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They’re the top two cosmetic injectables on the market, but BOTOX® and Restylane® achieve their goals through very different methods. For this reason, a comparison of the two procedures is more like comparing apples to oranges than apples to apples.
First and foremost, unlike Restylane®, BOTOX® is NOT a dermal filler. Instead, BOTOX® injections contain a purified protein derived from a toxin called bacterium clostridium botulinum. This substance is FDA approved as a treatment for facial wrinkles, and works by blocking the release of acetylcholine, the chemical responsible for transmitting motion signals to the muscles. Facial muscles that are injected with BOTOX® will weaken and contract less, smoothing out the fine lines that such muscle contractions usually create. Within a week after your BOTOX® treatment, you’ll notice a remarkable decrease in the appearance of laugh lines, frown lines, and crow’s feet, and these results can persist for up to six months or even longer. BOTOX® can also help treat migraine headaches and reduce the symptoms of hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating).
Restylane®, meanwhile, is the world’s top dermal filler and a legitimate alternative to BOTOX® treatments. Like BOTOX®, Restylane® involves a series of tiny facial injections, but rather than deactivating muscles, Restylane® actually uses a natural gel called hyaluronic acid to level out wrinkles and fill depressions. It can also be used for lip augmentation. Restylane® is FDA approved, uses no animal products, and is particularly safe thanks to its use of hyaluronic acid– a substance which occurs naturally in the human body (similar dermal fillers like Juvederm, Hylaform, and Perlane also use hyaluronic acid). By re-establishing connective tissues, Restylane® effectively increases the volume of the skin, dramatically reducing everything from forehead wrinkles to smile lines and dark under eye circles. Restylane® results can last as long as a year or more.
In the end, choosing between BOTOX® and Restylane® is a decision best made after a consultation with a skin rejuvenation specialist. BOTOX® prices may be lower, and Restylane® results might last longer, but every individual patient brings a separate set of circumstances. Botox Forum can answer any additional questions you may have about BOTOX® and Restylane® and we can also schedule you a free consultation with providers of both treatments in your area.