Botox® injections have become the ‘go-to’ solution when it comes to getting rid of facial lines and wrinkles and improving one’s appearance. Younger looking skin is no longer unattainable, and just a few injections once in a while can help achieve this in no time. Botox® injections are also extremely affordable, and the effects can be seen almost immediately. Botox® has become one of the most common cosmetic procedures for getting rid of the telltale signs of aging like wrinkles, frown lines and crow’s feet etc. that stealthily appear on the face with each passing year. But, what are the Botox® alternatives, and are they as good?
Botox® refers to a trade name of the generic product botulinum toxin A. It is popular treatment, but these days’ alternative products and treatments are available as well. In this article, we shall take a look at some of the alternatives to Botox® that are available in the United States.
Xeomin, Dysport and Restylane
These also contain botulinum toxin, but is just marketed by other companies. They cannot really be considered an ‘alternative’ to Botox® as they contain the same components and produce the same effects. Either way, they are sometimes used instead of Botox® to help clear fine lines and wrinkles.
There are procedures other than Botox® injections that can produce similar effects. Below are certain procedural alternatives.
The principle behind the surgiwire procedure is simple. Lines and furrows are believed to be due to attachment of skin to deeper structures. Releasing these attachments through the surgiwire technique loosens up skin and gets rid of furrows and lines. Similarly, furrows can be produced by muscle groups below the skin. Releasing these muscles through surgical incision can help get rid of them, producing an effect that is similar to Botox®.
GFX Radiofrequency treatment
GFX is a radiofrequency treatment that targets the muscles responsible for the contraction of the glabella. It relaxes the muscles by stimulating the nerves and helps reduce lines and furrows in the forehead. The effects tend to last 1 to 2 years.
Dermal fillers such as Juvederm and hyaluronic acid are safe and effective alternatives to botox when getting rid of lines and wrinkles. They are simple to perform, and help smoothen out skin with just a few treatments. They are also useful in managing facial scars. The advantage they bear is that they are natural products that occur in the skin anyway, making the chances of developing any reactions to them slim.
Is there a suitable alternative?
It is questionable if there are any suitable alternatives to Botox®. A quick review of medical forums reveals that most practicing professionals do not believe that anything can come close to the effects that Botox® brings following treatments. Creams and moisturizers claim to provide these benefits, but not many believe that they come close to the effects Botox® has on wrinkles and lines. Patient’s opinions may vary of course, but it appears that in those patients who do not wish to have Botox®, there are alternatives that can bring similar effects to the skin.
Botox is a trademark of Allergan Inc.; Dysport is a trademark of Galderma; Xeomin is a trademark of Merz Aesthetics