Is there a serum that might mimic Botox?

Dear Dr. Irwin, I thought i read they where working on a serum in the near future to apply to your face for botox instead of a injectting that true and possible? Hoping :)

It’s an interesting technical challenge because serums and creams only penetrate so far (not far) into the skin.   A serum or cream would need to traverse the skin, subcutaneous fat and the fibrous layer on top of the muscle to get into where it needs to be —- the center of the muscle!   Also, how do you insure safety??  What if someone accidently rubs it into their eye?  You can see the difficulty.  It may be a ways off still.  Dr. I

Dr. Brandith Irwin, MD

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