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Posted: June 20, 2008

Nanobullets - the new botox?

(Nanowerk News) Our Slow News Friday story for this week is about skin-deep beauty. We acme across a press release by a company called Sigmacon that manufactures products for cosmetic surgery, among other things. Now they have come up with something called Airgent™ by PerfAction™ that promises to be a
"...revolutionary technology designed to restore and rejuvenate the skin's volume – giving it a fresh, revitalized complexion. Airgent™ is a new, clinically-proven modality delivering both immediate and long-term Skin Remodelling.
Airgent™ features a safe, minimally-invasive platform for enhancing your natural looks and pushing back the signs of aging. This novel approach for Dermal Remodelling redefines the world of skin-rejuvenation with a non-laser, non-flaking at a single-day downtime solution.
The Airgent™ offers a solution for all ages and all skin types. The system is designed to easily treat even the most delicate areas such as face, hands and neck, restore the skin’s volume and improve its texture.
The Airgent™ offers a new approach for reaching the dermis and creating an internal response without damaging or exfoliating the skin.
How does it work?
A powerful pneumatic jet delivers high-molecular mass Hyaluronic Acid particles, into the dermis via tiny entry points (diameter of less than 0.2 mm). These particles, acting as “nano-bullets”, are accelerated, penetrating the skin and laterally spreading within the dermis layer. As the particles pass through the dermis, they collide and traumatize the dermal cells, triggering a natural and highly efficient wound-healing process.
hyaluronic nano-bullets
SMS™ jet - Pneumatically accelerated jet penetrates the epidermis via a very small entry point. Once reaching the dermis layer, the jet immediately spreads laterally in all directions Since the jet contains heavy HA molecules, these particles are directed also sideways (patent pending technology), to create an accurate and effective lateral dispersion. (Image: PerfAction website)
Skin renewal then commences as new collagen fibers form and improve the skin’s texture for many years to come. Immediate aesthetic improvements are visible only hours after the treatment, as the Hyaluronic Acid takes effect."
In case you have wondered, hyaluronic acid (also called Hyaluronan) is a component of connective tissue whose function is to cushion and lubricate and it occurs throughout the body in abundant amounts. It is a common ingredient in skin care products. In 2003 the FDA approved hyaluronan injections for filling soft tissue defects such as facial wrinkles. Restylane is a common trade name for the product. Hyaluronan injections temporarily smooth wrinkles by adding volume under the skin, with effects typically lasting for six months.
But now the 'nano-bullets' apparently make this a long-term solution... Happy shooting. Oh, apparently the system is not approved for sale in the U.S.
Source: PerfAction Ltd.