Makeup can only hide so much. Itâ€™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 â€“ around our eyes and lips, and even our foreheads. Over time, those lines can turn into deeper wrinkles.
If youâ€™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 BOTOXÂ® Cosmetic, laser skin resurfacing, and dermal fillers.
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 â€œ11â€ 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 Dâ€™Amico, cautions against allowing anyone other than a board-certified physician to administer the treatment.
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
Itâ€™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 JUVÃ‰DERMÂ®, RestylaneÂ®, and PerlaneÂ® 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 â€œnever say neverâ€ in regards to BOTOX and other cosmetic treatments.