Botox's Cousin: Say Hello to PurTox

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Watch out Botox, you may soon have a worthy competitor, and it's called PurTox! Similar to Botox, PurTox is a refined form of botulinum toxin A, which is injected into the skin to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Doctors administer PurTox injections the same way they inject Botox—- into the muscles underlying the skin—- and the treatment blocks specific nerve endings from contracting and creating lines and folds in the face. PurTox can reduce the appearance of wrinkles in problem areas such as frown lines or crow’s feet.

What makes PurTox different? Researchers claim that PurTox is "purer" than Botox, and therefore creates better, longer-lasting results than the wrinkle-reducing injections with which we’re already familiar. The treatment is expected to last from three to five months in most patients.

PurTox was discovered in the 1980s along with Botox by researchers at the University of Wisconsin. While Botox was developed and marketed, researchers continued to study PurTox. Mentor Corporation has performed clinical trials, which have shown a high degree of satisfaction among individuals receiving the treatment. PurTox treatments take approximately 15-30 minutes, with no recovery or down time expected after each treatment. The cost of the procedure is also expected to mimic that of Botox injections, running approximately $200-500 per session. PurTox is currently awaiting FDA approval.

PurTox patients can expect similar risks and side effects as those that are possible with Botox injections. Temporary side effects may include swelling, slight discomfort, bruising, or redness at the injection site. “Ptosis” or drooping eyelid may also be experienced, but is also typically temporary. Additional information about risks and side effects of PurTox will become available upon completion of clinical trials. As with any skin procedure, it is important to keep in mind that when you select a skilled specialist to perform the treatment, your risk of side effects is greatly diminished.

If you are interested in learning more about injection treatments such as Botox, PurTox, Restylane, or Dysport, contact HealthySkinPortal to set up a consultation with a skin specialist in your area. He or she will help assess whether you would be a good candidate for any of these wrinkle-reduction procedures, and can keep you informed of news about PurTox and its availability in your area.

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