One of the most gratifying aspects of being in the cosmetics field as a plastic surgeon is that we constantly seek ways to produce improved results for women and men concerned about their appearances. It seems a new treatment or device is introduced every other month. We’re currently hearing about what could be the “next” BOTOX® Cosmetic. Patients from Schenectady to Troy come to our Albany, NY, practice with questions about other anti-wrinkle treatments.
The search for BOTOX alternatives includes topical creams that bill themselves as “BOTOX in a bottle,” face patches, and other neurotoxins (such as Dysport® and XEOMIN®) that use slightly different dosing techniques but produce similar results.
BOTOX injections, however, remain the most popular aesthetic treatment in the U.S., despite some of the myths that continue to persist about the treatment. They have a long-established track record for safety and effectiveness that can’t really be matched by newer products or other nonsurgical techniques. In this blog post, I’ll take a look at those alternatives and describe their potential benefits and why BOTOX virtually always remains the best choice for minimizing certain facial wrinkles.
Alternative Anti-Aging Treatments
Treatments such as acupuncture, for example, take a much different approach to reducing signs of aging than BOTOX. The results produced by these types of treatments can’t really be compared to BOTOX outcomes. BOTOX is a unique product that works on a cellular level deep within the skin and minimizes wrinkles by inhibiting the contraction of specific facial muscles.
Some other alternatives now available include:
Face patches: Called “Frownies,” face patches are silicone patches that adhere to areas of the face where “expression lines” develop. You wear them overnight and the idea is that you’ll see results in the morning. They tighten the skin when applied and can improve smile lines, crow’s feet or forehead wrinkles. The jury is still out on the effectiveness of face patches.
Vitamins: Did you know that vitamins can help your skin look more youthful? Vitamins contain key nutritional supplements that helps prevent damage from free radicals because they’re antioxidants. They may also help improve the production of new collagen, which is the essential material needed for smoother skin. Take vitamins C and E and carotenoids for the best boost.
Facial creams: If you’re just needle-phobic but looking for a product that can mimic the wrinkle-reducing effects of BOTOX, there are plenty of topical creams available. But be forewarned: Even those that help promote long-term production of collagen and elastin won’t provide the results you can get from BOTOX injections.
Chemical peels: At-home peels come in a variety of forms, ranging in strength and application methods. Even gentle peels that most people use at home can provide some benefits, thanks to the exfoliating effect they can have. Again, have realistic expectations about what an at-home peel can accomplish compared to BOTOX injections.
Our team at the Plastic Surgery Group can answer any questions you might have about BOTOX injections or other aesthetic treatments. Contact us using the online form to request a consultation or call us at our Albany office at (518) 438-0505 to schedule an appointment.