Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Wrinkle Treatment: Botox vs Restylane

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We hate our wrinkles and some of us will try anything to get rid of them! Creams, peels, lasers, injectables even surgery. Lots of my clients are interested in injectables because you get a good result quickly. Since I work in the skin care business, the big question I always get asked  is, "what is the difference between Botox and Restylane?". Both treat wrinkles but in different ways. They both need to be done by a doctor and both are a bit pricey. The doctor can be any type of doctor, even a dentist will do. Here they are in a nut shell.

Botox Cosmetic
Botox Cosmetic is Botulinum Toxin type A. Yes, it is a toxin and yes, Botox is made from the same bacteria that causes the food poisoning called Botulism. The bacteria is Clostridium botulinum. A little scary, right? They say it is safe to use because Botox Cosmetic contains only tiny amounts of purified botulinum toxin protein. Okay, purified toxin? Well, I have had lots of clients get it done and they are just fine.

It is injected into the muscle to temporarily block or paralyze nerve impulses that move the muscle. The muscle won't move so it won't cause lines due to expression. Those expression lines that you have, such as lines between the eyebrows, soften due to the lack of movement. It is mainly used on the upper half of the face where wrinkles are caused by muscle movements, you know, those frown lines, forehead wrinkles and crows feet. I have seen the skin on the forehead's of some clients become amazingly smooth...till it wears off!

There can be temporary swelling and bruising from the injections. It lasts about 4 months but I've had clients have it last longer than that. I have heard that for some people, the muscles actually become used to not moving so even after the Botox has worn off, the people don't move the muscles and the skin stays smooth.

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There is another botulinum toxin type A injectable treatment available similar to Botox called Xeomin.

Read about Xeomin

Restylane is a hyaluronic acid filler. Hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in our bodies and keeps the skin nice and plump. Restylane is injected into lines, wrinkles and hollow areas to fill them in and plump the skin up. A filler does not stop muscle movement. It generally fills in wrinkles that are caused by gravity and loss of volume. 

Restylane is made of a non animal stabilized hyaluronic acid that derived from bacteria but there is no bacteria in the final product. Again we have bacteria! There is now a whole family of Restylane products: Restylane, Restylane L, Restylane Silk, Perlane and Perlane-L. Each product is designed to treat various wrinkles such as wrinkles around the mouth or deep wrinkles.

There can be temporary swelling and bruising from the injections. Restylane lasts about 6 months but I have had clients have it last much longer especially with repeated injections. 

read more about Restylane

Juvaderm is also a hyaluronic acid filler. It's a gel hyaluronic acid filler that is used to fill lines around the mouth: smile lines, marionette lines and vertical lines. It can last up to a year.

There are even more fillers. These include Juvederm Voluma, Sculpta Aesthetic and Radiesse. Each has it's own special purpose and benefit. A doctor can use both Botox and a filler in one session to treat wrinkles. The cost varies according to the area you live in and the experience of the doctor.

Creams and Massage
And me? I could use a bit of filling and plumping! But, I'll stick to my favorite Yonka anti aging skin care products and some good facial massaging for now.  The products may be a little expensive, but not as expensive and scary as getting injections!

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