There is more than one type of wrinkle treatment on the market, so which one should you go for? The two main dermal injectables that you are likely to have heard of are BOTOX and Restylane, but although they both combat the signs of ageing, they have little else in common, says Sheridan, who offers beauty treatments in Harley St, London. They function in completely different ways and there are different reasons why you would choose to use one over the other. While BOTOX works by paralyzing the muscles in the face to decrease wrinkling, Restylane operates by smoothing creases in the skin and filling in the fine lines.
What Are the Advantages Of BOTOX?
There aren’t many people who haven’t heard of BOTOX. It is one of the most popular wrinkle treatments in the world and is becoming more common year after year. So, what exactly is BOTOX? Derived from a toxic substance called clostridium botulinum, this protein is injected into the facial muscles, weakening them and reducing wrinkles. Within as short a space of time as a week, fine lines can completely vanish, making it the perfect solution for those who suffer from crow’s feet, laughter lines and forehead wrinkling. There is another benefit too. For those who suffer from excessive sweating (known as hyperhidrosis), BOTOX injections in the armpits can cure the problem and reduce suffering.
What Types of Dermal Fillers Are There?
There are a few different types of dermal filler that are made from a range of substances, however they tend to produce the same effect, namely plumping up of the lips and filling in of the lines on the face. Restylane, along with Juvéderm and Perlane, is one of the most popular dermal fillers and is made from a synthetic copy of a substance usually found in healthy skin, hyaluronic acid. Fillers made using this clear gel are safer than those using collagen as they use a substance found in the human body. Collagen is sometimes derived from cows and is therefore more likely to cause allergic reactions. There are, however, several human derived collagen fillers now on the market, including CosmoPlast (TM) and CosmoDerm (TM). Restylane injections work well on more severe wrinkles and can be used on the lips, unlike BOTOX, because it does not paralyze the muscles. Although the injections can cause puffiness in the face, wrinkles will be filled in rather than decreased like in BOTOX treatments. Radiesse is another effective dermal filler which can produce very long-lasting results of up to 5 years. Because it is made from substances naturally produced in human bones, calcium and phosphate ions, it is very safe, although currently physicians are suggesting that patients try using Restylane as a first option before attempting Radiesse as it is a long-term commitment.