GFX: Wrinkle-Killer or Botox Hit-Man?

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Tired of frequent Botox® injection visits? GFX might be the long-term wrinkle solution for you.

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Newly-FDA approved GFX (Glabella Furrow Relaxation) recently arrived in North Texas and is already making waves--radiofrequency waves, to be exact--in select aesthetic centers and cosmetic surgery offices. GFX is a unique technological advancement in facial rejuvenation that offers long-term relaxation of overactive 'frown' muscles; a proposition likely to thrill many long-time Botox users, but one that targets the Botox® empire for a kill-shot where it would hurt the most… right between the eyebrows.

Botox® muscle-relaxing injection results typically last from 3 to 4 months on average, while the results of one in-office GFX (sometimes called 'No-tox') treatment averages 18 months or longer. According to Jeffrey Adelglass, M.D., F.A.C.S., a popular North Dallas area cosmetic surgeon who has had plenty of experience working with a variety of cosmetic injectables, treatment of the glabella area alone constitutes approximately 65%--the lion's share--of his Botox injections. While his GFX patients might still receive periodic Botox® injections in other forehead areas (GFX is currently only FDA-approved for the glabella), sometimes keeping the glabella relaxed can, over time, soften wrinkles in other forehead areas, as well. An observed effect of the treatment has been that eyebrows gradually tend to become more elevated and horizontal forehead lines reduced, potentially eliminating the need for elective surgery or neurotoxin injections entirely for some aesthetic patients.

How does GFX work? This minimally-invasive, in-office procedure utilizes a specified dose of radiofrequency (RF) thermal energy, delivered through an insulated bipolar needle inserted near the eyebrows, on either side of the forehead. First, the doctor delivers a stimulating pulse through the needle to identify the appropriate motor nerve. Once the target is properly isolated, a radiofrequency burst reduces the nerve's functioning ability. The entire GFX procedure takes about half an hour; results are immediate.

Dr. Adelglass is the Medical Director and Chief of Surgery for SKINTASTIC Medical and Surgical Rejuvenation Center--a medical spa located in the North Dallas/Plano area. Dr. Adelglass was the first doctor to introduce GFX technology in North Texas. He performs the GFX treatment using IV (intravenous) sedation, a pain management method with a superior safety record, which virtually eliminates any treatment discomfort. Dr. Adelglass cautions, however, that GFX should only be administered by a physician who is extremely familiar with the inner-workings of the musculoskeletal and nerve branch anatomy and other facial structures. Because GFX results will be long-term or potentially permanent, selecting a qualified physician to administer the treatment is important.

Advanced Cosmetic Intervention, Inc. (ACI), the developers of GFX originally applied radiofrequency neuroablation technology in lifesaving cardiology treatments, later adapting it to its current aesthetic application.

The SKINTASTICâ„¢ center in Plano, Texas (http://www.skintastic.com) focuses on providing the newest, most effective medical technologies and non- to minimally-invasive cosmetic treatments, including chemical peels, dermal fillers (temporary to permanent), laser body sculpting, radiofrequency (RF) thermal skin tightening, permanent fat reduction, improvement of cellulite, comprehensive nutrition, and various quick-recovery surgical options. SKINTASTICâ„¢ is currently providing complimentary evaluations for those seeking information about the GFX, along with a variety of other skin resurfacing and aesthetic options that can prescribed alone, or in combination, for maximum cosmetic correction requiring minimal social downtime and recovery.

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