New pill promises to make Botox last longer
LONDON, Sept 10 — A new pill promises to make the wrinkle-smoothing effects of Botox treatments last 30 per cent longer. In addition, the Zytaze pills could help the pricey injections take effect faster.
The Botox business is booming — but while consumers love the wrinkle-free look, the pricey injections typically last only three months and can take as long as a week to fully take effect.
According to The Daily Mail in the UK, the “new pill appears to be little more than a vitamin supplement which contains a high dose of zinc combined with an enzyme called phytase which helps the body absorb zinc.”
In a clinical trial of Zytaze, manufactured by Eden Aesthetics in the US, 92 per cent of patients reported that the pill prolonged the effects of their Botox treatments as well as helped the drug take effect more quickly. That study is reportedly published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology.
A pack of ten pills is priced between US$60 (RM186) to US$80, according to the Zytaze website, a price “significantly more than the price of a standard zinc supplement,” adds The Daily Mail. But Eden Aesthetics say that its drug is specially formulated to work with Botox injections, and “taking a poorly absorbed form of zinc can compete with absorption with better zinc available through foods, which can be worse than taking no zinc at all.” — AFP/Relaxnews