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All Injectables Are Not Created Equal

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This column features weekly tips and advice from a revolving cast of industry leaders, on hand to discuss your beauty dilemmas, from blemishes to Botox. To submit a question, e-mail celia _ellenberg@fairchildfashion.com.

Are fillers better for you than Botox?

Botox is a toxin that blocks muscle contractions, while fillers are materials used to fill wrinkles. We can’t say that one is better than the other as they target wrinkles with two completely different mechanisms. The most common fillers are based on hyaluronic acid, however, which is a completely natural molecule. There are different brands available on the market, but all of them use different viscosities of hyaluronic acid for a filling effect can last anywhere between four to six months. There are some topical alternatives to fillers, as well. I really like a tripetide called Syn-Hycan in Zelens 3t Complex Essential Anti-Ageing Cream, which significantly boosts production of hyaluronic acid in the skin and thus provides a needle-free supply of it.

Dr. Marko Lens is a consultant plastic and reconstructive surgeon and an internationally renowned expert in the field of skin cancer and skin aging. A fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, Dr. Lens works out of his own private practice in London, where his extensive research into the process of skin aging led him to create Zelens, a range of advanced cosmeceuticals that utilize potent plant-derived ingredients spiked with biotechnological actives.

Photo: Courtesy of Zelens

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