Needle-Free Botox (Really? Really!)
Coming Soon: Botox® without Injections
As we’ve been talking about at Sonata, located in Broomfield, Colorado, for some time, the future of looking beautiful is no-pain and no-downtime treatments. We are not 100% of the way there…yet. With many other treatments, we continue to reduce down-time and minimize physical discomfort. For example, our Jet Peel infused with lidocaine has greatly reduced the discomfort of Ultherapy treatments and also we have found that doing a Plasma Facial before a DOT laser treatment notable reduces down-time and discomfort.
Now, it looks like injection-free Botox® may be on the horizon! This would be milestone toward no-pain and zero-downtime treatments. Many people are reluctant to try Botox® because they are afraid of needles. Indeed, it is estimated that as much as 20% of the population suffers from Trypanophobia, a genuine fear of needles that prevents them from seeking treatment.
Earlier this month, Allergan, the company that makes Botox® purchased a small company that specializes in “delivery technology that enables local, targeted delivery of neurotoxins…without the need for injections.” New York-based Anterios, Inc. is working on developing a topical Botox®. With Allergan’s purchase of this company, no-pain, no-downtime Botox® could become a reality in the not-too-distant future.
In the meantime, considering the costs and benefits of injecting Botox®, we know most of clients will continue to opt for the treatment, even in its injectable-form. It remains a no-downtime and very minor pain treatment for most clients. Don’t forget, to minimize the side-effects of any injection – which are namely some bruising and swelling, here are few things you can do:
For a few days before and after treatment discontinue your use of Aspirin, Exedrin, Ibuprofen, St. John’s Wart, Omega 3’s and Vitamin E (Tylenol is fine). Also avoid alcohol. Post-treatment, apply ice packs immediately and for a couple of days avoid getting your heart rate over 100, yoga inversions and hot yoga.
We’ll continue to keep you posted on this exciting topic as well as any other new advancements in no-downtime, zero-pain beauty!