From reversing wrinkles to alleviating foot pain, there’s a whole range of face and body benefits that neuromodulators (Botox, Dysport and Xeomin) offer. But, no matter which area you treat, one thing is certain: When administered by the wrong hands, very, very bad results can ensue.
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Now, according to the DailyMail, that whole delivery system may be getting a bit of a makeover—and hands are being taken out of the equation.
Enter Juvapen, a Swiss-made technology that is claiming to “improve botulinum toxin injections.” The device doesn’t look that complicated (it’s a small, rectangular-shaped cartridge that connects to your typical syringe and then allows the administrator to select the desired dose), but, as The Mail is reporting, it removes the whole “injecting by hand” component—as your doctor presses a lever and then the neuromodulator is controlled through a motorized flow (an advantage that the company says, among other things, results in less pain).
“I do not think this is a good idea,” Montclair, NJ, dermatologist Jeanine Downie, MD, says. “A needle is targeted and exact into the muscle and I just don’t like the way they are saying the drug is delivered. This makes me nervous—and I would not use this method myself. I have injected Botox since 1994 and I’m very comfortable with how I feel about this.”