Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Wrinkle Injections - Are There Safe Botox Alternatives ?

Safe Botox Alternative

Botox is a nonsurgical cosmetic treatment used to help diminish wrinkle lines. Botox is a neurotoxin made up of a toxin that the bacteria Clostridium botulinum produces. When injected into the muscles of the face, the neurotoxin disables the acetylcholine receptors of the affected muscle, making it unable to contract. With the muscle relaxed beneath the skin's surface, helping relieve the look of wrinkles. For those not wanting to inject toxin into the body, there are several other safe alternatives to help treat wrinkles.


Fat injections are an alternative to Botox. During the procedure, donor fat is removed from another area of your body--usually the the thighs or abdomen--and injected beneath wrinkled areas of the skin. The addition of fat fills out the space beneath the wrinkles, making them even with the surrounding skin.

Collagen is also a common alternative to Botox injections. Collagen injections can be both cow (bovine) based (sold as ZyDerm or ZyPlast) or human based (sold as CosmoDerm or CosmoPlast). Like fat injections, collagen fills space below the wrinkles on the skin so that they become even with the surrounding skin tissue. Because of concerns regarding serious allergic reactions, those considering bovine-based injections will usually first undergo an allergy test before treatment. Human-based collagen injections do not need an allergy test.

Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid injections, sold under the brand names Dermalive, HylaForm, Juvaderm and Restylane, are another alternative to Botox. Hyaluronic acid is part of synovial fluid, that when injected underneath wrinkles has the ability to fill in the excess space left behind by collagen and elastin that has broken down.

Alpha Hydroxy Acids

Alpha hydroxy acid is another form of wrinkle treatment. Alpha hydroxy acids, such as lactic or glycolic acids, are commonly used as chemical peeling agents. When placed on wrinkled skin they accelerate the removal of dead skin cells from the body. This reveals the younger looking new skin cell growth below, which can reduce the prominence of wrinkles.

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