Age is an inevitable process. More people are trying to fight the appearance of wrinkles and their rightful age through techniques they feel will work with the best or fastest results. Let’s take a look at 3 of the most common techniques used – botox, lasers, and plastic surgery. Then let’s talk about a less risky, effective treatment that is now being used by more people around the world.
What is Botox?
Botox is when a doctor injects a toxin derived from the same bacteria as botulism into the skin and weakens the muscles for approximately 3 to 4 months. After that time, it will need to be administered again to keep these muscles from moving into its natural state.
Does Botox really get rid of wrinkles?
No, botox does not get rid of wrinkles. Its job is to keep muscles that make wrinkles from contracting and creating these wrinkles. To get rid of lines, a filler is usually needed to be injected.
The Advantages of Botox
The results are immediate, which is why botox is very popular.
Side Effects of Botox
If administered by an experienced doctor, botox generally is quite safe. However, allergic reactions can take place, such as rashes, welts, and sometimes itching.
There are cases where the injected toxins have caused many problems, such as:
- Droopy eyelids
- Inability to smile and make normal facial expressions
- Problematic tear ducts
- Problems with vision
- Weak muscles
- Brain and other organs are suspected to have negative effects due to toxins
How Do Laser Treatments Work?
There is a special kind of laser treatment called laser resurfacing, used to combat wrinkles and fine lines. The procedure involves pulsating light that insults damaged cells and removes them to form new, fresher skin.
Side Effects of Laser Resurfacing
Laser resurfacing may cause temporary swelling, sometimes bruising and even lesions. Steroids may be prescribed to manage swelling and other instructions may be advised to help towards the healing process.
Not only will patients have some down time to look forward to with laser treatments, but the possibility that any of these can happen:
- Additional burns from the laser
- Bacterial Infection
- Patches of different colored skin
What is a Face-Lift?
A face-lift is a surgical procedure that involves sedating a patient with anesthesia and literally lifting the skin off the face so that the tissues can be smoothed and tightened under the skin. It can help make a person appear younger, but does not remove age spots or get rid of all wrinkles completely. Additional skin treatments will be necessary for that.
Side Effects of a Face-Lift
Keep in mind that a face-lift involves surgery, which means you have as much of a risk as any surgical procedure. There is a change of having a negative reaction to anesthesia, and any of the following risks:
- Nerve damage
- Blood clots
- Tissue loss
- Hair loss
The Non-invasive Treatments to Staying Young
What is a Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a popular facial treatment to help reduce scars, unclog and minimize pores, and even aid in anti-aging. Although it’s considered non-invasive, it can cause embarrassing, after treatment redness and swelling. Many Estheticians might say there is no down time, but then ask you to stay away from the sun for a while.
Why Light Therapy Beats All Skin Care Treatments?
So far, we’ve introduced you to many advantages of light therapy. However, the most important is the way it helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles, aids in anti-aging with minimal to practically no risk. Light therapy helps speed up the healing process for all the procedures above. In addition, it also helps produce newer, younger cells and stimulates the production of collagen.
With light therapy, you don’t have to worry about possible allergic reactions or swelling you might receive from any of the procedures above. All you have to do is be patient. It takes at least 2 months for any noticeable changes.
So … what procedure would you choose?