How Does It Compare to Injected Botox?
The new option, if approved, is expected to appeal to patients wary of injections, says Marcel Daniels, MD, a plastic surgeon in Long Beach, Calif., who reviewed the study results for WebMD. He was not involved in the study.
"There is a fair amount of the American public who is needle-phobic," he tells WebMD.
However, he awaits a head-to-head comparison of the injected toxin products and the gel form, to see if the results are comparable.
That head-to-head comparison will be crucial, says Daniels. "I think what this very preliminary study shows is, there seems to be some benefit to it," he says of the new gel.
The studies reported by Kane only looked at crow's feet, Daniels says. Crow's feet skin is very thin, he says. So it is not clear whether the gel would work as well in other areas, such as on frown lines on the thicker skin between the brows. That is a popular site for injectables, Daniels says.
Prospective patients will also want to know if it costs about the same as the injectables, he says.
He cautions, too, that the product, if approved, should only be applied by health care professionals who have a working knowledge of anatomy, so they can apply it in precisely the right area.