Ask an Expert: Will the New Botox Cream Reduce Side Effects

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We’re always on the lookout for new and innovative techniques, procedures and products that can help us achieve a more youthful look. So when we heard about an injection-free way of reducing wrinkles, our ears instantly perked up. A new Botox cream still in trials, called Revance 1000, promises the same results as injectable neurotoxins without the needle.

“It works the same way that the injectable botulinum toxins work—by blocking the release of a substance called acetylcholine, needed for muscle movement,” says San Antonio dermatologist Vivian Bucay, MD. Because it’s topically applied, patients won’t experience injection related side effects like bruising, tenderness, swelling, and bleeding. However, there is still a risk of an allergic reaction and other side effects common with neurotoxins. The good news here is, “Because it's a topically-applied product that has to be absorbed through the skin, the risk of these effects should be less.”

This cream is ideal for patients who want the wrinkle erasing effects of neurotoxins like Botox, Dysport and Xeomin, but are anxious or phobic of needles. It’s also a good option for patients who bruise easily. We’ve definitely got our fingers crossed that the cream passes trials! Of course, you should always consult a board-certified physician before undergoing any sort of procedure or prescription medication.