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When your Botox stops working

 

It’s a weird phenomenon and a bothersome one for people who are used to having their Botox do what it’s supposed to. So what is happening when it seems to stop working for some people?

Are the wrinkle relaxers all the same?

Wrinkle relaxers are basically alike, but not completely. They all work to prohibit or restrict muscle contraction. But there are “extra” ingredients that, do some people, seem to get in the way after a while. These extras are accessory proteins.

Xeomin, pronounced zee-oh-min, delivers results very much like Botox and Dysport. Like the other drugs in this category, Xeomin works by paralyzing wrinkles. It blocks the signals from the nerves to the muscles. As a result, the targeted muscle cannot contract.

The 3 injectables all work to remove frowns and furrows and wrinkles and a host of other unwanted muscle contractions. The difference? Xeomin is referred to the “naked” neurotoxin because the accessory proteins have been removed.

What’s an accessory protein and why does it matter?

For some patients, accessory proteins pretty much void the action, so long time users of Botox who had built up a type of immunity to those proteins discovered that their Botox wasn’t working any longer. That’s not the case for everyone, but for those who were used to the effects of their treatment, not getting those effects was upsetting.

To have an alternative is a nice option. That’s not to say every single person who no longer responds fully to Botox will find that Xeomin takes its place, but for most, it will.

 

By |2018-11-16T05:42:31+00:00November 29th, 2013|Appearance, Dermal Fillers & Injectables|Comments Off on When your Botox stops working

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