Needle-Free Botox In Development

What if you could reduce your crow's-feet for the long haul, without the side effects of injections like painful bruising and swelling? In time, it may be an option. Preliminary research suggests that an anti-wrinkle gel could reduce the appearance of crow's-feet when applied to the eye area and left on for a half hour before it is wiped off. Results are said to last about four months, similar to Botox injections.

Formulated with botulinum toxin, the gel seems promising for reducing crow's-feet in clinical trials so far. However, it is not yet known how much the treatment will cost, when it might be available and if it would work better than Botox injections.

What we do know is that the gel is not a skin cream; it's a drug, so like Botox injections, patients will only be able to undergo this treatment at a doctor's office. And more research and trials are necessary before the Food and Drug Administration gets involved.

"This unique, painless product could greatly expand the patient population for wrinkle reduction by offering a highly effective treatment option," said Michael Kane, MD, ASPS Member Surgeon and study author. "Many patients want the benefits injectable products offer but shy away from needles."

The preliminary research will be presented at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons annual conference in Denver.

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