Restylane, an Alternative to Botox
We are going to talk about 2 serums and where they have come from, plus how they are used and why. Then we will reveal two wrinkle reduction substances that are most commonly used today instead of Botox.
People have been searching for a cure for wrinkles for centuries.....long before the FDA approved using Botox between the eyes for wrinkle reduction in 2002. They are still searching. Botox wasn't the finish line in the race of the human race to stay looking young long past the time that they are young.
Serums have been developed that contain plant extract and animal oil for the purpose of, if not replacing Botox injections, at least prolonging the effects of those injections. Two of the most popular of these serums are Emu oil and tea extractions.
There are two other injectable wrinkle reduction substances that are in use today:
The first is Collagen. The body has collagen naturally but we lose it as we age. Doctors use a series of collagen injections to raise the area being treated and smooth wrinkles and creases. The injections are done using a very fine needle. A local anesthetic is usually mixed with the collagen but it is rare for a patient to require additional pain medication.
People who are allergic to beef or beef products should not receive collagen injections because of a possible allergic reaction. The results of collagen injections usually last about six months. The area must then be retreated.
The other is Restylane. This is the newest wrinkle filler on the market. Although it is derived from hyaluronic acid, as is collagen, it is not animal based so there is rarely an allergic concern.
Restylane can be used in ways that neither Botox nor collagen can be used. As well as being used to fill in wrinkles and creases in the face, Restylane can be used to augment the chin, cheekbones, the bridge of the nose and to fill out other parts of the body. Restylane can last up to a year.
Restylane, before and after, nose to mouth treatment
If you have questions about any of our non-surgical procedures or other cosmetic surgery procedures, contact our office to schedule an initial consultation. Dr. Crutchfield will discuss with you about the results you would like to see and prescribe the treatment that is best suited for the results you want.
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