‘Pulse’ Technology — The New Botox?

Dr. Sacha Obaid, Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Serving Dallas, Plano, Southlake, and Nearby Fort Worth, Texas

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By Sacha Obaid

Move over, BOTOX®! There’s a new process for revitalizing skin: pulse technology!

This is a non-invasive technique that uses pulsed electric fields. It was created by Tel Aviv University and Harvard Medical researchers as an alternative to BOTOX and other invasive medical procedures for revitalizing skin tissue. The technique is designed to encourage collagen and capillaries in problem areas of the skin. Unlike this new pulse technique, BOTOX can carry heavy risks, since it does paralyze your muscles.

Current options available to rejuvenate skin include physical and chemical treatments that affect cells but can cause scarring. Pulse fields only affect the cell membrane itself while preserving extracellular matrix architecture and enabling several growth factors to help promote cell and tissue growth. These released factors help raise metabolism levels in cells, which generates new tissue. This technology may help patients with degenerative skin disease, which can affect 1 in 3 people over the age of 60.

This treatment can potentially introduce a new wave of medical skin technology. Researchers are currently developing low -cost ways of introducing this to clinical trials in order to ensure they are safe and efficient. You should contact your doctor if you are interested in learning about pulse technology.

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