Prospective Peptide Injections

As far as injectables have come in the pursuit of wrinkle reduction, scientists envision them going even farther in the not-so-distant future, when syringes filled with hyaluronic acid and botulinum toxin are replaced with peptides.

Already a favorite component in topical anti-aging formulas, peptides still hold enormous and unmet potential. One company, ProGDerm, is currently developing a peptide technology that could potentially be injected to regulate the RHAMM protein and, consequently, promote fat growth under the skin where it has been lost through aging.

Although it's still early in its development, researchers are hoping this injectable peptide will last longer and look more natural than current fillers. They would also like to eventually translate the technology into a topical application, sparing patients from yet another needle.