According to Medical News Today, BOTOX® is just one of several trade names for neurotoxic protein (botulinum toxin), which is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. The protein is used in cosmetic medicine is used to treat* moderate to severe brown furrow, also referred to as glabellar lines. It can also be used to treat* uncontrolled blinking, lazy eye, wrinkles and facial creases.
A small amount of diluted botulinum toxin is used to help control weakened facial muscles. It is sold commercially under the name BOTOX®, along with other trade names, such as BTXA, Dysport, Myobloc, Neurobloc, Xeomin, Botox Cosmetic and Vistabel.
When superficial layers of skin are removed using a rapidly abrasive tool, it is called dermabrasion. It is a technique in cosmetic surgery. Dermabrasion is usually performed in professional medical setting. It can be described as a surgical skin planning performed by either a plastic surgeon or a dermatologist. Dermabrasion is different than microdermabrasion, which is a non-surgical treatment that can be performed at home.
In the early days of the face lift, they only tightened the skin, but today, face lifts reposition the facial muscle, skin and fat. Patients who are starting to show the signs of aging, but have elasticity left are the best candidates for face lifts. Face lift surgeries are not covered by health insurance, because it is surgery that is not done for a medical reason. In fact, getting a face lift can sometimes affect your future insurance coverage, so this is something you should look into before making the decision to go ahead with it. Supplemental insurance may be available to cover treatment for complications of cosmetic surgery.
Laser resurfacing can be used to reduce* wrinkles and skin irregularities on the face. Common skin irregularities treated with laser resurfacing include acne scars and blemishes. During the procedure, short, concentrated beams of light are aimed at irregular skin. This technique removes* skin layer by layer. This procedure is sometimes called lasabrasion, laser peel or laser vaporization. Patients with fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes and mouth or on the forehead make good candidates for laser resurfacing. Some patients with shallow acne scars or non-responsive skin after a face lift are also good candidates.
As scary is it may sound, a chemical peel actually damages the surface of your skin, but it does so in a controlled manner. The result is a superficial wound. Your body will go through the natural healing process, thus repairing the damage and improving* your skin’s overall appearance. Depending on what type of skin problem you have, different types of chemical peels can be used. Patients with damaged skin from ultraviolet sunlight are the best candidates for chemical peels. Risks include scarring, infection and undesirable color changes. Chemical peels are sometimes used in conjunction with other destructive techniques, such as laser or dermabrasion treatments.
There are more than one injectable filler available. Neuromuscular toxins are sometimes used to treat* active lines or age associated wrinkles in the beginning stages. This treatment temporarily weakens or paralyzes the muscle causing the wrinkle. Botox Cosmetic® was the first neurotoxin recognized and approved for cosmetic use in the United States.
The second option for injectable fillers is soft tissue fillers. With this option, there are many choices available. These injectables are useful for treating firmly established wrinkles or larger lines of facial aging. Nasolabial folds are one example. Fine lines can be smoothed out on the surface of the skin with this treatment.
Softform is used to correct deep naso-labial folds, as well as other facial folds, and for lip augmentation. This treatment is not recommended for the treatment of fine wrinkles. Softform is an injectable implant made out of a hollow tube that is placed under the desired area. Corrective tissue will hopefully grow from both openings of the tube so that no discoloration will occur. The implant is easy to remove* if desired at a later point in time. The incisions used during the procedure are practically invisible. No water can be applied to the incisions for 1 to 2 days after the procedure so that the incisions can heal.
Micro crystals is a natural treatment that can be completed as a home treatment. It is considered to be a gentle physical exfoliant that uses gentle microdermabrasion crystals that help smooth fine facial lines, reduce* clogged pores, lift discoloration due to sun damage or acne and create a more evenly-toned skin. It can also be used on the neck and chest to smooth fine lines and wrinkles. Micro crystal products are typically all natural. There are a number of different options available for purchase.
Wrinkle creams are typically over-the-counter topical creams used on the facial area to reduce* the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. There are a lot of controversy surrounding wrinkle creams and whether or not they actually work. Although some wrinkle creams may temporarily help the situation, they are not a replacement for cosmetic surgery. According to WebMD, collagen plays an important role in how your skin ages. It is the support structure that keeps your skin firm and young in appearance. The more plentiful your levels of collagen are, the younger your skin looks. Researchers believe that regularly applying topical peptides to the skin can help the skin produce more collagen on its own. The effect would be similar to what you get from wrinkle injections.
There are many different types of best wrinkle treatmentsavailable, both invasive and non-invasive. What treatment you choose should be dependent on what types of wrinkles you have, the severity of the wrinkles and the extent of the damage. It is a good idea to investigate all options before making your choice. Your family doctor can be a big help in setting you in the right direction. You also may want to speak with a dermatologist, especially if you think plastic surgery is the option you want to go with. There may be other less invasive options to try first.