BOTOX cosmetic is a very popular wrinkle treatment that works by stopping the nerve impulses that make muscles contract, thereby relaxing the muscles that cause winkles such as frown lines. The injections take several days to take effect, and they wear off in about three to five months. Repeat treatments tend to have longer lasting results, but are still temporary.
New technology is under development which would use radiofrequencies to locate and destroy the specific nerves which cause the unwanted muscle contractions, with potentially long-lasting or even permanent, results. The procedure would require local anesthesia. Even if the treatment does replace BOTOX for wrinkle treatment, don’t expect to see BOTOX go away anytime soon. Other medical uses for the cosmetic injections are on the horizon.