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The New Alternative to Botox Uses Cold to Relax Wrinkles 2011-04-04 11:23:34

Freezing Wrinkles May Be the New Botox Alternative


Beverly Hills cosmetic surgeon Dr. Francis Palmer is betting that there's a market for people who want the effects of Botox without using botulism. Specifically, the company he works for, MyoScience, has developed a machine that uses cold to freeze facial nerves. The device, which uses a series of small needles called "cryoprobes" to freeze muscles' nerves into relaxing, is currently in clinical trials and may soon be looking for approval in Europe.

To me, the procedure sounds not unlike receiving Botox injections, insofar as there are lots of little needle jabs involved and the mechanism of wrinkle relaxation involves disabling nerves for a few months. If this technique gets FDA approval sometime soon, would you try it rather than getting Botox? Or are you content to age naturally?

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