Answer: Its sounds like a back room beauty product– Botox in a gel that you simply apply to the skin. But its really happening. A true Botox topical gel is deep in clinical trials and results are very encouraging. The gel is applied to the skin by a physician and delievers about 25% of the impact of a Botox injection. According to Reverance Therapeutics which is developing the gel, more than 200 patients have been treated with it and it has been shown to be both safe and effective. It will be approved for treatment of wrinkles around the eyes and offer a reasonable option for those of us who cringe at injections. I’ve heard that the price for applications will be significantly less than true Botox, about $150/treatment.
However keep in mind that you won’t be able to use it at home. Every application will have to be done in a doctor’s office. Its still in clinical trials and probably won’t be available for another year. But its very nice to know its coming.
Currently there are a number of existing products that claim to have Botox-like effects. They often contain ingredients like argireline which is supposed to inhibit a unique protein in the cells that sends signals from nerves to muscles. At least that’s the way its supposed to work. Most experts are not impressed with the results and I am going to wait for the real thing.