaction to your treatment, contact us immediately.

Unfortunately we are unable to provide treatment to pregnant or breastfeeding mothers.

You can find more information on Xeomin on our Medicines page. Alternatively, Medsafe provides a leaflet with general information.