Wouldn’t it be great if you could get all the anti-wrinkle Father Time Fighting benefits of Botox without the pinch of the needle?
No question about it, but you may have to a wait a while…
The FDA is currently evaluating a cream/gel version of Botox that can be applied topically instead of being injected directly into the muscles of the forehead and brow. While this is a very promising advance in the realm of non-invasive anti-aging therapies, there are still some concerns over taking Botox topical.
#1. Will it work?
It seems reasonable that topical Botox will have no problem doing it’s job in areas of the face where the skin is very thin, like the Crow’s Feet area at the corner of the eyelid. But will it work in the areas where most people want the max effect… on the forehead and brow wrinkles? The skin is much thicker in those areas that it is around the eye, so it’s difficult to say whether or not the gel will be able to penetrate deeply enough to make a difference without any harmful effects.
#2. Will it work too well?
As we just discussed, Botox gel will have to absorb pretty well in order to make it to it’s target muscles beneath the thicker skin on the forehead and brow. If the drug absorbs really well, what happens if you put too much on? Or if you accidentally put in in the wrong place? Just a temporary droopy eyelid? Or worse?
#3. Will it be dangerous?
Droopy eyelid? Annoying, but not the end of the world… especially since it will eventually get better as the Botox wears off. But would topical Botox cause more harmful problems? Will it react with makeup? Will it react with the sun? What would happen if someone doesn’t follow the instructions and applies too much? These are all very important questions that scientists and doctors are working on right now.
So, until we get solid answers to these questions, along with a slew of others, the needle is the only way to go. Good thing it’s a very tiny needle 🙂
Nicholas Vendemia, M.D. Plastic Surgeon, New York City MAS / Manhattan Aesthetic Surgery www.ManhattanAestheticSurgery.com
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