The un-Botox. The latest technology for paralyzing wrinkles, in FDA studies now, involves a cold probe. Instead of knocking out the nerve with a toxin, you literally freeze it. (The nerve ending will gradually grow back.)
Laser surgery for eye festoons. Festoons are like extreme eye bags – think loose skin actually swagging down onto your cheekbones – and are difficult to treat, even with surgery. “But if you injure the skin in a selective way, enough to get the body to grow new collagen and elastin fibers, it can fix the problem,” says Scheiner, who’s spearheading the maverick procedure and hopes to train other doctors soon. Bonus: “It makes the skin healthy, too .”
New-generation injectables: Most hyaluronic acid fillers, although clear in color, can create a bluish hue on the skin if injected too close to the surface. But the latest version, Belotero, solves that problem: Slightly smoother and lighter than Restylane and Juvéderm, it’s ideal for filling hollows in the thin skin around the eyes.
Another injectable: Xeomin, a botulinum-toxin based treatment similar to Botox and Dysport, is expected to gain FDA approval for cosmetic use in the next few months. “It may last a little longer than Botox and Dysport and is expected to cost a little less,” says Brandt. “Also, while it’s rare, some people don’t respond to Botox, or develop a resistance to it over time. Xeomin produces less neutralizing antibodies, so it could offer an effective alternative.”