It’s no secret Botox’s the scientific name for Wrinkle Eraser. A small amount of this neurotoxin (and slight pain comparable to a small pinch) is all that is required to relax muscles behind frown lines and crow’s feet. However, with advancement in technology, it shouldn’t be the only solution. That, needle-phobes would surely agree. So, we share alternatives to Botox – both invasive and non-invasive – that are as effective, if not more so, to achieve a wrinkle-free, youthful complexion.
Slow & Steady: Anti-aging Serums
For the patient, you must be loving this invention: anti-aging serums. Those that contain active ingredients such as retinol and AHAs are especially helpful in protecting against sun damage and can even reverse some signs of aging like fine lines.
SW1 Unicorn Tears Adenosine Enriched Collagen Essence (what a mouthful) is perfect for use to tackle wrinkles. Powered by adenosine, a collagen booster; tranexamic acid, which helps to restore glow and; retinol for anti-aging and anti-acne benefits, this concoction does triple duty of protecting, healing and nourishing skin.
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Doctor’s Favourite: Fillers
This next Botox alternative targets wrinkles at their roots – deficiency in hyaluronic acid. Dr Kenneth Lee, Founder of SW1 Clinic, explained that while hyaluronic acid is a natural substance in skin, it diminishes with age. In turn, this deficiency affects the skin’s elastin networks and collagen sources, leading to the formation of facial lines.
“Therefore, natural fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm work to replenish skin’s source of hyaluronic acid and the result is the immediate softening of wrinkles. Although the effects last for 6 months or so, in the long run, fillers also promote collagen renewal for supple and youthful skin,” says Dr Lee.
It’s no wonder hyaluronic acid fillers are surging in popularity with the 2016 American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reporting a significant 16% increase from the year before. Move over, Botox!
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The Next Best Thing: Thermage
If you’re looking for more lasting results of a year or longer, Thermage is the answer. A non-surgical gold standard for skin tightening, it is FDA approved for non-invasive treatment of facial wrinkles. It uses focused radiofrequency energy to cause deep volumetric heating of the skin to spur collagen renewal, tightening and contouring skin.
“In a single session, patients observe a skin tightening effect. More amazingly, it continues to improve for up to 6 months to uncover skin that is firm and refined,” says Dr Lee who recommends pairing Thermage with LED Red Light, a photomodulation treatment raved for its skin rejuvenation benefits, for best results.
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For Multi-tasking Lovers: Fraxel Dual Laser
This one takes time to see effects as well but is loved for its multiple skin benefits. From wrinkles and pigmentation to acne scars, Fraxel Dual Laser refines and rejuvenates skin of all skin types. “It uses state of the art non-ablative fractional laser technology to stimulate collagen and elastin synthesis while resurfacing almost 20% of the undulating skin surface,” explains Dr Lee who is also a regional trainer for Fraxel. Truly a feat like no other (especially traditional CO2 lasers) !
Fractional laser energies penetrate deep into dermis with precision, stimulating collagen to resurface top skin layer. Collagen stimulation leads to natural rejuvenation process – smooths wrinkles and scars.
To speed up healing and enhance results, combine with Rejuran DNA Resurgence where Rejuran DNA extracts derived from Salmon with PDRN (Polydeoxyribonucleotide) are skilfully injected into skin to supplement natural DNA and strengthen skin for a wrinkle-free and youthful appearance.
After all these heavy-duty wrinkle erasing efforts, don’t forget to always always wear sunscreen to prevent your hard-earned anti-aging efforts from going to waste!