Xeomin 25 Units, 12 Days Out, Not Working? (photo)

I received 25 units of Xeomin to the glabellar region exactly 12 days ago. I have had Botox once before at the same facility (different injector) and although it wasn't perfectly smooth, I had far less movement than I do this time around. I feel like I can fully contract my muscle. I go in for my follow up in 2 days and I know if they do add more units, they charge. I'm frustrated because I don't want to waste the money I already spent but I want true results like I see here. What do you think?

Doctor Answers 9

Xeomin 25 Units, 12 Days Out, Not Working?

You need to speak with your plastic surgeon.  There is a small percentage of patients who are unhappy with the results of any of the neuromodulators, but, in general, adding more product should help.  With Xeomin, more so than with Botox and Dysport, it is important for the plastic surgeon to make sure that all of the precipitate, some of which may be under the cap, has been incorporated into the solution.  Not doing that may reduce the effectiveness of what is injected.  And going to the same MD is another component in comparing treatments.

I would recommend that you start with a discussion with your PS and you will hopefully be able to work it out from there.

I hope that this helps and good luck,

Dr. E

New York Plastic Surgeon
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Please discuss your concerns with your injector.  You may require more units of Xeomin or you may be a better candidate for Botox.

Martie Gidon, MD, FRCPC
Toronto Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 22 reviews

Xeomin - 2 weeks after treatment

Thank you for your question.

I am sorry to hear that you feel not happy with your treatment results. You had a normal dose. However, 3% of Botulotoxin users (regardless what type of product: Botox, Dysport, Xeomin) can become resistant to the effect of toxin. It looks like you one of these people. Discuss this with your practitioner.

Alexandra Chambers, MD, PhD
London Dermatologist
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I would follow up with your provider for recheck as you indicated. Typically this is not  the result you would expect from 25 units in the glabellar area.

Kristin J. Tarbet MD, FACS
Bellevue Oculoplastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 24 reviews

Poor Xeomin result

It does not look like the Xeomin injections were effective.  You have waited an adequate amount of time for the full response.

We do not know if the amount injected was the same, whether the concentration was the same.

You also had a different injector who may not have been experienced as the first person who injected you. Maybe the pattern and depth of injection was different.

Go back and speak to the head doctor at the office where you were treated and explain you concerns.  I am sure they will work things out to your satisfaction. 

Harry Goldin, MD
Skokie Dermatologist


Thank you for your question.

It appears that you have strong corrugator muscles which may require more units of Xeomin/Botox to achieve your desired results. Discuss your concerns with your provider at your follow up appointment for additional options. To be sure what is best for you, see two or more board-certified providers in your area for a complete evaluation to make sure you are a good candidate and that it is safe for you to have treatment.

I hope this helps.

J. Jason Wendel, MD, FACS
Nashville Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 183 reviews


Hi Kat, I feel your frustration, and I sometimes have patients who need a little more to smooth things out.  Be up front with your frustrations.  Xeomin absolutely will work, but you will need more.  Talk about alternatives also.  So, go back in, tell them you are frustrated, and see if they can cut your some slack on fees.  This is how I handle it.  All the best, "Dr. Joe"

Joe Gryskiewicz, MD, FACS
Minneapolis Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 278 reviews

Xeomin injections in Santa Monica

Xeomin is an excellent alternative to Botox and works well. Discuss your concerns with your physician. Our office has seen excellent results with Xeomin injections. 

Raffy Karamanoukian MD FACS

Los Angeles

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 94 reviews

Xeomin 25 Units, 12 Days Out, Not Working?

You seem to have strong corrugator/procerus muscles and would benefit from a higher dosage of Xeomin to see full correction. Contact your provider for further assistance, you may want to continue using Botox if you're not seeing a significant difference with Xeomin

Kenneth B. Hughes, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 496 reviews

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