Best Botox Alternatives *pics*

  1. Best Botox Alternatives
    Lauren Sherman​
    By now you've heard the news: Nothing's better than Botox when it comes to temporarily reducing wrinkles. With a few quick injections of the substance, that deep line between the brows, those stubborn crows feet and even heavy laugh lines, can be entirely eliminated.

    It's so good that 4.1 million Botox procedures were performed last year, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. That's nearly an 8% increase from 2005.

    It's certainly got the vote of Dr. Greg Wiener, a Chicago-based surgeon who specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. He injects patients with Botox, a substance derived from botulinum toxin, an average of 10 times a week.

    "Botox works so well because it paralyzes the muscle," he says. "When you're doing other injectables, [like Restylane and collagen], they don't work that way. You're putting something beneath the wrinkle to flatten it out."

    But don't write off those fillers just yet.

    Such techniques, which work well at lip plumping and filling in smile lines, as well as many technologically advanced skin creams, have a place on your face, dermatologists say. Many even offer benefits Botox doesn't. Some fillers, for example, last longer than Botox while reducing deep wrinkles and crows feet.

    "The biggest fallacy is that there is really one magic ingredient," says New York City-based dermatologist Dr. Dennis Gross, whose MD Skincare range includes line softeners like hyaluronic acid, vitamin C and retinol.

    Bad-Talking Botox
    Though Botox has its fans, others take issue with that fact that it masks the problem, rather than improving it.

    Navin Geria, vice president of research and development for the Spa Dermaceutical Products Group, a New Jersey-based consumer product development company that specializes in custom development of anti-aging skincare and products for dermatologists and spa chains, says that a new range of anti-aging technology called cosmeceuticals (cosmetics that companies says possess drug-like affects) will go a step further. Over a period of time, he says, they will visibly reduce wrinkles and prevent future wear and tear.

    This includes DNA nanotechnology and stem cell technology.

    In its European markets, for example, cosmetic company Juneva of Switzerland sells a product called DNA Skin Optimizer Fluid, which promises to help aging skin cells to renew and duplicate themselves by targeting the nuclei--Juneva says skin takes on a fresher, smoother appearance within days of use. The fluid was developed in conjuction with Laboratoire des Substituts Cutanés in Lyon, France in 2004. There is no set date for U.S. release so if you want this wrinkle zapper, you'd better book a flight across the pond.

    The fruits of stem cell technology, on the other hand, can be found at Bloomingdale's. Amatokin, which retails for $173 for 1 ounce, is said to target stem cells, and in doing so claims to renew old skin, reduce wrinkles and even out tone.

    Other alternatives are not as pricey.

    Cheaper Choices
    Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs), including glycolic and lactic acids, have been the basis for chemical peels and potions for years, and can be found in formulas costing less than $100. They slough away old skin cells, revealing more youthful-looking skin and reducing the look of wrinkles. And vitamin C, which only several years ago became available in topical form, is also used to heal sun-damaged skin. And vitamin C, which only became available in topical form in the early part of this decade, is used to heal sun-damaged skin. It, too, is being used in brands available at drugstores.

    Still, Botox gets the nod from many familiar with the market's smorgasbord of wrinkle reducers.

    "There are products that will make the skin look younger and firmer, and it can happen but not overnight," says Wendy Lewis, a beauty industry consultant. "And there really is no other injection that does what Botox does."

    Other experts say your best bet is a two-fold approach. Gross advocates using multiple products with a meaningful concentration of active ingredients.

    "Even people getting injected should be doing this," he says. "Botox is just a Band-Aid--these products are targeting the reason for collagen breakdown."

