DIFFERENT APPROACHES TO WRINKLE REMOVAL:
Laser, Microneedling, Botox, Fillers, and PDO threads
Taking care of health is very important; caring for one’s health does not only require dieting or exercising, but it also requires taking care of the outer appearance. When you are not satisfied with your facial look, it may result in depression, which causes low self–esteem – which is also unhealthy.
One of the few things that can affect our facial appearance is wrinkles. Wrinkles are inevitable, caused by aging and other factors. Wrinkles make a face look older and uncomfortable, especially when you are not as old as you look. To reduce or remove wrinkles, people seek several solutions.
There are several ways to remove wrinkles successfully and have a youthful look again. The various technological innovations and scientific inventions available have 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 to help you arrive at a suitable decision when weighing your options.
What is Fraxel laser?
Fraxel laser involves using numerous microscopic thermal spots to treat skin issues such as wrinkles and spots. This innovative approach gradually allows the treatment of small fractions of the skin to enable the fast and natural healing of the skin. The laser energy in the Fraxel treatment helps remove old epidermal cells on the skin surface while penetrating the dermis 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, including the ablative and the non-ablative methods. The ablative measure addresses severe skin damages with few risks and complications. The ablative method involves using a high-intensity carbon dioxide (Co2) laser 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 procedures with a modest result. This is not as fast as the ablative method.
What skin problem does the Fraxel laser treat?
The Fraxel laser treats age spots, wrinkles, dyschromia, and wrinkles.
Does the procedure take time?
The treatment takes between 2 to 3 hours, while the actual laser lasts 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Does the laser have any negative side effects?
Fraxel laser does not have any side effects, and there are no post inflammatory pigmentations. Most patients complain about the pinkish-reddish discoloration that appears on the treated skin area for a few days after the treatment. This is normal because of the stress that the skin area has been open to during treatment.
Does the treatment hurt?
Generally, no serious pain is attached to the treatment; all that is felt during or after treatment is usually stinging. Patients are usually given topical 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 treatments?
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 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 aged 30 and above with damaged skin, lines, wrinkles, age spots, sun spots, discoloration, etc.
Do I need many treatments to clear my wrinkles?
For effective treatment, it is better to do the procedure about 3 to 5 times, which can be done within 2 or 4 weeks.
MICRONEEDLING FRACTIONAL RADIOFREQUENCY (MFR)
What is MFR?
MFR is an innovative technology that helps restructure the skin’s dermal collagen matrix. The treatment works by using Radiofrequency energy to penetrate deeply into the dermis using 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 create spot and wrinkle-free skin.
What does MFR do?
MFR treatment helps improve the general appearance of the skin, and it helps to tighten the pores, rejuvenate the skin, and improve 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 using a pinpointed handpiece to export-focused radiofrequency energy to both the dermis and the epidermis. The process helps 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?
Pregnant, lactating patients with epilepsy, vascular disease, skin cancer, scleroderma, eczema, keratosis, immunosuppression disease, and a few other patients with diseases or conditions are exempted from this treatment. When considering this treatment, it is best to consult your doctor (or injection-certified pharmacists) 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 recommended treatments do I have to go for?
Most treatments are done five times to achieve the best result. It usually takes about a six-week interval for each treatment; this is to allow skin rejuvenation and collagen and elastin production.
Are there any side effects of Microneedling fractional radiofrequency?
MFR does not have any serious side effects. However, you could experience mild swelling and redness after the treatment, which can last for a few days; a cooling gel can easily prevent this side effect.
- FILLER AND BOTOX
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 causing wrinkles and fine lines. Specifically, the muscle contraction areas are responsible for the crow feet and frown lines. It works by injecting the targeted muscles with Botox to reduce any muscle activity temporarily.
What are fillers?
Fillers are injectable treatments for the removal of wrinkles and expression lines.
How many types of fillers are there?
There are three types of fillers: Juvederm, a dermal filler that treats wrinkles through 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 no fillers and Botox hurt?
Fillers and Botox do not hurt. However, patients will feel minor discomforts 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.
- PDO THREADING
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 using 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, and droopy eyebrows.
Is the procedure painful?
The treatment does not cause any serious pain; however, patients are often given numbing cream before the treatment to avoid discomfort. 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.
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, and 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 (or injection-certified pharmacists) can also recommend the best places to get these services.
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