What Is Better Than Botox for Facial Wrinkles?

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Facial wrinkles are seen by many as a inevitable part of the aging process. However, as MedicalNewsToday notes, many lifestyle factors are responsible for people developing wrinkles prematurely and more severely than their genetics would otherwise dictate. Smoking and excessive UV exposure--sunbathing--are the prime culprits.

Botox is one of the first things people think of when considering wrinkle reduction. However, botox is not suitable for all wrinkles and not the best option for others.


According to MayoClinic.com, botox is a toxin which comes from the same bacteria which causes botulism, a life-threatening condition. Botox Cosmetic is the strain of the toxin which is used for the treatment of wrinkles. When a wrinkle develops it is often because the muscle has become tight and malformed due to repeated facial expressions. Botox relaxes these muscles and puts them in a state of paralysis, smoothing out the skin in the wrinkles.


Although effective, the results of botox will begin to fade after three to six months. MayoClinic.com notes that the Food and Drug Administration--FDA--have only approved botox for frown lines between the eyes, although doctors do use it on other areas too, and this is not illegal. It is generally not suitable for the wrinkles around the mouth due to its paralysis effects, which can make eating and talking quite difficult.


According to American Academy Of Dermatology, Soft tissue fillers offer an injection alternative for nose to mouth wrinkles, called naso-labial wrinkles. A filler syringe contains either a collagen, fat or hyaluronic acid based solution. The filler is injected into the wrinkles crevice where it will then inflate the skin until it is fully in alignment with the rest of the skin. The life expectancy of filler results also months rather than years, but generally a little longer than botox.

Other Alternatives

Dr Alexander Rivkin of Westside Aesthetics recommends laser resurfacing treatments as being the ideal solution for wrinkles that form under the eyes, not botox. Laser resurfacing involves burning away the outer layers of skin, called the epidermis. This reduces the appearance of superficial wrinkles and encourages collagen production in the skin to produce new cells. He recommends it due to the treatment being ideal for the delicate under eye area.


Schedule an appointment with a dermatologist so that you can discuss all of the options available to you. Due to FDA approval, botox can be considered the best option for frown wrinkles between the eyes and, according to Dr Alexander Rivkin of Westside Aesthetics, also the best option for crow's feet. Other treatments are seen to be effective for different areas of the face. Depending on your personal circumstance, a combination of treatments may produce optimum results.