What's the Newest Botox Alternative for Wrinkles?

Recently, I watched a news clip about a new injection for facial wrinkles. It is different than Botox.

It doesn't paralyze, but instead fills the wrinkles and allows the body to produce collagen again, and is supposed to be able (potentially) to last for years.

Does anyone know what this is called? I think it starts with an "A". It is brand new.

Doctor Answers 4

Newest Botox alternative is Artefill.

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Artefill is not really new nor is it an alternative to Botox. Botox doesn't fill wrinkles but Artefill does and Artefill will last about 5 years in the nasolabial grooves for about $1200 per syringe.

Beverly Hills Dermatologic Surgeon
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It might be ArteFill

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This might be ArteFill. It is a semi-permanent filler which might have more risk of nodule (bump) development than the more commonly used hyaluronic acid fillers, Juvederm and Restylane. Some of these bumps might occur years after the treatment.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
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There are different types of wrinkle treatments

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Hi Stacey,

There are two main categories of injectable wrinkle treatments. One works by relaxing the muscles that are causing the wrinkles. Doctors call this category neuro-modulators. It includes Botox and Dysport, the only two approved for treating wrinkles in the United States. There are others available in other countries, and there are also others on the horizon.

The second category of injectable wrinkle treatments is fillers. Some fillers are permanent like silicone and Artefill. Others are temporary and work either by taking up space or by promoting collagen production or both. The hyaluronic acid fillers including the Juvederm family and the Restylane family are the most popular. They have the advantage of working immediately, lasting a long time, and are natural skin products. They can also be dissolved easily if there is an area that you don't like.

These kinds of treatments are very popular because they are easy, affordable, and make you look really great. There are new products introduced all the time, and it can be confusing to sort out the differences. It is best to talk to your cosmetic surgeon and get advice for what is best for you.

Good luck.

Nancy Swartz, MS, MD, FACS
Philadelphia Oculoplastic Surgeon

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Botox alternative for facial wrinkles

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Dysport is the Botox alternative. The generic name is abobotulinumtoxinA. This medication also relaxes facial muscles to help smooth wrinkles. However, both Dysport and Botox are not fillers and do not promote collagen production. Both are also temporary lasting only a few months.

Medications may have various trade names in different countries. Also, some medications which may be available in one country is not yet available in another. Keep doing your research on this potential Botox alternative. Best of luck.

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