DIFFERENT APPROACHES TO WRINKLE REMOVAL: Laser, Microneedling, Botox, Fillers and PDO threads


Laser, Microneedling, Botox, Fillers and PDO threads

Taking care of the health is very important, caring for one’s health does not only require dieting or exercising, it also requires taking care of the outer appearance as well. When you are not satisfied with your facial look, it may result in depression and this causes low self –esteem – which is also unhealthy.

One of the few things that can affect our facial appearance is wrinkles, wrinkles are inevitable and they are caused by aging and other factors. Wrinkles make the face look older and can be uncomfortable, especially when you are not as old as you look. To reduce or remove wrinkle, people seek for several solutions.

There are several ways to remove wrinkles successfully and have a youthful look again. The various technological innovation and scientific inventions available these days has made it easy to achieve a wrinkle-free face with little cost. There are four major approaches to the removal of wrinkles. In this article, detailed information about these approaches will be discussed in order to help you arrive at a suitable decision when weighing your options.


What is Fraxel laser?

Fraxel laser involves the use of numerous microscopic thermal spots to treat skin issues such as wrinkles and spots. This innovative approach allows the treatment of small fractions of the skin gradually to enable the fast and natural healing of the skin.  The laser energy in the Fraxel treatment helps to remove old epidermal cells on the skin surface while penetrating into the dermis in order to stimulate natural body healing and enable the production of new collagen growth. With this treatment, any form of skin imperfection is easily replaced.

How many types of Fraxel laser exist?

There are only two types of Fraxel laser, which includes the ablative and the non-ablative method. The ablative measure is designed to address severe skin damages with little risks and complications. The ablative method involves the use a high-intensity carbon dioxide (Co2) laser in order to vaporize unwanted tissue. The ablative measure delivers a very fast result and a short recovery period. The non-ablative on the other hand requires numerous treatment procedure with a modest result this not as fast as the ablative method.

What skin problem does the Fraxel laser treat?

The Fraxel laser is used to treat age spots, wrinkles, dyschromia, and wrinkles.

Does the procedure take time?

The treatment takes between 2 to 3 hours while the actual laser itself lasts between 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Does the laser have any negative side effect?

Fraxel laser does not have any side effect and there are no post inflammatory pigmentations well.  What most patients complain about is the pinkish-reddish discoloration that appears on the treated skin area for few days after the treatment and this is normal because of the stress that skin area has been open to during treatment.

Doe the treatment hurt?

Generally, there is no serious pain attached to the treatment, all that is felt during or after treatment is usually stinging. Patients are usually given tropical anesthetic ointment to dissipate the pain and discomfort. Doctors also give patients Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen before the treatment to reduce stings.

Can the treatment be combined with other wrinkle removal treatment?

Yes, the treatment can be combined with other procedures such as Botox, fillers and many others, however, it is best to start laser treatment after two weeks or more of using other non-invasive treatments in order for them to work properly and to be sure you still need other treatments as well.

Is there a recommended age bracket for this treatment?

Significantly, the treatment is meant for people of age 30 and above with damaged skin, lines and wrinkles, age spots, sun spots, discoloration, and so much more.

Do I need many treatments to clear my wrinkles?

For an effective treatment, it is better to do the procedure for about 3 to 5 times, this can be done within 2 or 4 weeks.


What is MFR?

MFR is an innovative technology that helps to restructure the skin’s dermal collagen matrix. The treatment works by using the Radiofrequency energy to penetrate deeply into the dermis with the use of tiny gold needles that carry energy straight into the lower skin layers. This, in turn, stimulates the release of the skin’s natural collagen and induces elastin production. The released collagen restructures the skin layers to bring about a spot and wrinkle-free skin.

What does MFR do?

MFR treatment helps to improve the general appearance of the skin, it helps to tighten the pores and rejuvenate the skin as well as improve the skin laxity. It does not only treat wrinkles, it also improves the appearance of scars from stretch marks and acne or post-surgery scars.

If I am not comfortable with the needling process, are there other alternatives?

Yes, there are other alternatives; the other alternative is a non-needle fractional radiofrequency applicant. The procedure involves the use of a pinpointed handpiece to export-focused radiofrequency energy to both the dermis and the epidermis. The process helps to stimulate the release of elastin and collagen necessary for the treatment of skin problems. It helps to tighten the skin texture and remove damaged skin cells.

Are there people exempted from this treatment?

Patients that are pregnant, lactating or have epilepsy, vascular disease, skin cancer, scleroderma, eczema, keratosis, immunosuppression disease and a few other selected patients with diseases or conditions are exempted from this treatment. When considering this treatment, it is best to consult your doctor to know if you can go ahead with the plan without any medical implication and find out if you have any of these conditions or diseases.

How many recommends treatments do I have to go for?

Most treatments are done 5 times to achieve the best result. It usually takes about six-week interval for each treatment; this is to allow skin rejuvenation as well as the collagen and elastin production.

Are there any side effects of Microneedling fractional radio frequency?

MFR does not have any side effect that is serious, however, you could experience mild swelling and redness after the treatment which can last for a few days, a cooling gel can easily take care of this side effect


What is Botox?

Botox is a treatment that helps to improve the appearance of wrinkles temporarily. Botox contains tiny, highly purified botulinum toxin (protein). Botox is in a class of drugs called neurotoxins and it is used for therapeutic muscle relaxation.

How does Botox work?

Botox works by targeting the main parts that are causing wrinkles and fine lines.  Specifically the areas of muscle contraction that is responsible for the crow feet and frown lines. It works by injecting the targeted muscles with Botox in order to temporarily reduce any muscle activity

What are fillers?

Fillers are injectable treatments for the removal of wrinkles and expression lines.

How many types of fillers are there?

There are 3 types of fillers they include Juvederm which is a dermal filler that treats wrinkles though gel implants. Restylane, which also treats facial folds and wrinkles, has more effect than Radiesse and collagen. Radiesse is also a dermal filler that is made from calcium-based microspheres that are injected into the skin.

How long do fillers and Botox last?

Fillers last for at least 12 months and it depends on the type of filler while Botox lasts for 4 to 6 months

Do fillers and Botox hurt?

Fillers and Botox do not hurt, however, patients will feel a minor discomfort such as pinch or numbness. Patients are usually given tropical anesthetics before the commencement of the procedure.

How long does each treatment take?

Fillers and Botox treatment take between 15 to 20 minutes of your time.


What is PDO Threading?

PDO Threading is a procedure that involves the use of specialized threads from Polydioxanone to treat wrinkles. Threads are injected into the skin or muscles with the use of a needle to tighten life and rejuvenate the skin.

What areas does PDO Threading treat?

The treatment treats overall looks from sagging neck, cheeks and jowls as well as droopy eyebrows.

Is the procedure painful?

The treatment does not cause any serious pain; however, to avoid discomfort, patients are often given numbing cream before treatment. At the end of the treatment, the pain is usually minimal. Due to the use of needles involved in the treatment, patients can also experience, redness, swelling or bruising as well.

How long does the treatment last?

Once done, the PDO procedure can last for 1 to 2 years. You will see the effects instantly after the treatment.

Generally, there are now various options to choose from when considering treating your wrinkles, it is best to consult an expert for proper advice on the option to choose especially when you have a particular medical condition. Your doctor can also recommend the best places to get these services.


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