I just love being offered at-home wrinkle removing gadgets to try! The excitement and anticipation of great things feels like christmas and the new ideas and uses of technology is really interesting. I always think “Oh boy, this is going to be the ONE and I’m lucky enough to be one of the first to try it and spread the word”! This time, it’s the WrinkleMD Brow Hyaluronic Acid Infusion System from University Medical.
I was sent both the Brow and the Eye systems to try, but this review is only on the Brow system. I was testing out another device that treats wrinkles around the eyes so I have to wait to try the Eye system. WrinkleMD is a hands-free patch that attaches to a battery operated microprocessor that uses Ion Infusion technology to transport hyaluronic acid and peptides into the skin. I thought that was a really exciting concept since most injectable fillers are made of hyaluronic acid so this could work like surface level filler!
The company’s marketing materials state that their clinical results are:
- 15X greater reduction in the appearance of wrinkles than th eliding anti-wrinkle serum
- 95% of participants experienced immediate results – smoother, softer, plumper-looking skin with a significant reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- 800% more anti-aging peptides delivered than manual application alone
- 100% painless
The starter kit retails for $199 and contains 5 patches, the activator pod and connector, and the WrinkleMD Youth Serum. I also received the WrinkleMD Infusion Skin Prep which is a basic witch hazel toner and retails for $25. The starter kit contains enough patches for 5 treatments, but they recommend using 2 patches the first week, so the kit will last 1 month of weekly treatments.
The treatments are supposed to be done once a week for 30 minutes each session. Each treatment consists of washing the face, using the toner to make sure the skin is free of any dirt and oils, adhering the patch and the activator pod, waiting 30 minutes, and then following with the WrinkleMD Youth Serum. The pod is self timing and there’s a flashing green light that stops flashing when the treatment is finished. It doesn’t vibrate of make a noise so sometimes I didn’t know it had stopped so I started setting my phone timer to alert me.
While the patch was working I got a prickly feeling in the area covered that I’d best describe as “pins and needles”. It wasn’t painful, but was definitely an odd sensation that was more than a “gentle tingle”. But it made me feel like something was going on under there! After I removed the patch my skin was slightly red from the adhesive. I used the Youth Serum immediately after and it was a lovely serum that soothed my skin. It has great ingredients like oat kernel extract, squalane, peptides, ceramides, and hyaluronic acid. It also has a scent which I didn’t love, and on it’s own the serum sells for $79.
Each patch can only be used once so there are refills that retail for $149 and contain 8 more patches (or a 2 months supply). The activator pod has a 2 year warranty. So if it works great and you want to use it weekly on an ongoing basis, it’ll run about $1,000 a year.
Ok, well I think that’s all the background info, now onto my test and results! As always I have to give my disclaimer which is that my testing is done at home and not in a clinical setting. I take before and after pictures trying to keep the lighting, angle, and amount of expression the same. Another factor with the Brow product is that I get Botox in my central forehead and between my eyebrows (11’s). I got 30 units of botox on January 15th and I received the WrinkleMD product on February 13th and used the system for the next 4 weeks. Unfortunately I couldn’t go back in time and un-do the botox, but when I used the product the botox was in full effect and I really don’t think it made any difference in the results.
Looking at the pictures, I really don’t see much of an improvement, and I didn’t see any difference in the mirror during the month I was using it either. I was hoping all those fine wavy lines would be “significantly reduced” and that my pores would be diminished, but sadly, they’re not.
Needless to say, I’m greatly disappointed. Especially since it’s just about the same cost per year as getting Botox… and botox REALLY works!
I do still have the Eye System to use and now that I’m finished with the previous product, I’ll give those a try, but based on this I’m not really expecting any miracles.