What are the treatment options for wrinkles?
Removing skin layers to reduce wrinkles or irregular depressions is an effective way to regain smoother, more youthful looking skin. Dermabrasion (scraping layers away) and chemical peels (dissolving skin away) are two of the traditional methods used in skin resurfacing. On the flipside, additional techniques have been developed to repair pre-maturely aging skin.
Laser skin resurfacing
Laser skin resurfacing is a treatment to reduce facial wrinkles and irregularities caused by sun damage. The laser technique directs short, concentrated pulsating beams of light at irregular skin. Laser skin resurfacing removes skin very precisely, layer by layer, resulting in fewer problems with hypopigmentation (lightening of skin).
Who is a good candidate for laser resurfacing?
If you have fine lines or wrinkles around or under the eyes, the forehead, the mouth, or scars from acne, or non-responsive skin after a facelift, then you are an ideal candidate for laser skin resurfacing. If you have active acne, you are not a candidate, nor is this technique recommended for stretch marks.
Exposure to the sun after this treatment should be avoided for three months.
Botox R injection therapy
Botox R is a medicine derived from the botulinum toxin that controls a muscle's ability to squeeze. Botox R is injected into the muscles whose contractions cause the wrinkles between the eyebrows and the lines that radiate from the corner of the eyes (crow's feet).
What are the risks associated with BotoxR?
There might be temporary redness, bruising, or stinging around the injection site(s). In rare cases, there might be a slight lid droop for several days after the injection, but all reported side effects have been temporary.
The treatment lasts for approximately four months. When the Botox R wears off, the muscles again become active and the wrinkles will begin to reform. The treatment would then be repeated. If you choose not to repeat the injections, your wrinkles will return no worse than they were initially.