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A new Botox that lasts longer could be on its way

Staggeringly beautiful then and now. Yes, it's Sharon Stone. Image: Getty.

 

A new longer-lasting muscle freezing injection is being tested in the US and should reach our shores within the next two years. Frankly, we’re dead excited.

RT002, as its currently known, is being tested in the US with studies kicking off late last year. At this point, the trials are looking at whether the treatment is effective in removing the glabellar lines (that nasty crinkle between the eyebrows that makes you look super cranky even when you’re not).

Washington, D.C. dermatologist Tina Alster, MD, who is an investigator for the trials, was quoted on New Beauty as saying, “The latest injectable neurotoxin, RT002, shows promise as a Botox alternative that has a prolonged clinical effect.”

Prolonged people. PROLONGED. Now, before we get to that let’s talk muscle freezers in general. You’ve probably heard of Botox.

Botox, of course, is just a brand name for the muscle-freezing injectable hundreds of thousands of women (and men) are using to obliterate frown lines, crow’s feet and the glabellar lines (see above).

 

Sharon Stone back in the day. Gorgeous then – gorgeous now, but she’s had a little help from anti-ageing treatments such as injectables. Image: Getty. 

I’m an avid devotee and will happily accept an injection or three of it comes my way. In fact, the only problem I have with this muscle-freezing injectable is that it doesn’t last.

Most folk find that they get roughly three months out of this treatment with some experiencing longer-lasting results. Me? I’m looking at six to eight weeks at best. That’s a problem given that Botox (and its sister injectables Dysport and Xeomin) are pricey.

Costs vary from clinic to clinic and by how many units you have injected. But, even at less expensive clinics you’re looking at $350 per area. Given that, a treatment that lasts longer is one that we’re happy to hear about.

So, back to RT002. If all goes to plan and the treatment is approved, it will hit the market shortly. And then, you’ll be looking at a good six months utterly line free.

The only downside, as far as we can see, is that if something does go wrong or you don’t enjoy the results you’ll have to wait twice as long for the effect to wear off.

Given that, it will be even more important to choose an injector who is qualified, reputable and talented. A cosmetic doctor or a plastic surgeon is always an excellent option.

“When it comes to your face and skin I believe it is of high importance to go to an expert in the area,” says plastic surgeon Dr Jack Zoumaras, of Artiste Plastic Surgery.

“A plastic surgeon is the expert on the face and that goes for both surgical and non-surgical techniques such as injectables.”
Read more at https://style.nine.com.au/2017/02/02/13/11/botox-new-long-lasting-breakthrough-beauty-anti-age-lines#a1ROTZI5XZ0DjHwD.99

 

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