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    DNA Nanotechonology
    The latest in regenerative skincare, products like Juneva of Switzerland's DNA Skin Optimizer Fluid, use
    DNA nanotechnology, which promises to help aging skin cells to renew and duplicate by targeting the nuclei; Juneva says skin takes on a fresher, smoother appearance within days of use. The fluid was developed in conjuction with Laboratoire des Substituts Cutanés in Lyon, France in 2004. There is no set date for U.S. release.
    Most commonly used for lip plumping, Restalyne, which is a form of hyaluronic acid, a substance that naturally occurs in human tissue, is also used to smooth over laugh lines and crows feet. However, because it's a filler, not a muscle relaxer, like Botox, the results can be dramatic, in some cases creating a puffed-up look. Perlane, a very similar injectable, also contains an active amount of hyaluronic acid. Both last for about six months.
    Face Lift
    The results of a face lift can last up to 10 years, while Botox is out of your system after about four months. This invasive procedure is often recommended only for older clients with drooping skin, whereas Botox is used on people of all ages to reduce lines. Bruising and swelling usually dissipates within three weeks, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
    Stem Cell Technology
    Can a topical product really get down to our stem cells and teach them to regenerate? According to the makers of Amatokin, the answer is yes. Only recently available in the U.S., a 1 ounce bottle retails at $173, exclusively at Bloomingdale's. The product, a result of 15 years of research, its makers say, targets stem cells and in doing so, claims to renew old skin, reduce wrinkles and even out tone.


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    Hyaluronic Acid
    This substance, which is found in our connective tissue and is a component of Restalayne, is found in at-home skincare products such as MD Skincare's Intense Hydra Mask, ($60 for six applications). Users, its makers say, see a noticeable plumping of the skin, which last about four days.
    A gentler form of the topical prescription Retin-A, retinol is a popular wrinkle reducer. A derivative of vitamin A, it's found in many over-the-counter products, including Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Cream ($12.99). Products that contain retinol promise to aid in reducing wrinkles and prevent future skin damage by speeding up the cell turnover process.
    Alpha Hydroxy Acids
    Some of the oldest skin-saving products on the market, glycolic acid and lactic acid are popular AHAs. They are also the active ingredients in many chemical peels, which are often administered by a dermatologist. By penetrating the skin, AHAs slough away dead skin cells, reducing the appearance of wrinkles.
    Vitamin C
    Using vitamin C as a topical application is a fairly new concept, but in products like Cellex C's High Potency Serum ($90) the vitamin helps heal damaged skin and reduce the signs of aging by stimulating collagen production.
    This bodily substance makes our skin supple and youthful looking. A few years ago the collagen used in injections to fill in deep wrinkles and plump up lips was taken from bovines. Now doctors use human collagen, which proves much less reactive (in some patients bovine collagen causes inflammation and swelling). Results last up to 12 months.
  4. [​IMG]Damn............she needs to find a new doctor! That's a horrible job!!
  5. she needs to sue.
  6. Has anyone here tried Amatokin™? Victoria's Secret sells it so I was wanting to try some if it's worth the nearly $200 they're selling it for.
  7. She looks like me after I have eaten kiwi and most fruits, needless to say an allergic reaction should not look like a cosmetic procedure.
  8. dna nanotechnology sounds like a lot of fluff......
  9. Eeek is that the cat lady? :blink:

    If that's what Restylane does, I don't want it. Ever.
  10. Their price is too much, I buy a huge tube of hyaluronic acid (lasts for a year) from the pharmacy for 8 euro. I wear it under my day cream and the results are ok. I have a very dry skin and need a lot of moisture, and it's the only thing that works for me.
  11. That's interesting; personally, I don't fancy Botox (or the frozen expression if not done well, or the chemical risks, or the price tag - goddamn, what's wrong with my wrinkles anyway!) but there are supposed to be some good alternatives on the market.

    I generally shop around for organic, natural, non-nasty ingredients but in the past have used things like Natralox (active ingredient is Argireline, google) or Barefoot Botanicals Instant Youth Serum (active ingredient is Acmella oleracea) which are supposed to be like 'Nature's Botox'.

    I think you can counter a lot of damage internally with leading a healthy diet, enough hydration and certain supplements, and then perhaps some of these skin products really can help.

    Personally I found the two I listed above to be good, but shop around, there are many on the market which claim to have good results with things like Co Enzyme 10, concentrations of Vit A etc (I'm sure Boots No 7 serum was popular solely to the concentration of Vit A - could have my vits wrong but I believe it was that), Vit C serums etc.
  12. Donatella? Is that you? :amuse:
  13. ^^ you don't mean me?! *hopes*

    You mean the tangoed lady with inflated lips?!
  14. A product called Collagen8 has worked wonders for me.
  15. Those lips are awful. The actual lips look like they belong to a teenager when the skin around them belongs to someone in their 50s.