Three new cosmetic injections are set to enter the cosmetic market.
Allergan has just announced that Voluma has received approval from the FDA. The Voluma is used for filling out hollowed areas around cheeks, cheekbones and chins. Voluma is a hyaluronic acid that occurs naturally in the skin, giving it volume. It has large molecules and suitable for lifting larger areas.
LIPO-102 is an injectable solution that promises to melt fat away. It requires no incisions or anaesthesia and is to be favoured as a non - surgical alternative to body sculpting.
Salmeterol Xinafoate, a chemical also found in asthma inhalers, is injected into fat deposits and is said to shrink fat cells. Results are seen within a few weeks. Pending FDA approval, it should be available within two to three years.
Iovera, which already has approval in Europe, freezes the nerves that produce wrinkles. It produces effects almost instantly and is said to look more natural that neurotoxin fillers. The results last up to three months depending on the depth of wrinkles. Some patients feel a dull headache during the injection. It is expected to be one the market by the end of 2014.