In today’s society both men and women will go to great lengths to keep their skin youthful and glowing. Whether it be through more natural means like dieting, exercise, and skin care regimes, or thorough more unnatural means such as anti-aging creams or surgical procedures, it seems that men and women today will go to any length to look and feel younger. One of the more popular methods of staying young today is botox. This is a type of injection that triggers muscle relaxation and that has become a normal part in the routine of many. With that being said, the lifespan of botox is now being threatened with a newer alternative – frotox.
Frotox vs. botox
Botox has long been the craze for those looking to restore their skin to its natural youthfulness, but despite the fact that it is considered to be safe, many people are starting to cringe at the idea of inserting toxins into their face. Frotox, also referred to as ‘cryoneuromodulation’ (you can see why it’s usually referred to as ‘frotox’), is a new non-toxic alternative to botox. The results of frotox are said to last a few months, which is about equivalent to the results of botox. With that being said, botox can take a few days to see results whereas frotox results are immediate.
How does it work?
When your hands get very cold, they often become numb thereby making it difficult to move your fingers. The idea behind frotox is a similar one, but instead of numbing the fingers, it numbs the nerves. When undergoing a frotox treatment, a small needle is used to inject pressurized liquid nitrous oxide into the nerves that are responsible for controlling wrinkles on the forehead and between the eyebrows. When exposed to such cold temperatures, nerve cells are interrupted, and the facial muscles can relax, reducing the look of fine lines and wrinkles on the face.
What happens during treatment?
During a frotox treatment a local anaesthetic is applied to the forehead. A small device (approximately the size of a pen) is then used to insert small needle tips into the skin. Freezing cold temperatures are then shot into the skin for durations of approximately 30 seconds at a time. The entire session takes about 10-20 minutes to complete.
Is it painful?
No. Frotox is not painful, though you may feel a slight pressure sensation on the skin.
What downsides are associated with frotox?
- Frotox injections require precise accuracy in order to be successful.
- The side effects of frotox are yet to be determined
- Frotox is not yet FDA or NHS approved
- Frotox has only been tested on the brow and forehead regions. Effectiveness on other areas of the face is unknown
Is it successful?
To date, frotox is still in the trial phase throughout the United States and Europe. With that being said, results look promising – not only for its effectiveness in the realm of anti-aging, but also for its ability to treat chronic pain. If the new treatment does pass clinical trials, the idea of a non-toxic form of botox is something to be excited about.