Botox is probably the most well-known and most common wrinkle erasing injectable in the beauty and anti-ageing industry. How wouldn’t it be? The results of this neurotoxin erasing wrinkles are proven and have existed for decades, only to be more popularised recently. So many people, celebs and non-celebs alike, swear by Botox and are happy to report that they have Botox to thank for their youthful looks! But sometimes, Botox is not the right treatment for you. Maybe you’re against using a neurotoxin in your beauty regime. Perhaps you want to give your muscles a break. Or you might be too scared to go down the injectables path! Whatever the reason, know that not everything is lost. There are some alternatives to Botox when it comes to removing wrinkles. Find out about them here, and of course, give us a ring to schedule your treatment if interested!
Many women (and men!) report that Botox works like a charm in erasing wrinkles. If you’re still unsure, do read about the treatment on our blog, as we try to cover many aspects of this anti-ageing treatment. A reminder, for all of you who are new to the treatment: Botox is an injectable toxin that temporarily paralyzes facial muscles, leading to smoothing out of the skin covering them. This leads to smoothing out wrinkles in the forehead and around the eyes. The results last several months, and then the injected muscles slowly start contracting again. However, like every medicine, Botox may not suitable for everyone. Here’s what we, as people who inject Botox for a living, recommend when it comes to Botox alternatives for all those who are hesitant to try Botox itself!
1. Other Injectables
We know, we know, you might hate the idea that our first recommended alternative to Botox is also an injectable, especially if you’re afraid of needles! But there’s a reason for that. Erasing wrinkles really works best with a neurotoxin, or a filler – depending on the type of wrinkle you want to get rid of. So what injectables can be alternatives to Botox?
Firstly, there are other brand names of the same substance Botox is made of – botulinum toxin. The difference doesn’t only lie in the name, but the structure and dosing technique, as well as inactive ingredients. This affects the time needed for achieving results, as well as effectiveness and how long the effects last. Several other neurotoxins can be found on the US market: Dysport, Myobloc, Xeomin, Jeuveau. Not every clinic offers every neurotoxin, but it’s best to talk to your doctor or injector and state your concerns so that they can decide on the best neurotoxin to work for your wrinkles!
2. Dermal Fillers
Dermal fillers and Botox are usually not interchangeable, as neurotoxins work on erasing dynamic wrinkles (wrinkles caused by moving muscles underneath the skin). Fillers fill in static wrinkles or those that appeared due to the loss in natural elasticity of the skin. But some people only know about the enhancing property of fillers and are not aware that fillers can also treat wrinkles. They can, and they do it very well! If you’re looking at treating wrinkles on your cheeks or chin, fillers can be a great solution. Talk it through with your injector to determine which one is best for you.
3. Face Patches
Ever heard of Frownies? Frownies, or face patches, are sticky patches that smooth out wrinkles. You place them on areas where you’re prone to wrinkles, and voila! They work similar like Botox, as the paper on the patches temporarily “freezes” the muscles, stopping them from moving. This is a painless method and, unlike injectable treatments, quite inexpensive. Since face patches are noninvasive, there will be no downtime either. The only con? Plastic surgeons claim, in a study that was conducted on the effectiveness of face patches, that there was no real difference in the skin. But tons of satisfied users are still proof that this is a method that lets you see fewer wrinkles in the mirror, so it’s obviously a great Botox alternative!
Many have heard about or even underwent acupuncture. This is no news, as this Eastern alternative medicine therapy has been around literally for centuries. But acupuncture for wrinkle erasing? Sounds promising! The insertion of tiny needles across the designated points of your face can improve the elasticity of the skin and its hydration, leading to a reduced appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Acupuncture is a natural and beloved treatment, so if you find a licensed acupuncturist who knows how to do facial treatments, why not give this method a try? The only con: tons of needles. If needles are what you hate about Botox, you probably won’t even consider acupuncture.
5. Chemical Peels
Ah, our favorite! Chemical peels are a relatively non-invasive treatment that can treat almost anything you want: acne, discoloration, hyperpigmentation, and signs of ageing. You want to be extra cautious, though, as chemical peels are extremely potent substances that should only be left to the professionals. Book a treatment in your favorite clinic and tell them what you want to target. Let the experts work their magic on you, allowing various acids safely and effectively unveil your perfect skin!
