Restylane and Botox are both injections that provide similar results in the form of smooth and wrinkle-free skin that is more youthful-looking. Both procedures can be performed quickly and conveniently and require no downtime after the treatment, allowing patients to return to their daily schedules.
They are both cosmetic procedures and skincare methods, but they use completely different mechanisms to achieve their end goal. Medically, they do not belong in the same classification of injectables. They also address slightly different kinds of wrinkles.
What Is Restylane?
Restylane is a dermal filler composed of synthetic hyaluronic acid, which attracts and binds water molecules in the skin tissues. This adds volume to the skin, smoothing away moderate and harsh wrinkles caused by sun exposure and the natural aging process.
Restylane treats the nasolabial folds, parentheses lines, marionette lines, and smoker’s lines. It can also be used to plump thin lips.
What Is Botox?
Botox is the brand name for botulinum toxin type A. It is a specially harnessed neurotoxin that is injected onto a skin area to dull the muscle connections around it, removing the fine wrinkles and age lines that were caused by muscle movement. It basically relaxes the muscles to achieve its results.
Botox can be used to resolve crow’s feet, horizontal forehead lines, vertical lines between the brows, chin wrinkles, crepey skin, bunny lines, and horizontal neck bands.
How Similar Is Restylane to Botox?
The two injectables should both should be administered by reputable medical professionals for best results. They require only a single office visit to show results.
Botox can also be used to treat eye conditions, excess sweating, muscle spasms, and migraines. Restylane is not used to treat these issues and is instead used primarily as a cosmetic tool to correct wrinkles and perform lip augmentations via deep implantation of the gel into the skin tissues.
Do These Injectables Offer Effective Results?
Both of these injectable products have been approved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. This denotes rigorous testing and consistent results.
Several studies have been conducted to show that Restylane injections cause dramatic improvements in the appearance of the lips and in facial wrinkles.
Botox is renowned the world over for having an excellent track record in reducing lines and wrinkles. It is one of the most popular treatments in the world, with millions undergoing Botox treatments every year. The ingredients in Botox are very thoroughly studied.
People of all complexions, heights, weights, and ethnic backgrounds can use both treatments. However, there are some people who are not ideal for this treatments.
Who Shouldn’t Use Botox?
• Any individuals who are pregnant and/or breastfeeding
• Any individuals who have allergies or hypersensitivities to the Botox injection
• Any individuals with an active infection at the treatment area where Botox is to be injected
Who Shouldn’t Use Restylane?
• Any individual taking blood-thinning medication
• Individuals who are either allergic or have bruises or active infections at the injection site (these individuals should consult with Dr. Horlick to determine when they can safely take the treatment.)
Contact Us to Learn More
If you’re interested in learning the difference between Botox and Restylane and finding out which one is right for you, contact Dr. Howard Horlick to schedule your consultation today. Dr. Horlick is a reputable dermatologist and will be happy to help.