It’s unbelievable! Despite the existence of numerous anti-wrinkle creams in the market and the massive popularity of Botox to soothe and de-age skin, now there is a revolutionary and highly advanced technology that freezes away wrinkles?
Apparently, wrinkle cream users encounter quite a few promises beauty companies don’t back up, or products that surprisingly contain toxic ingredients. Botox has certain risks and complications such as an allergic reaction. The use of neurotoxins is rather scary for some so Botox still has quite a huge chunk of “unserved” market globally.
Clearly, there is a room for improvement, but what can the customers expect from this newly developed device that uses cold temperature to treat dynamic facial wrinkles?
How Does “Freezing the Wrinkles” Work?
This experimental technology, called cryoneuromodulation is patented by MyoScience Inc. It uses cryotechnology, a technology involving very low temperatures that freezes the facial muscles’ nerves into relaxing by injecting a series of small needles (cryoprobes). A local anesthesia shall be administered. The aim is to deliver controlled subcutaneous cooling effect to interrupt the nerve signal and relax facial muscles that cause formation of horizontal and vertical forehead lines.
The Early Clinical Trials
HealthDay reporter, Jenifer Goodwin reported that this innovative and intriguing technology has shown promising results in early clinical trials. The results of initial clinical trials were presented at the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery conference in Grapevine Texas.
The researchers tried the procedure on 31 participants. After receiving 2-8 injections, the participants successfully had fewer wrinkles. The current study focuses on reducing dynamic facial wrinkles, which include forehead lines and frown lines between the brows. Dr. Francis Palmer, a Beverly Hills cosmetic surgeon and consulting medical director of MyoScience Inc., said that future research will study other facial areas.
This15-minute treatment does not leave a permanent damage to the nerve; instead it only “injures” the nerve temporarily so the signal remains interrupted for a period of time. There is still no definite study how long the effect would last since the researchers are still enhancing the technique. Palmer noted, however, that it could work for 3-4 months as similar to Botox.
“Freezing Away Wrinkles” vs. Botox
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery states that Botox and Dysport injections are their two most-sought nonsurgical procedures. These are injectible forms of type A Botulinium toxin, a neurotoxin that reduces wrinkles by paralyzing the facial muscles when injected in small amounts. But since Botox and Dysport are frowned upon by those who repulse neurotoxin injection, freezing away wrinkles into lineless finish is an ideal alternative.
Palmer commented that cryoneuromodulation technology is a toxin-free treatment for unwanted lines and wrinkles. The common side effects include injection site redness, headaches, pain in the face and discomfort similar to Botox. However, the up-side of cryotechnology over Botox and Dysport is the instant results.
A toxin-free cosmetic treatment that does not take a few days to work seems too good to be true, but now it’s possible. Dr. Brian Zelickson, an associate professor of dermatology at the University of Minnesota commented that this innovative medical device sounds promising and might win followers.
Safety and Credibility Issues
It is not advisable to have Botox injection if the patient takes antibiotics regularly due to probable adverse reaction to the product and other health risks. Pregnant and breastfeeding women are also advised not to undergo Botox procedure until their children are no longer reliant on them for nutrition. The question is: Does cryoneuromodulation hold its own limitations?
The researchers are doing further research on the effects of cryoneuromodulation, including a study on how long its results will last. It must also be ensured that the procedure won’t cause permanent muscle or nerve injury and permanent changes in sensation.
The MyoScience technology has been approved by the U.S FDA for use in general surgery and treatment of peripheral nerves for easing pain. However, the MyoScience Cryoneuromodulation technology is not yet approved for use in the United States for aesthetic applications. Palmer said that the company might seek FDA approval in Europe.
Overall, this new technology shows potential as an alternative to Botox in smoothing out dynamic wrinkles. It offers its own set of advantages in terms of health, aesthetic and safety factors. Regardless whether or not the medical community would put it above Botox as the best non-surgical facial cosmetic procedure, the patient still has the last say what treatment he or she chooses.