Are Products Like Strivectrin Better Than Botox?

i know strivectrin compares itself to botox.  that fair comparison when it comes to anti-wrinkle treatment?

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Consider the so-called "alternatives" to BOTOX. Perhaps...

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Consider the so-called “alternatives” to BOTOX. Perhaps the best-known product out there is STRIVECTIN. Klein-Becker, the company that makes the product, slyly asks in its marketing: “Better than BOTOX?” Suggesting that STRIVECTIN must be at least as good. Other companies have piled on to this marketing strategy.

  • At best this is confusing to the public. There are now scientific studies that have directly compared StriVectin-SD (Klein-Becker USA, Salt Lake City, UT, USA), DDF Wrinkle Relax (Doctor's Dermatologic Formula, HDS Cosmetics, Inc., Yonkers, NY, USA), and HydroDerm (Hydroderm, Beverly Hills, CA, USA) to BOTOX.
  • Are you holding your hat? Surprise: BOTOX is better. The creams were no better at reducing wrinkles between the eyebrows than salt water. The lesson is that there is more than hope in the vial, you just have to pick the right vial.
  • By the way, these products do work as moisturizers, very expensive moisturizers. If you are not using a good face and eye cream, this change can make a difference in your appearance. Paying more does not mean getting more. If you are spending $300 for a small jar of moisturizer, do you really think you’ll get your money's worth?
  • Recognize that even the best moisturizer is going to make only a small difference-don’t over spend.
    • It should be emollient but not so greasy that it causes pimples or makes you look shiny.
    • It should not burn or dry your skin or eyes (occurs when there are alcohols or acids in the product) and it should smell pleasant and not medicinal.
    • It is always possible to be allergic to an ingredient in any product. If you develop a rash or skin irritation after starting a new product, stop the product and consult your doctor immediately.

Don’t forget your sunscreen!

Beverly Hills Oculoplastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

Dr. Steinsapir is absolutely correct. Most of the...

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Dr. Steinsapir is absolutely correct. Most of the products which claim to be better than Botox are simply moisturizers which in clinical studies have not proven to be better than Botox.

Unfortunately because these products do not have to get US FDA approval for their claims, they can claim whatever they want without having to show well controlled scientific studies to back up their claims.

If you are looking for an alternative to Botox to help decrease fine lines and wrinkles, moisturizers are the key. When the skin is moist, it will have a full appearance and will help to hide the fine lines. When dry, it will shrivel like a prune and the lines will appear.

As always, it is crucial to wear sunscreen. Several things happen when the skin is exposed to sun on the cellular level which not only contributes to skin cancer formation but also to the aged appearance of the skin.

D.J. Verret, MD
Dallas Facial Plastic Surgeon
3.9 out of 5 stars 14 reviews

Strivectin isn't even close to Botox

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Unfortunately, many cosmetic claims by products sold over the counter are completely unsubstantiated, and Strivectin's claim to be "Better than Botox?" is simply false. Strivectin is a moisturizer that does not penetrate the skin to affect dynamic facial muscles. Botox is a tried and true cosmetic injectable that works well for softening of certain facial wrinkles.

Someday soon, Botox will be available in a cream formulation, but until then, save your money... skip the Strivectin.

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Strivectin vs. BOTOX

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There is no question that BOTOX is vastly superior in efficacy for wrinkles than is Strivectin, and in fact there was a scientific study that showed just this. 

Benjamin Barankin, MD, FRCPC
Toronto Dermatologic Surgeon

Not a fair comparison...kind of like going from NYC to LA...

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take a works and will get you there quickly, comfortably and without hassle...yes a horse might also get you there but not comfortably, reliably or with any degree of assurance...get botox for your wrinkles...they'll go away and you'll look great in 1-2 weeks...

Ken Landow, MD
Las Vegas Dermatologist

Is Strivectin Better Than Botox? No Way

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The marketing approach with strivectin made an ingenious glancing analogy between two products that have very little similarity.  The obvious goal was to associate the product with a very effective, time tested minimally invasive procedure.  Analogous questions I would ask: Is an old moped better than a Bentley? Is Timex better than Rolex? Is an old rag better than Versace?

Strivectin is NOT a Botox substitute

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Hi there-

Strivectin and similar products help with skin smoothness by helping to hydrate the skin, and possibly by boosting collagen production.

Botox works by relaxing the muscles under the skin to help soften the wrinkles caused by contraction of that muscle- helping also to slow the development of future wrinkles.

Strivectin claim over Botox not based on published scientific data

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Beware of marketers of creams of dubious values on TV, Radio, or online. Most if not all of the over-the-counter promoted creams offer not much more than moisturization. No topical marketed creams (including Strivectin, Hydroxatone, and the likes) have the proven clinical efficacy of wrinkle reduction and collagen production as topical retinoid such as tretinoin or tazoratene, which have gone through the rigor of double-blinded randomized clinical trials that confirmed efficacy over placebo. Nevertheless, even topical retinoids do not match the efficacy of Botox or Dysport which works by relaxing facial muscles responsible for lines on forehead and crows feet. However, a topical cosmetic botulinum toxin cream is under review by the FDA, currently in clinical trials and may be available in the future as a prescription cream to be applied by physicians.

Strivectin not better than Botox

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Absolutely not. The product Strivectin contains a peptide pal-KTTKS and has no Botox-like effect at all. Pal-KTTKS has been shown to boost collagen production so overall creams containing it might improve the appearance of lines and wrinkles somewhat. But believe me this is a far cry from the type of results you can see with Botox. In my opinion, this type of advertising is deceptive and really should not be allowed.

Patricia Farris, MD
Metairie Dermatologic Surgeon

Botox proven better than Strivectin

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I notice that we no longer see the ads with the tagline "Strivectin: Better than Botox?" The reason is that someone actually did a study comparing the two products with Botox the clear winner. The thing is that Botox has a very specific effect on the muscles that cause winkles, while strivectin is a skin cream that might be nice but doesn't do what Botox does. It would be great if there was something that was less expensive and didn't involve injections, but worked as well as Botox, but there isn't.

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