July 9, 2014
Many people would like to look younger but few people can find the time, given our busy, fast-paced, and highly active lifestyles, to take days off to recover from an extensive surgical procedure. Fortunately, I offer a wide array of non-surgical facial rejuvenation options that require minimal downtime and can provide subtle and elegant changes perfect for those not quite ready for the more comprehensive changes that full surgery may entail. In fact, given so many different options, it may be difficult to determine which is best suited to your needs. So here is a comparison of the most popular facial rejuvenation treatments to help you determine exactly which one is right for you.
|Brand Name:||Botox® Cosmetic|
|What does it do?||Relaxes the wrinkle causing facial muscles between and around the eyes and along the forehead, reducing the appearance of crow’s feet and the fine lines and wrinkles in the forehead created by expression.|
|How long does it take?||The actual time of the procedure can vary depending on the amount of area being treated, but is generally an average of 15 minutes. You can usually begin to see results a couple days after treatment.|
|What’s the downtime?||You can expect to resume your normal activities immediately after the procedure; however, avoid rubbing or massaging the treated area or lying down for several hours, as this can cause the medication to migrate.|
|How long do the effects last?||Depending on the area being treated, effects can last an average of four to six months.|
|Brand Names:||Juvéderm®, Restylane®, and Voluma™|
|What do they do?||Restore lost volume and plumpness to areas of the face such as the cheeks, around the mouth, and the lips with hyaluronic acid and stimulating collagen production.|
|How long does it take?||Effects are apparent in 15 to 30 minutes depending upon the area treated.|
|What’s the downtime?||You can expect to resume your normal activities immediately after the procedure.|
|How long do the effects last?||Six to 24 months, depending on the specific brand used and areas treated.|
|Laser Skin Resurfacing|
|What does it do?||Removes the old and damaged upper layers of skin to reveal newer, younger looking skin beneath – in the process, this removes unwanted wrinkles, sunspots, hair, and moles while improving the appearance of scars and stimulating collagen production. The procedure is safe and effective on patients of all ages and skin types.|
|How long does it take?||A typical session is 15 to 45 minutes, depending on the areas being treated. However, full results may require multiple sessions for some conditions.|
|What’s the downtime?||Minor swelling can be expected as well as a mild itching or burning sensation over the next few days. Skin may become dry and begin to peel during the healing process which can last for several days.|
|How long do the effects last?||After the procedure, the amount of time it takes for the new skin to show signs of damage or age depends on the patient’s long term care and maintenance.|
There are a number of effective treatments that can be incorporated into your daily routine to additionally help take care of your skin. In my recent two-part skin care series, I detail “the good, the not so good and the bad” side of skin care products that I recommend to my patients who wish to further maintain their facial rejuvenation results.
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