This facial is exactly what it reveals in the name – it delivers low-grade electrical current to your face with a special pair of devices. The reason for this seemingly brutal practice is a sort of “training” your facial muscles so they could be more lifted, firm, and tightened. Both muscles and skin across your face start sagging and going south with time. Microcurrent stimulates muscles and skin to return the wheel of time. Additionally, this treatment is also great as a lymphatic drainage massage, leading to a beautiful, less puffy face.
7. Facial Creams and Serums
Every other facial cream on the market claims to have wrinkle erasing power. For some, this is a marketing trick. It’s important to know what words to look for in the ingredient list so you can determine if the product is going to deliver the results it claims. Some of the top over the counter anti-ageing ingredients are retinoids, vitamin c, niacinamide and alpha hydroxyl acids. Retinoids are compounds that erase wrinkles but take time so have patience. Some of them are prescription because they’re so potent, and some can be bought over the counter. When looking for retinoids look for the words retinol, retinaldehyde and retinyl palmitate. Topical vitamin a will make your skin more sun sensitive so use them at night and don’t’ forget your sunscreen the next day!
Antioxidant creams that contain vitamin c can affect collagen production, so they can be quite useful, as well. Look for the word L-ascorbic acid on the ingredient list and keep them stored in a dark cool cabinet to protect their efficacy. Ask your medical provider or aesthetician for advice, as they will examine your skin and recommend the products that really work.
Health and beauty go hand in hand, and we are strong proponents of creating beautiful skin from inside out. What does that mean? When it comes to erasing wrinkles through the help of your diet, it means that you might ingest vitamins and foods that contain vitamins that will help your skin be beautiful as ever. Some nutritional supplements and foods that can improve collagen production and help prevent cellular damage are vitamin D3, Vitamin C commonly found in citrus, calcium commonly found in leafy greens and carotenoids found in orange vegetables such as carrots. It is important to look at the daily recommended doses of each, and in most cases don’t exceed it. Talk to your doctor about the dosage you should be getting, as well as the particular vitamins and minerals, so you reap the best of benefits!
9. Vivace Microneedle RF
Those who love trying out new treatments in their favorite beauty clinics already know about Vivace. Vivace is a treatment that combines microneedling with radiofrequency and LED light therapy. These three modalities together tighten the skin, reduce fine lines, blemishes and scars, lift and firm the skin and ultimately making it look and feel more youthful. In addition, Vivace induces production of new collagen and elastin, making it an excellent treatment for wrinkles and fine lines, as well as acne scars.
10. Face Saver Balls
Face Saver Balls are rubbery balls invented by the fitness trainer Yamuna. Moving the ball across face supposedly works on the bone to improve its health, consequently reducing sagging of the skin. Why not give it a try? Moving a rubber ball across your face is a relatively easy DIY treatment that’s painless and simple. It will definitely increase your circulation and work out muscles! Women as young as 20 can start using Face Saver Ball, as its magic is mostly preventative. It will work best with preventing possible problems as you age.
VTOX is a natural alternative to Botox designed by the celebrity facialist Linda Meredith, who wanted to offer her clients a wrinkle erasing treatment with no health risks and side effects. VTOX consists of natural neuropeptides and algae. These ingredients surround the muscle with proteins to block the skin from strong contractions. Unlike Botox, VTOX is not injected but absorbed by the skin. You can also use it at home, making it a suitable self-isolation method!
Freeze muscles… almost literally! Frotox is a 20-minute procedure also known as cryo facial. During the treatment, a device filled with liquid nitrogen will be placed beside the nerves that control facial muscles whose moving causes wrinkles. The nerves will be put into temporary hibernation, which relaxes the muscles, and similar to Botox leads to smoothing out the wrinkles! This treatment requires a deep pocket, but if you’re interested, look for a Frotox specialist in your neighborhood.
13. Surgical Procedures
The last resort for erasing wrinkles is, of course, involving the knife. Not many people would turn to surgeons after running away from Botox, but it’s our task to present you with all the alternatives! Some options involve surgically disabling the muscle that has caused the wrinkles to appear. This can be done by cutting into the muscle or removing it altogether. Other options are the famous facelift, eye lift, brow lift, and laser resurfacing. As always, talk them through with your doctor and surgeon and never proceed with anything you’re unsure about!