Alternatives to Botox, wrinkle reducing treatments that work
Botox is a kind of injectable that will reduce the wrinkles on your face, restoring your skin to its youth.
Before we start on the alternatives, let us introduce you Botox, and how does it reduce wrinkles.
Botulinum toxin type A, which is normally called as Botox, is made from a toxin that comes from the Clostridium botulinum bacteria. This toxin blocks the nerve from transmitting impulses to them brain. In short, the muscle is paralyzed and it does not contract as usual. As a result, wrinkles had been smoothen out. The effects are temporary and may wear off between 2 to 4 months.
The treatment can be considered rather expensive, depending on the areas you are treating and the clinic you are visiting too. Given that the effects are temporary and it can be costly, here’s some alternatives that you can consider to maintain your youthful skin.
Botox is only one of the neurotoxins and there are at least 3 other types of injectables that you can consider. They are Dysport, Xeomin and Jeuveau. In general, they work using the same concept of Botox, with slightly different dosing technique and structure. While these alternatives can be consider cheaper than Botox, each of them comes with their own advantages and disadvantages too. Be sure that you consult your dermatologist before you proceed with injectables.
There are studies that show that acupuncture is effective in reducing wrinkles. It is a rather new procedure and much study can be conducted to understand how exactly it reduces wrinkles. It is said that by inserting the needles at the acupoints, it will increase the muscle tone, giving you a smoother complexion.
Supplement is essential for improving our skin complexion. There are some key nutrition supplements that will help you improve collagen production, and the main one would be vitamin C.
Apply facial creams
There are several facial creams in the market that promotes anti-aging of the skin. They are mainly increasing collagen production and the metabolism in the facial skin.
Chemical peels involves applying Alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) to the skin to peel off the top outer layer of the skin, exposing the new smoother skin beneath it. However, this method requires some recovery time, ranging from 24 hours to 2 to 3 weeks. However, the results are clear as soon as the treatment is done.
Frownies, as known as face patch, are sticky patches that you place on areas that are prone to wrinkles. These face patches will temporary “freeze” the muscle movement on the area that it is placed on. Basically, it works using the same concept of Botox, however, a far more natural way.
There are more and more new treatments that are being introduced as an alternative to Botox. Some of these methods are a more natural way to keep our skin youthful, and it is worth considering.