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While BOTOX continues to be the leading cosmetic procedure for both men and women, thousands of people are turning towards other injectable fillers to lose the wrinkles and freshen up their appearance.
The liquid facelift is becoming a popular alternative to face lift surgery, and involves a series of injectable fillers - Juvederm, Restylane, Artefill and Evolence - applied to key facial compartments.
Now, some doctors believe GFX treatments are valuable anti-wrinkle procedures, and are particularly effective in reducing frown lines.
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GFX (Glabella Furrow Relaxation) makes use of radio frequency energy to soften the skin, give the brows a lift, smooth out the skin and reduce the activity of the nerves causing frown lines and wrinkles.
The procedure costs approximately $2000 - $3000 per treatment according to Plasmetic.com, and results can last up to 18 months.
Dr. Jeffrey Adelgass, one of the first doctors to introduce GFX treatments at his surgery center in North Dallas, Texas suggests that:
"GFX patients might still receive periodic Botox® injections in other forehead areas (GFX is currently only FDA-approved for the glabella), sometimes keeping the glabella relaxed can, over time, soften wrinkles in other forehead areas, as well." (Source: Reuters.com)
The GFX system received FDA approval in March 2008, and is steadily gaining interest at medispas and cosmetic surgery centers across the country.
Is it time to say no to injectables in favor of high-energy waves instead? For now, GFX treatments may be a complement to BOTOX and other injectables, helping to deactivate key nerves in the forehead and slowly eliminating lines and wrinkles.
(Photos courtesy of PremierPlasticSurgery.com)