Botox That Lasts + New Ways to Tighten Skin
Good news for everyone sick of scrutinizing their exhausted appearances on Zoom—one of the biggest releases of the year, DAXI, is a neuromodulator that boasts a longer lifespan (six-to-eight months) than those currently on the market. “With DAXI you’ll only have to come in twice a year rather than three or four times a year,” says Dr. Bruce Katz, a board-certified dermatologist and founder of Juva Skin and Laser Center in New York. DAXI’s arrival to your derm’s office is imminent—it’s currently awaiting final FDA approval, which is expected to come at the end of 2021 or early 2022.
Wrinkle smoothers are all well and good, but the biggest news is 2022 has to do with skin tightening. "Ellacor is a new device category—fractional micro-coring," says Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank, celebrity cosmetic dermatologist and founder of PFRANKMD. "Rapidly automated fine needles are literally extracting little cores of skin away from the area of treatment. These tiny holes close up very quickly and can help improve wrinkles and skin tightening without having to do actual face lifting." Dr. Katz notes that micro-coring can be more effective than the laser and radiofrequency tightening devices currently on the market because "as the skin heals, it tightens because there is less tissue there." While radiofrequency stimulates collagen to in turn tighten the skin over time over multiple treatments, micro-coring is done with just one treatment and it’s long lasting.