A new topical gel could eliminate the use of needles to administer Botox…
Botox works wonders for many, but in order to receive the benefits one must be willing to shed any fear of needles and lend their trust experienced hands. While this may not be a problem for some, aichmophobia, or the fear of sharp pointed objects is extremely common and pretty much rules out the Botox option for suffers.
Luckily, the use of needles to administer Botox may not be necessary if a topical cream currently undergoing clinical trials proves successful.Image Credit: Vancouver Laser & Skin Care, 2009.
“The gel contains botulinum toxin type A and a peptide carrier, which is what helps the botulinum toxin gel penetrate the skin,” explained Michael Kane, MD, a New York City plastic surgeon and consultant for Revance Therapeutics. [WebMD]
The gel is applied and left to sit for 30 minutes to allow the Botox to penetrate the skin. It is then washed off and the patient is free to carry on with their day.
The gel has already been found to be effective in two separate studies involving 270 patients with mild to severe crow’s feet. After four weeks, 89% of participants had improved smoothness in wrinkles around the eye.
Kane reports that aside from the odd case of skin irritation, ‘no serious’ side effects occurred. In fact, he notes that the treatment should actually reduce the risk of side effects, such as pain and bruising, which can often occur after receiving injections.
The current trials complete the Phase II stage of testing; Phase 3 research is still needed before the gel can seek FDA approval.
Kane presented the results at Plastic Surgery 11, the annual meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, in Denver on Saturday 22nd, Sept.
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- Kathleen Doheny: Needle-Free Wrinkle Treatment Works Like Botox. WebMD, 09/21/2011.