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New Technology Presents Alternative to Botox: Freezing Wrinkles

Posted: May 11, 2011

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The company will eventually seek FDA approval as a medical device. Palmer said the company might first seek approval in Europe.

Brian Zelickson, MD, an associate professor of dermatology at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, said the technique sounds promising, but needs more research to determine how long results last and to make sure no lasting nerve or muscle injury occurs that could cause permanent changes in sensation.

He agrees that the toxin-free cosmetic procedure might win some followers.

"Botox and Dysport are very easy, very quick, the patient satisfaction profile is great and there are very few side effects," says Zelickson, incoming president of ASLMS. "It's a high bar to leap over, but there are some people that don't like the concept of injecting botulinum toxin into their bodies. If there were a procedure that could be done, that doesn't inject any chemical into the system and could yield the same results for the same duration, there is a market for that."

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Botox and Dysport injections top its list of nonsurgical procedures.