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If you have been hoping for a reliable yet less expensive alternative to Botox® for the treatment of your frown lines, you are in luck. In August, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the usage of Xeomin® (incobotulinumtoxinA) for a variety of issues including frown lines. Among the information that it examined in order to approve this new product were comparative studies from Europe that evaluated Xeomin® versus Botox®. Manufactured by the pharmaceutical company Merz, it has been used elsewhere in the world since 2005 in over 84,000 people and presently is available in 20 countries.

What is Xeomin®?

Xeomin® is another botulinum toxin A, in the same category as Botox® and Dysport®, which acts by temporarily paralyzing the underlying muscles in order to treat wrinkles. These three products have the same basic toxin particle but their formulations are different. Because Xeomin® doesn’t have a surrounding protein particle as the other two products have, it may have the theoretical advantage of lowering the risk of developing antibodies to the product which can reduce effectiveness. (In reality, this does not really seem to be much of an issue with either Botox® or Dysport®.)  It appears that its effects and characteristics are similar to those of Botox®.

Presently, Xeomin® is being released in very limited quantities until its planned widespread release sometime in 2012. We are honored to have been selected by Merz as one of only a limited number of physicians in the Scottsdale and Phoenix metropolitan area able to offer you this new product. In order to make Xeomin® an attractive alternative to the iconic Botox®, we are offering very attractive discounts that can add up to around 20% or $100 less than Botox® (if you use an average of 50 units).

If you would like more information on Xeomin® or Botox® or would like to schedule a consultation and treatment of your wrinkles with either product, you can call my office at 480-451-3000.

Steven H. Turkeltaub, M.D. P.C.
Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona

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In light of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, we would like to let you know of some of the major precautions we are taking in our office to maximize cleanliness and keep the environment as sanitary and safe as possible. Our highest priority is always to ensure the safety of every individual who sees us and we are taking extreme infection-control measures to maintain cleanliness and “sterility” of surfaces and the overall environment.

We will be limiting dates and times for office appointments and consultations due to safety and other issues. Consequently, if you have already made an office appointment or consultation prior to March 18, 2020 to occur at a later time, this may need to be changed.

For anyone considering plastic surgery, we are now offering Virtual Consultations and Telemedicine through Skype. A great number of aesthetic or insurance-related issues can be evaluated via pictures and online video conferencing, making this an excellent way to find out more about particular procedures, determine candidacy for treatment, receive answers to questions and facilitate being able to move forward with care once the government lifts all restrictions.

In an abundance of caution, we are asking all current patients who are experiencing a fever, cough, chills, fatigue or any type of respiratory illness to please delay any upcoming appointments at our practice. We can talk with you by phone or email to establish a new date and time for the appointment.

We are all in this together. Our team urges everyone to follow the guidelines recommended by local health authorities and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which include frequent handwashing for a minimum of 20 seconds, social distancing, staying home if you are feeling sick, and contacting your healthcare provider if you feel you are experiencing symptoms.

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