Collagen VS. Botulinum Toxin (BTX)

Forever young! That is how we want to be. But the sad truth of life is that we age. We get wrinkles, our skin becomes loose, our bones become brittle, our joints become creaky and painful and a whole other host of problems crop up. While we will never stop ageing, we can prevent ourselves from looking old. In recent times a variety of methods to prevent wrinkles and maintain a youthful appearance have become popular.

If you haven’t already figured it out, this blog is about INJA Life Collagen, so most of the articles too will be related to collagen and collagen supplements.  In this article I’m going to compare the effects of Botulinum toxin (a toxin injected into facial muscles to reduce the formation of wrinkles) with the effects of collagen on skin.

Let’s start with explaining what Botulinum toxin is. Botulinum toxin (BTX) is a Neurotoxic protein produced by the Bacterium Clostridium Botulinum and related species. There are seven types of botulinum toxin, named type A–G. Type A and B are used commercially and medically. Botulinum toxin types A and B are used in medicine to treat various muscle spasms and diseases characterised by overactive muscle.

It is also frequently used in cosmetic surgery and is extremely popular among the stars of Hollywood and Bollywood. It is considered safe and a rather effective method in reducing facial wrinkles and fine lines. The botulinum toxin is injected in small quantities into the muscles under the facial wrinkles and frown lines. The drug/toxin relaxes these muscles and smoothens the overlying skin. This causes the wrinkles and frown lines to disappear. Type A of the purified botulinum toxin is used to paralyse various facial muscle groups to reduce wrinkles and give a younger looking appearance to people. The treated muscles gradually regain function, and generally return to their former appearance within three to six months after the treatment. Muscles can be treated repeatedly to maintain the smoothed appearance. However this drug has various side effects like pain, bruising, paralysis of the nerves that control the eyelid (drooping eyes), etc

In comparison Collagen is one of the most abundant proteins found in our body. It forms the building blocks of our skin, hair, nails, etc. As we age our body slows down the production of collagen. As a result our skin loses its elasticity. This results in the formation of wrinkles and fine lines. By taking hydrolyzed collagen supplements one can help the skin to continue renewing and replacing the skin cells and maintain a youthful glow. Collagen improves skin smoothness and increases elasticity. It prevents and reduces the formation of wrinkles. Scars from acne and dark spots can also be reduced by taking collagen supplements.

Researchers and health officials have found that taking collagen supplements is safe as they are natural and healthy. They can be easily consumed and absorbed by the body to improve the appearance of your skin and ensure a youthful complexion always.

Let’s have a quick overview of the advantages and disadvantages of both.

  • Origin

When compared collagen is a natural and healthy protein that is found in our body while botulinum toxin is a highly toxic substance and can only be used in small quantities.

  • Procedure

The botulinum toxin treatment has to be performed by a certified doctor and repeated to maintain the youthful appearance. Collagen supplements are available easily at any health store. Moreover hydrolyzed collagen supplements in powder form are easy to consume and are absorbed by the body easily.

  • Frequency

The effects of botulinum toxin last for 3-6 moths. Therefore to maintain a youthful appearance you have to repeat the procedure every few month. Collagen should be consumed for around 3-4 months to experience the benefits. However it has no adverse effects and can be taken as supplement with your diet for a longer period of time.

  • Suitable

The botulinum toxin treatment is usually done by older adults to mask the signs of aging and to maintain a youthful look. Collagen supplements, although taken by adults, can be added to ones diet to boost the collagen levels in the body from the age of 15. Collagen supplements should be taken by people who have a low protein diet, people who want to strengthen their joints and bones, etc.

  • Side effects

Continued botulinum toxin procedures can have side effects like pain, bruising, allergic reactions, paralysis of the nerves that control the eyelid (drooping eyes), muscle stiffness, etc. Marine collagen is made out of the skin and scales of fish. Therefore the main side effect is an allergic reaction to the fish. However there are no other ill effects of taking a collagen supplement in your diet.

Bottom line is when a 100% natural collagen supplement like INJA Life is so easily available and can be added  to our diet to help us look young and maintain a an overall healthy lifestyle, why would you want to go in for a risky medical procedure?

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