PurTox Trials Underway - The New Face of Botox?

Botox is one of the most coveted non-surgical cosmetic enhancements for men and women who want to get rid of wrinkles on the forehead and reduce the appearance of fine lines around the eyes.

However, recent reports of bad Botox procedures and a noticeable increase in 'bargain Botox' scams has many patients looking for alternative solutions to the popular wrinkle-fighting injectable.  Mentor Corporation has been working an alternative to Botox called PurTox for several years, and has recently completed the first set of clinical trials in its Phase III study.

PurTox is a purified form of Botox that promises to offers a similar outcome of the popular dermal filler - reducing wrinkles on the forehead, smoothing out the skin and even getting rid of laugh lines in the short-term.  PurTox is a branded form of Botox, and differentiates itself from the conventional Botox treatment based on how long the results last and how quickly it starts to work.

The recent trial involved 400 patients who received a single treatment with either PurTox or a placebo.  According to Cosmetic Surgery Times, "a very large percentage of subjects expressed a high degree of satisfaction with treatment outcome."

After the second and third sets of trials for Phase 3 are complete, Mentor Corporation will be able to file a Biologics License Application for FDA approval.  If approved, PurTox could be one of several dermal fillers to offer a safer, perhaps alternative option for wrinkle removal.

Further Reading

  • A new TV show in Australia called The Shire recently spotlighted plastic surgery and featured the stars of the show having now qualms about treatments. The show’s stars Sophie and Vernesa aren’t afraid to show off their fake breasts in revealing tops and dresses, and are both sporting the infamous lip-enhanced pouts. Vernesa admits that she’s been told not to have any more filler treatments in her lips to prevent her lips from touching her nose. She undergoes Botox for the first time on camera.

  • Kim Kardashian continues to shoulder rumors about having plastic surgery, and some people report that the star has had multiple procedures including liposuction, breast augmentation, and Botox. Kim has admitted to having Botox, as well as VelaShape treatments designed to treat cellulite and smooth out the skin. She reportedly undergoes laser facial treatments to maintain her smooth skin and ward off the effects of aging. But has she really gone under the knife for more extensive procedures?

  • With only about a month of summer left, you may be considering going under the knife to maintain that bikini body or be in better shape for next season.  While demand for plastic surgery runs high during the winter months so that patients have time to heal before summer, there is still a significant demand for certain procedures over the warm weather months. According to the results of a recent report by RealSelf.com, patients are still flocking to the plastic surgeon’s office to look “red-carpet ready” or undergo a mini-makeover.