Better than Botox? Now You Can Freeze Your Wrinkles!
Botox has long been the king of the wrinkle industry, but a surprising new breakthrough may be dethroning the invasive surgery.
Research at Redwood City’s Myoscience has recently developed a new treatment to literally freeze your wrinkles away, offering a safer alternative for looking younger than ever. The technique, known as Cryotechnology, is not yet approved in the U.S. but shows definite promise in early clinical trials.
According to Francis Palmer, director of facial plastic surgery at University of Southern California, “It’s a toxin-free alternative to treating unwanted lines and wrinkles, similar to what is being done with Botox and Dysport.”
The biggest question on everyone’s mind is this: is Cryotechnology better than Botox?
Botox vs. Cryotechnology
In case you didn’t know, Botox utilizes the botulinum toxin (the bacteria that causes botulism) to relax facial muscles, inhibiting the over firing of nerves that cause muscles to contract. When performed correctly, it can smooth fine lines and wrinkles for a younger looking appearance.
Although the results are not permanent, estimates of nearly six million doses of Botox are given every year to consumers. Interestingly, Botox can be used for more than just wrinkles, treating everything from headaches to muscle spasms to extreme sweating.
However, there are some definite risks to injecting the dangerous bacteria into your skin, including facial paralysis and severe allergic reactions.
Cyrotechnology, on the other hand, doesn’t kill the nerve, but puts it into hibernation. The device uses a series of small needles known as “cryoprobes” that are filled with a pressurized refrigerant which can super cool the nerves.
“You can see the needles beginning to form an ice ball at their tip,” states John Allison, vice president of research at Myoscience.
The resulting effect freezes the nerve without harming the tissue or skin around the area, and though the nerve does return to normal body temperature within a short amount of time, the extreme cold will temporarily “injure” the nerve enough to remain dormant long for an extended period of time.
The technique, lasting only 15 minutes, will effectively work on forehead wrinkles for up to three or four months, which makes it seem as though this safe alternative may prove to be better than botox.
Although the technique has not been refined or FDA approved, Cryotechnology is already beginning to show a great deal of promise as an effective wrinkle treatment.
“From the early clinical trials, this procedure – which its makers call cryoneuromodulation – appears to have the same clinical efficacy and safety comparable to existing techniques,” Dr. Palmer adds.
Research conducted at Myoscience claims that all 31 test subjects experienced fewer wrinkles after two to eight injections, with side effects being fairly mild such as headaches and skin redness (which is fairly typical for wrinkle filler procedures).
Unfortunately, the research is still in its preliminary stages and won’t be released in a peer reviewed journal until much later in the future, but we look forward to seeing the results of these clinical trials.
What Do You Think?
Botox has long set the bar for treating wrinkles and fine lines, and though many wrinkle creams and products claim to be better than Botox, it’s not every day that we come across a potential treatment that may in fact live up to that claim.
Although this surgery is still invasive when compared to top wrinkle creams and products, for those looking for a more extreme procedure, Cryotechnology seems like a viable option.
Dr. Larry Fan, a San Francisco plastic surgeon, states, “people want to look younger, they want to look better, as well as being able to treat other conditions, but all things equal, they would prefer to do it in the most natural way possible.”
But what do you think? Do you agree? Would you be willing to try Cryotechnology over Botox, or would you rather stick to more affordable methods for fighting wrinkles?
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