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Acetyl Hexapeptide 3: the new Botox Lite?

Almost two million aging baby boomers underwent the sometimes painful procedure of getting Botox[R] injections last year at a cost of $400 to $800 per procedure. For results that last about four months for most, it's an expensive way to erase crow's feet and frown lines. For the boomer addicted to a smooth-as-ice forehead, that's a steep $1,200 or more each year.

Lately though, a slew of new products have entered the market claiming to either achieve Botox-like results or prolong the injections' effects. Most use the amino-peptide ingredient of the moment, Acetyl Hexapeptide 3. While Botox paralyzes facial muscles completely by stopping nerve signals that tell muscles to contract, AH-3 merely interferes with the signals. The result--less intense facial muscle contractions and a smoother, younger look.

Doctors are just beginning to recognize Acetyl Hexapeptide 3 as a Botox alternative for their patients who won't undergo needle injections and can't afford to shell out $400 to $600 every four months.

Acetyl Hexapeptide 3 can't replicate the results of a syringe full of Botox, but it can help to prolong the results by continuing to interfere with nerve signals that are awakening from their induced paralysis. Products such as Creme de Vie, Serutox, DDF's Wrinkle Release and Cellular Skin Rx's Relax-A-Line are all competing for the new Botox Lite crown. And a chance to smooth every one of the aging baby boomers' foreheads.

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Publication:Canadian Chemical News
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Geographic Code:1CANA
Date:Jul 1, 2004
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