Whether we choose to accept them or not, wrinkles and lines are an inevitable feature as we get older. This is a common concern for men as well as women. We can either choose to accept them or find some way to do something about them. Many people have looked to Botox® treatments for this purpose as this drug has proven to be one of the most effective in altering the effects of wrinkles, crow’s feet and fine lines.
This particular drug is derived from a purified form of Botulin Toxin A. It is administered by a certified doctor or plastic surgeon by way of injections. Needles are inserted at the exact site or close to areas where wrinkles are prevalent. The chemical works by blocking the nerves that contract muscles, thereby softening the appearance of wrinkles. The effects become evident after 3 to 5 days and will last between 3 and 6 months. This means that follow-up treatments are necessary. The good news is that the more Botox® treatments you undergo, the less evident wrinkles will appear as the particular muscles become more or less tense.
Contrary to popular belief, skin tightening treatments are not only used by models and other celebrities. It is common among middle aged working women who want to look refreshed and less stressed. There is also a significant percentage of professional men in their twenties to middle years who also want to appear energetic and for those who are older, more youthful.
The popularity of Botox® treatments is limited only by the common fear held by many of needles. Many of us cringe and become squeamish at the idea of being pricked and at the temporary redness and soreness that follows. Topical alternatives to Botox® treatments are being developed more now than before; and these are producing results that are just as effective.
Topical anti-wrinkle treatments such as RT001 by Revance Therapuetics and Pretox Infin 8 are building anticipation in the market of anti-wrinkle treatments. RT001 is Botox® in cream form that is applied directly to the skin. It is absorbed quickly and then directly targets the over worked muscles which cause wrinkles. This results in a smoother look. This particular drug is just moments away from FDA approval in the United States and is in the final stages of clinical trials in Canada. It was successful in removing crow’s feet with no harmful side effects.
Pretox Infin 8 focuses on reducing the depth of wrinkles and frown lines up to 50%, especially targeting those lines in the forehead and at corners of the eyes. It restores elasticity and collagen, thus having a moisturizing and nourishing effect on skin as well. An immediate tightening effect will be felt upon application but more precise effects will become evident in 6 to 12 weeks.
Topical treatments have several advantages. They are being developed with lowered risk of side effects for the overall safety of users. They can target areas that physicians and plastic surgeons may find it difficult to treat with injections. They are actually best suited for use on the delicate and fairly thinner skin around the eyes and on the forehead. Applications are simple and painless. Usage will become more popular as now an individual can conduct treatments at home without the need to go in for an appointment. They leave a more natural expression and more consistent results. Although cited as alternatives to Botox® injections, topical products can be used as a supplement to injection treatments.