Relaxed Expressions is one of the newest, minimally invasive, non-toxic tools in our ongoing quest to find the most effective methods for treating facial wrinkles, and reversing the signs of aging.
I recently became one of only 30 physicians in the U.S. involved as part of a physician advisory council to help with the development of best practices in the use of Bioform Medical’s Relaxed Expressions (also known as REX, GFX, or No-Tox) system. Perhaps the best way to think of REX is as a high-tech alternative to Botox.
Instead of using a low dose of Botulinum Toxin like Botox, Relaxed Expressions targets the muscles that cause frown lines and wrinkles in our foreheads with Radio Frequency (RF) energy. These RF energy waves minimize the muscle’s ability to make you frown, thus removing the wrinkles in the target area.
While Botox is still a great treatment, Relaxed Expressions overcomes two of Botox’s shortcomings; it may last for as long as 18 – 24 months (as opposed to 3 – 6 for Botox), and is completely non-toxic. At the same time, REX shares some of the same strengths as Botox; it’s minimally invasive, takes around 30 minutes, and works immediately. The recovery time varies.
Relaxed Expressions is still undergoing evaluation, and I’m proud to be one of the physicians selected for this process. So far, the outcomes I’ve had using this procedure have been great. The majority of the patients have been impressed; however, temporary bruising and swelling may occur.
While the technology used in Relaxed Expressions is approved for use to treat medical conditions such as cardiac arrhythmia, it is not yet approved for cosmetic use. REX shows great promise in this area, but it still needs to show good, consistent, safe results. I’ll keep you up to date on the progress of this promising new wrinkle treatment option.