Botox may be the most popular cosmetic injectable on the market, but it’s worthwhile to explore other injectables that might suit your cosmetic desires and lifestyle better. Prevelle Silk offers similar results to Botox but uses a less concentrated formula with a smaller potential for post-injection inflammation. Read on for a comparison of Botox versus Prevelle Silk.
Prevelle Silk is a dermal filler containing hyaluronic acid, a substance that occurs naturally in the body. The average person has fifteen grams of hyaluronic acid in their body, one-third of which dissipates everyday. It’s designed to work particularly well with moderate and severe wrinkles.
In contrast to Botox, Prevelle Silk’s final results don’t take days to develop. That’s because Prevelle Silk uses a more diluted formula that Botox, so it doesn’t slowly spread out over the next few days. Still, it’s an injectable, so blood spotting and very minor redness and inflammation is normal immediately after Prevelle Silk is injected. After the initial reaction subsides, the final results should be visible—generally the same day as injection. Prevelle Silk is ideal for people looking for very quick results. If you have an event to attend tomorrow or you can’t spare a few days of downtime, Prevelle Silk may be right for you.
Prevelle Silk also contains a small amount of lidocaine, an anesthetic that can ease the pain of injection. This means that the lip blocks that are used during Botox aren’t necessary with Prevelle Silk lip injections, but people with lidocaine allergies can’t use it. Prevelle Silk lasts about two months.
Prevelle Silk is less expensive than Botox because it uses a lower concentration of product. On average, Prevelle Silk costs between $300 and $400.
Unlike Prevelle Silk, Botox is not a dermal filler. Rather, Botox injections are made of a protein derived from a toxin called bacterium clostridium botulinum. Botox is FDA-approved to combat facial wrinkles by blocking acetylcholine, the chemical that allows the facial muscles to move. Since wrinkles are caused by muscle contractions, Botox relaxes those contractions and leaves patients with smooth, unlined skin.
Botox is injected into wrinkles just under the skin, where the muscle contractions lie. The painfulness of Botox is greatly dependent on your personal pain threshold—it’s about the same as getting a flu shot on different parts of your face. Small spots of blood may appear where the needle was inserted. Immediately after Botox has been injected, the face may appear overly stiff or puffy. Such effects are considered normal for Botox injections, and are expected smooth out and disperse throughout the face within a week. Thus, the final result of Botox isn’t visible until at least a few days after the injections. Botox will effectively relax your muscles to reduce wrinkles for four to six months While Botox’s main target are crow's feet, frown lines, and wrinkles, it has an impressive array of other usages. Botox is proven effective at reducing hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) and even helps treat migraine headaches, since it relaxes the facial muscles.
Botox injections usually cost between $300 and $400. This price may vary based on your individual provider and your geographical location. Botox for any symptoms (including hyperhidrosis and migraine headaches) is not covered by insurance.
Both Botox and Prevelle Silk are injectables proven to fill wrinkles and plump lips. Botox is a more radical option, and it will last longer. Prevelle Silk is a great option for people who have never been treated with an injectable before, as the results will be less dramatic and disappear more quickly. If you’d like to learn more about Prevelle Silk or Botox, we can schedule you a free consultation with an experienced cosmetic specialist in your area.
-- Marisa Amorasak