For those of us who would love to have botox injections but hate the thought of needles, there may soon be a solution. New research suggests that a gel which has been created around the active ingredients found in typical botox injections may soon be available. And it lasts about the same time as regular botox treatments. The new study, performed at the Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital in New York City by Dr. Michael Kane showed a considerably improved softening around the crows feet area by the eyes. Despite early encouraging signs however, it is not known when this treatment may be available or how much it might cost as it has not yet been approved.
The research is at a critical second stage of testing in clinical trials and Dr Kane commented, “No one is going to be running to the doctor and getting this until phase III studies are done and the FDA rules.” Botox works by paralysing the facial muscles or nerves and is used typically in cosmetic procedures to smooth out wrinkles or fine lines. Injections are painful and treatments can run into hundreds of dollars and should be performed by accredited practitioners, otherwise you may be left with droopy eyelids or a blank frozen gaze. If the gel can be commercialized it is highly likely more people would use the treatments, rather than have the injectable botox.
In the new study, 90 patients with moderate to severe wrinkles around the eye were either given an application of a placebo gel or the botulinum toxin gel. The gel was applied to the area around the eyes, most noticeable for crows feet, and it was left there for half an hour until it was wiped away. Approximately 90 percent of those who received the botox gel showed a ‘clinically meaningful’ reduction in wrinkles, compared to 28 percent of those who got the placebo. A second study which involved 180 adults with crow’s feet, around 40 percent of those treated with the gel responded well, according to the researchers. And there were no side effects from applying the gel.
The findings are due to be published in Saturday’s annual conference in Denver at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. For all of us who hate needles, here’s hoping the product is successful!