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Finding a way to say goodbye to fine lines and wrinkles is much easier today, with so many good dermal fillers and wrinkle treatments currently on the market. Unfortunately, the wealth of choices can also make it difficult to know which treatment will be most effective for you. One of the newest products on the market, Captique gel, is taking the cosmetic industry by storm, but is it really a better option than standard Botox injections? Botox Forum will take a look at the differences and similarities between these two products to help you find the best wrinkle treatment for you.
What is Captique Gel?
Captique gel is a relatively new type of hyaluronic-based dermal filler. Because no animal products are used in the formula, there is no need to do allergy testing before administering the injection. The product was created by Inamed; the same company that manufacturers implants for breast augmentation. This product, like other dermal fillers, works just under the surface of the skin, plumping wrinkles from the inside out, for a smoother, younger appearance.
One of the biggest benefits to Captique over other dermal fillers is that the formula seems to have a lower response rate. This means that if there are any side effects from the injection, such as swelling, they generally dissipate much more quickly – if they appear at all. Another possible benefit is that the hyaluronic solution seems to be more pliable than similar formulas. Like other hyaluronic-based fillers, the results of Captique usually only last 2-4 months before a touch-up treatment is needed.
What about Botox?
Botox is one of the oldest wrinkle treatments still on the market today. Although Botox is administered by injection, like Captique gel, the process by which Botox works on fine lines and wrinkles is very different. Instead of injecting a solution into the wrinkle that plumps the skin, the botulism-based formula in Botox works by relaxing the facial muscles that lead to the wrinkles in the first place. When these muscles are treated, the result is a smoother appearance with fewer lines.
Because Botox has been used for decades, it is considered one of the safest and most effective wrinkle treatments today. The treatment can be used in the same areas as Captique, including around the eyes, forehead and nasolabial folds that extend from the nose to the corners of the mouth. Botox is not typically recommended for the small pucker lines around the mouth, although some experienced doctors have been able to successfully treat that area with Botox injections.
Botox treatments typically last for about 3-4 months, making the frequency of treatments similar to those of Captique and other dermal fillers. However, some patients find that after a number of Botox treatments, the results may extend to six months or more.
Which is Right for You?
Both Botox and Captique offer excellent results when it comes to reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for an extended period of time. Although both are administered by injection, the method of treatment varies considerably between the two formulas. If you want to find out which treatment is the best fit for you, contact one of our representatives at Botox Forum to find a cosmetic specialist in your area.