The older we get, the harder it is to take care of our skin. Even with the use of sunscreen and moisturizers, it still feels like a new line or mark appears every few days. It’s just a fact of life that as we get older, we’re going to see more wrinkles, veins, and spots from things like sun damage. Many people begin to consider cosmetic procedures in order to turn back the hands of time a bit and rejuvenate themselves.
The only issue is they don’t like the idea of plastic surgery. Anesthesia, incisions, and long recovery times just aren’t things that they’re willing to deal with. If that sounds like you, you’re in luck. There are a wide variety of minimally invasive procedures available that can help you look younger without requiring surgery.
Botox is easily the most famous injectable and has been used for decades to help people reach their skincare goals without the need for surgery. Both men and women can benefit from Botox and it has a variety of uses. For example, though it’s most well known for being an anti-aging treatment, it can also be used to stop excessive sweating.
However, let’s focus on how Botox can help you achieve a younger appearance. It’s great at reducing the appearance of moderate to severe facial lines. How it works is it paralyzes the muscles underneath where you’re experiencing your wrinkles and lines. By stopping the muscle from contracting, the skin retains a smoother looking appearance. The constant, repetitive movements in our face are how we develop things like frown lines and crow’s feet.
The number of injections you need to get your desired results vary depending on the part of the face being treated and how deep the lines are. Crow’s feet can take three injections around each eye to smooth over, while frown lines typically require five. The injections aren’t painful, but can be mildly uncomfortable. Many say they feel like quick pinch. A topical numbing solution or ice can be used though to minimize this discomfort. You’ll begin to see results in 24-48 hours following your treatment and they should last about four months.
While Botox gets a lot of the attention, it isn’t a filler. Botox is good at reducing lines and wrinkles in certain parts of the face by addressing the musculature. But, if you want a smooth and full appearance, Juvederm can help you accomplish that.
Juvederm is an injectable gel that works to reverse age related volume loss in the face. As we get older, fat deposits shift, making parts of the face look more hollow and thin. Fillers like Juvederm plump them up again, making you look more youthful. It’s perfect for cheeks and the area around the lips.
The actual injections may cause mild discomfort. Juvederm contains lidocaine, which is a numbing agent that will help reduce any discomfort. However, like with Botox, a topical numbing cream or ice is available to make you more comfortable.
Juvederm doesn’t take time to reveal its results. You’ll notice more fullness in your face right after your treatment. It’s not unusual for your results to last up to a year.
Botox and fillers are the traditional means of making your face appear more youthful without surgery, but laser treatments have become popular in recent years as well. An advantage of laser is that you don’t even need needles, which those with sensitivities can appreciate.
Laser skin rejuvenation can target spots on the face and body that have been damaged by the sun or have just become blemished by age. There are a variety of specific laser treatments that all act a little differently and target different issues. One laser treatment may be ideal for targeting brown spots, while another is perfect for getting rid of spider veins.
Regardless of the specific laser treatment, the shared similarity is that they use concentrated heat energy to penetrate into the tissue and promote the creation of collagen and elastin, which is what gives the skin its youthful tautness. As we age, our bodies produce less of these two vital proteins. By stimulating the tissue to create more via laser energy, you can reduce the appearance of blemishes.
Everyone wants to feel rejuvenated and look younger. Not everyone wants to necessarily go under the knife, though. Luckily, there are many minimally invasive and non-invasive treatments available that can help you achieve your goals without needing surgery. If you’re wondering if one of these treatments would be right for you, book an appointment online with us today to set up a consultation. Dr. Nagpal and the team at Bella Medical Aesthetics are dedicated to providing you with the information and treatments you need to look your best.