A lot of people compare BOTOX to Restylane, but this is really a big mistake. Comparing BOTOX and Restylane is just like comparing apples to oranges. Apples and oranges are edible fruits and that’s just about where the similarities end. Likewise Restylane and BOTOX Cosmetic are both dermal injectables that can help alleviate wrinkles, but that’s all they have in common. How they work and reasons why you would want to use one over the other are completely different. BOTOX Cosmetic immobilizes facial muscles and downsizes wrinkles, while Restylane fills in fine lines and smoothes out creases. Better comparisons might be between other dermal fillers like Restylane vs. CosmoPlast(TM) or Restylane vs. Radiesse®, as dermal fillers have far more similarities. A better way to think of it might be BOTOX Cosmetic vs. dermal fillers, in the end which one is really best at getting rid of wrinkles?
Botox Cosmetic Eliminates Wrinkles but can do so Much More
BOTOX is the fastest growing wrinkle treatment in the world. From toxic roots, BOTOX injections have become as commonplace as going to the dentist. To learn about whether or not BOTOX Cosmetic is for you, you should really little bit about BOTOX itself. BOTOX is a protein derived from the botulism toxin, Clostridium botulinum. Very scientific, but it doesn’t tell us much about it. BOTOX weakens the muscles that cause facial wrinkling, and these fine lines essentially become invisible in less than a week. BOTOX Cosmetic is great for laugh lines, crow’s feet, and forehead creases. What BOTOX can do that dermal fillers can’t is treat hyperhidrosis. Hyperhidrosis, for those of you not in the know, is excessive perspiration or, in other words, sweat. A shot of BOTOX in your under arms can make even the most hectic day cool, calm, and dry, and keep your new cute outfit looking just that. There’s no such thing as a cute stain.
Restylane vs. Juvederm vs. Collagen vs. Radiesse: the Dermal Fillers Duke it Out
Dermal fillers have a few different options as to what they’re composed of, but all dermal fillers mainly do the same things: fill fine lines, add facial curves, and plump lips. I use Restylane as an example because it’s really the hottest flavor of the month. Restylane, Juvederm, and Perlane are all clear gels made from a synthetic hyaluronic acid, a substance that naturally occurs in healthy skin. Since hyaluronic acid is found in the body, Restylane has less of chance of causing an allergic reaction unlike bovine derived Collagen (that’s cows, people). However, this is becoming less of an issue because of the development of human collagen based fillers like CosmoPlast(TM) and CosmoDerm(TM). The main difference between BOTOX and Restylane is that BOTOX downsizes wrinkles, while Restylane fills them in. Restylane injections might leave you a little puffy looking, but it could also be the best option for more extensive facial creasing. BOTOX, also, cannot be used on lips like Restylane because of the simple fact that paralyzed lips can make things like talking and not drooling a big issue! Another dermal filler is Radiesse, which contains calcium and phosphate ions, also, naturally found in body, this time in our bones. Radiesse has the added benefit of lasting up to 5 years! Most physicians recommend trying Restylane treatments first before making the big commitment to Radiesse.
The choice between BOTOX and Restylane is about matching the product to your needs and not just going with the latest trend. The great thing is that dermal injectables are inexpensive enough to shop around. So, try them out for yourself and see which dermal filler you truly like the best. In the end, they all create smoother skin, and that’s hard to go wrong with. Popular websites like SignaureForum or Healthy Skin Portal can direct you to information on whichever dermal filler you choose.
Mia Hepburn is a former health care liaison and writes the Cosmetic Blog at SignatureForum.com