Let’s get this one right from the start, while there are currently numerous studies with the hope to one day market a botox cream as of right now there is no such animal. Many products on the market today a making claims that their ingredients “mimic” the results that you get from botox. The problem with creams that to get any effects is that you have to use them for a period of time. It could conceivably take weeks for them to work. Which product is best is determined by the person and what they are willing to go through to stay young and beautiful.
Advantage – Botox/Creams
Botox wins hands down when it comes to the time it will take to see results. In a microwave world botox is the insta-fix many have been searching for. Days before a big event you can get the injections, any redness or swelling will be gone in a matter of days if not hours. It is a non-surgical procedure that can be performed in minutes. Creams have to be reapplied often to maintain their effectiveness.
Neither lasts forever and this brings in the next item in the debate. Weeks of cream cost far less than a single botox treatment. But if you add up the amount spent over a year for creams it will easily go well beyond the total yearly cost for injections.
Side effects are possible from either creams or botox injections. With creams they are not nearly as nasty as the ones that are possible from using botox. Allergic reactions to both can be mild or severe. People using botox injections have complained of muscle droopiness, pain at the injection site and severe headaches.
While most creams on the market are not highly toxic, botox is a toxin. The FDA has approved botox for cosmetic use and it is used as a medicinal treatment for migraines, lazy eye and other conditions where the muscles are over active. It is also being used to treat people suffering from hyperhidrosis ( excessive sweating) because of its natural effect of preventing signals from the nerve endings from reaching the sweat glands.
The reason that botox works so well and cannot be duplicated by topical treatments is that it actually paralyzes the muscles. They cannot form wrinkles if they are not moving. The site that is injected will remain paralyzed until the body grows new nerve endings.
Botox works but it is up to you, the consumer to actually decide whether the risks are worth the gains. Botox has not replaced creams but it is giving it a good run for the beautification budget of women around the world. As the demand for botox increase the more the price will drop and then the cram manufacturers will really have something to worry about.
Until that day happens the debate is likely to wage on, botox or cream which is better. No one can say for sure, each one has its own unique properties, pros and cons. But for now we will have to look to the future to find a cream that is as fast and effective as one botox injection.