Botox without needles

Unless you have been living in a cave, it should be no supprise that botox is an injectable medication that helps improve certain types of wrinkles.  Other than the cost, one of the most problematic issues for patients is the needle.  Most of us just don’t enjoy getting stuck.

Hope is on the horizon.  There is a new topical non-injectable form of botulinum toxin has shown promise in phase II trials.  The medication is manufactured by Revance Theraputics Inc and involves a “carrier” protien to move the medication through the skin to the site of its effect.

The future of botulinum toxin for treatment of wrinkles, hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), and possibly (but not proven) for hair loss may be as simple as application of a cream.  However, don’t line up at your plastic surgeon or dermatologists office just yet as it is not yet FDA approved.

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