According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Botox is the number one cosmetic treatment option for lines and wrinkles. Over 4 million procedures are performed every year by doctors like Dr. Matthew Shawl New York. However, medical or physical issues can lead to Botox treatment hesitancy and, thus, the preference for other therapies equally effective in reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Every Botox alternative has its advantages and disadvantages.
Consequently, below are popular Botox injection alternatives you can try.
- Fractional carbon dioxide Laser
Skin specialists are increasingly adopting this treatment to reduce skin appearance and facial issues such as pronounced wrinkles, dark spots, sagging skin, scars, and acne. The procedure is not invasive and involves the application of carbon dioxide to reduce wrinkles and remove the exterior layers of your damaged skin.
The procedure uses the term “ fractional” because it treats a part of the affected skin. In the area of the skin treated using fractional carbon dioxide laser, there are tissues left not treated to encourage faster healing and recovery and reduce the risk of side effects.
When undergoing fractional carbon dioxide laser therapy, expect treatment to last a few months, depending on the health of your skin, age, and type of skin.
The treatment is relatively more expensive compared to Botox. A session of treatment costs more than $1,000.
It is one of the recently approved treatments by the FDA for reducing facial wrinkles. The expectation is that when the therapy becomes available in dermatologists’ offices in a few months, it will offer stiffer competition to Botox.
Although Daxxify is in the same class as Botox, a neuromodulator, the early signs are that it is more effective in deterring the occurrence of wrinkles. If you use the therapy, even after four months, you will have minor or no visible wrinkles on the face. And after six months, there is a high chance of still not having wrinkles.
Since Daxxify has a better lasting effect, that translates to fewer visits to the dermatologist’s office.
- Injectable fillers
It is possible for the lifting and raising of your brow to happen using any of the popular neuromodulators like Botox and fractional carbon dioxide laser. However, you may not want your doctor to use a neuromodulator adjacent to your eyes due to problems with your anatomy.
For that reason, the introduction of injectable fillers into your brow ridge or bone is excellent for supporting and enhancing its existing arch.
Moreover, injectable fillers can be added along your jawline to deliver a slimmer-looking jaw and an extended neck.
The treatment option is unsuitable if you are not a fan of injections.
The treatment is specifically for lifting and tightening your skin. Furthermore, you may benefit from a reduction in wrinkles. The treatment is effective as it can reach areas such as your jawline, brow, neck, and chin.
Although its effect can last a year, the treatment costs more than $2,000.
If you are okay with the effective Botox treatment, there is no need to explore its alternatives, which can be even more expensive.
Contact Matthew W. Shawl, MD, today if you need an experienced Botox specialist.