Could wrinkle freezing be an alternative to Botox?

6th April 2011

An experimental new technique to freeze wrinkles has been praised by researchers in early trials, where it has been considered a true alternative to Botox.

Trails into the effectiveness of cryoneuromodulation, which uses cold to temporarily freeze nerves have been taking place for some time, but the drug is yet to be approved.

According to a report in Bloomberg BusinessWeek, if it were to be approved it would provide a toxin-free way to reduce lines, which may be safer than methods which are currently popular.

This early study into the method tested 31 people, who all had fewer wrinkles after between two to eight sessions, which is similar to Botox. Unlike Botox, the news provider reported, the effects were immediate.

A study conducted last year found that patients who undergo Botox injections may have difficulty experiencing some emotions as they did prior to the procedure, because their facial muscles are no longer able to physically express the emotion.


Posted by Jeanette Royston


1. Palmer, Dr Francis. Study abstract, American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery conference, Grapevine, Texas, April 1, 2011.


2. Havas, D et al. Cosmetic use of botulinum toxin affects processing of emotional language. Psych. Sci. April 2010.


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