For many of us, Botox is the go-to option for wrinkle treatment and prevention. Unfortunately, treatments can get a little pricey, so many people are looking for alternatives that might help them get the results they want for less.
Here are some of the most popular tools and treatments for reducing wrinkles and fine lines, and a breakdown of how well they work.
Botox Option: The Gold Standard
It’s been decades since medical professionals started using Botox to treat wrinkles and fine lines, and there’s a good reason why this treatment is still popular. The “lunchtime procedure” is fast and beautifully effective. Botox is one of the most requested treatments at med spas around the country.
A lot of people worry about getting a “frozen” face from Botox, but you can avoid this outcome by working with an experienced and fully qualified provider, such as a nurse practitioner or physician assistant. Properly injected Botox keeps you from overusing the muscles that lead to wrinkles while still allowing room for facial expression.
Botox is a form of the Botulinum A toxin, which is safe to use in the right dosage. While there are several other types of Botulinum A on the market today, we recommend Botox® Cosmetic in most cases because of its consistent results and longevity. At Beauty Boost Med Spa, we provide both Botox and Dysport injections.
Silicone Anti-Wrinkle Patches: The Cheap Choice
Silicone anti-wrinkle patches have become a major trend on TikTok. They’re often touted as a more affordable option for people who are concerned about their fine lines. You can buy them for as little as a few dollars, keep them on overnight, and then peel them off.
Silicone strips may look like a quick, easy, and cheap solution to avoiding Botox, but when you peel them off in the morning, the results only last for about an hour. You will continue to use those muscles throughout the day, so your fine lines will come right back. At Beauty Boost, DNP Anisa advises patients to invest in Botox instead.
Don’t believe us? You can try Silicone patches for yourself and take selfies throughout the day to see how long the results last for you. For most people, these patches are a bit of a letdown.
Microneedling: The Complexion-Boosting Option
Microneedling treatments are becoming increasingly popular in the U.S. They are a great way to increase collagen production, which can help reduce wrinkles and fine lines. They can also help with acne scars, broken capillaries and spider veins, shrinking pores, evening out the skin tone, and smoothing and firming the skin texture.
During a microneedling treatment session, your provider will use very fine needles to create tiny punctures in the skin and stimulate collagen production. Patients often describe the sensation of microneedling as feeling like sandpaper moving across the skin.
Microneedling usually produces immediate results that continue to improve over the weeks and months following treatment. These results often include skin complexion results that you can’t get with Botox, although Botox may do a better job with some types of wrinkles. Depending on the provider, microneedling may be more affordable than Botox.
We encourage you to set up a consultation with a med spa provider to see whether microneedling or Botox would be a better choice for you.