The buzz in cosmetic surgery is all about Revance, the new “Botox” that does not require an injection.
As you know Botox is an amazing treatments that soften wrinkles. Botox works by temporarily relaxing muscles. By relaxing the right muscles, Botox can help you get rid of wrinkles that come with facial expression. A great example of this is the vertical lines that form between your brows when you squint, or the crows feet you get when you smile. Botox also can help with a lot of other things, from raising your brows to getting rid of the little bumps you get on your chin when you frown Botox is temporary. It last, for most people about 3-4 months and then wears off. If you like the results, you’ll probably want to do it again. Most people who are really in to it get Botox about 3 times a year.
Nothing is perfect. The one issue with Botox is that it requires injections. The truth is that the injections are given very gently, with a tiny needle, so you hardly feel it at all. People who try Botox, quickly learn that it is certainly worth the injections. However, we can all agree that it would be nice if you could get the same results without injections.
Enter Revance. Revance is a gel that is made to deliver a medication similar to Botox without any injections. The gel is applied to the skin, by your cosmetic surgeon, and then removed at just the right time a few minutes later. The idea is that you can get rid of some of your lines without an injection.
So whats that catch? Well the main catch is that Revance is still being tested to be sure that it works as well as it claims, and to be sure that it is completely safe. For that reason it is not yet FDA approved, and it is not available at this time. Most doctors think that Revance will get FDA approval in the next year or so. The second catch is that early reports claim that Revance works well for crowsfeet where the skin is thin, but not as well in areas of thicker skin, like between your brows. Time will tell, and we’ll know the answer about how well it works, and where it works, by the time it has completed testing.
For the time being we have Botox (Dysport & Xeomin) all of which work incredibly well. Stay tuned to hear more about Revance as information becomes available.