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Worried About Aging Gracefully?

Makeup can only hide so much.  It’s a fact of life that as our bodies age, they change.  Sun exposure, gravity, genetics, and even stress can all play a role in creating unwanted fine lines across our faces – around our eyes and lips, and even our foreheads.  Over time, those lines can turn into deeper wrinkles.

 

If you’re looking to ward off these pesky lines, rest assured there are several different treatments available to help combat the signs of aging. A few of the most popular options include BOTOX® Cosmetic, laser skin resurfacing, and dermal fillers.

 

BOTOX® Cosmetic

In this day and age, BOTOX has become somewhat of a household name.  Most people have heard of it, but not everyone understands how it works to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.  BOTOX is made of a neurotoxin that relaxes the muscles and inhibits the ability of the muscles to contract.  It is the repeated contraction of muscles that leaves the affectionately named “11†between the eyes and the furrowed lines on the forehead. By limiting the contraction of the muscles, BOTOX can help diminish the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

 

Although medical spas offer BOTOX treatments, former American Society of Plastic Surgeons President, Dr. Richard D’Amico, cautions against allowing anyone other than a board-certified physician to administer the treatment.

 

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“It is very important to understand that with neurotoxin, you are manipulating anatomy. You want whoever is performing the procedure to have a thorough understanding of anatomy. Plastic surgeons have a much higher knowledge base in this category than others who may offer the procedure. For optimal results, I recommend those considering BOTOX visit a board-certified plastic surgeon. Many medical spas have aestheticians or other office staff members who perform the injections, but remember that people who are not plastic surgeons may not understand that anatomy nearly as well which can increase the risk of the results looking unnatural.â€

 

BOTOX injections usually last about 6 months, and are typically used in the upper portion of the face.

 

Laser Skin Resurfacing

There are various laser treatments for different skin types and issues.  As an added bonus, some lasers are also known to stimulate collagen production to smooth and tighten skin.

Laser treatments such as Fraxel re:storeâ„¢ and Fraxel re:pairâ„¢ offer minimal downtime and can treat age spots, pigmentation, wrinkles, fine lines, and acne scarring. 

 

Most patients require a series of several treatments to achieve their aesthetic goals.

 

Dermal (Injectable) Fillers

It’s a common misconception that BOTOX acts as a wrinkle filler. BOTOX actually works by relaxing wrinkle causing muscles. Dermal, or injectable, fillers act in a different way. Products like JUVÉDERM®, Restylane®, and Perlane® have the ability to fill in fine lines and wrinkles. They do not relax muscles.  These fillers are made of hyaluronic acid, a substance that already exists in the body and gives fullness to the skin. 

Many young people write off cosmetic treatments like BOTOX, laser skin resurfacing, and dermal fillers, but as we age, our perspectives may change.  As she turns 50, Michelle Obama even says “never say never†in regards to BOTOX and other cosmetic treatments.