There are many options for skin rejuvenation including Botox, fillers, acupuncture, ultrasound therapy, laser treatments, skin resurfacing, chemical peels, dermabrasion and surgical procedures.
Since there are so many options available, and certain treatments may work better for one condition than another, it can be overwhelming to determine which treatment is the best choice. This article will shed some light on which type of skin rejuvnation technique is right for you.
Botox is a quick solution for erasing expression lines and obtaining smoother and younger looking skin in minutes. Expression lines are the wrinkles or fine lines a person gets when smiling, squinting or frowning. Botox is great for treating the areas under the eyes, the outer corners of the eyes, the forehead and the creases at the corner of the mouth. Botox limits the muscle movement in the treated area so that the skin has time to smooth out. However, Botox is not permanent so, in order to get lasting benefits, patients need follow-up treatments every few months to maintain the results.
Fillers are a time-efficient way to gain youthful skin in a matter of minutes. Fillers are used to treat volume loss which occurs as a result of aging. Patients with shadowed contours under the eyes or cheeks suffering from volume loss can benefit from fillers which would instantly plump-up the treated areas. Fillers can also benefit a person who desires shapely or fuller lips or to improve the appearance of pitted scars. Fillers can be used to soften deep folds, such as the nasolabial fold, or the crease on each corner of the mouth.
Although many people feel that even one needle is too many, acupuncture has many benefits including reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Acupuncture is a method which involves sticking needles on specific acupoints to regulate and boost blood circulation. Acupuncture can also benefit a person who suffers from headaches, dizziness and muscle pain.
Ultherapy is a non-invasive procedure which benefits a person by lifting mild skin sagging, improving the appearance of wrinkles and reducing neck lines. The ultrasound energy used in the treatment stimulates collagen production which tightens the skin and helps it become more toned. Ultherapy is especially beneficial to those who do not want to endure needles, lasers or surgeries to obtain fresher looking skin.
Laser Skin Resurfacing
There are many laser skin treatments available which work to stimulate collagen production under the surface of the skin which causes a tightening of the skin. Anyone who has fine lines, acne, wrinkles, age spots, large pores, scars or spider veins may benefit from laser treatments. Laser treatments make the skin smoother and effectively takes years off the appearance of the face. The results from laser treatments can last for 2-3 years depending on the type of laser treatment and the area being treated.
While some laser treatments are mild, other laser skin resurfacing techniques are used for extensive skin damage. This fractional laser treatment deeply penetrates the tissue and injures sections of the skin while preserving the surrounding tissue. The heat from the laser signals the body to heal itself on the surface and under the skin. Since the surrounding tissue is not damaged, the treated area can heal quickly. Laser skin resurfacing can benefit people with leathery-looking skin from sun damage as well as patients with fine lines and wrinkles. This procedure can also improve skin tone and lessen the appearance of scars.
Chemical Peels and Dermabrasion
Patients bothered by dark spots, pigmentation, fine lines, moderate wrinkles, unsightly scars or other skin imperfections can benefit from a chemical peel or dermabrasion. These treatments remove imperfections by exfoliating the surface of the skin with either a chemical solution or a coarse brush. Patients see the benefits from a chemical peel or dermabrasion a few weeks after the skin has healed but the final results take some time as the skin color changes from red to pink. The results from these treatments can last for many years.
Depending on the severity of the skin condition, patients might benefit from one or more facial rejuvenation surgeries. Some of the most popular surgical procedures for facial rejuvenation include eyelid lift and brow lift to improve droopy eyelids and eyebrows. Facelifts can be used to improve excessive loose skin on the forehead, upper eyelids, neck and jowls while tightening the skin and muscles. The loose skin is lifted, reshaped and contoured to provide smoother and younger looking skin. The results from these surgical options can last for around 10 years or until the skin starts to lose its elasticity.