Are you wondering if you should opt for Botox or laser treatments? The short answer to this question is both are excellent treatments to treat and prevent fine lines, wrinkles, and dynamic expression lines.
Botox vs. Lasers
First, it’s important to understand what each treatment does and how.
How Does Botox Work
Botox is the branded name for a botulinum toxin which is injected into the muscles below the skin to gently relax them. By relaxing the muscles that create dynamic movement in the face, the skin won’t crease and fold in those expression lines. Within a few weeks of the treatment, these lines will begin to soften. The lines will soften to varying degrees based on how deep the wrinkles were to begin with.
Common areas for Botox treatment include horizontal lines on the forehead, vertical lines between the brows, and around the eyes and mouth. With a skilled injector, your face will still be expressive and able to move in ways that it is not obvious you have had injections. Botox, and similar products such as Dysport, require routine injections typically every four months, but vary from person to person.
How Do Medical Aesthetics Lasers Work?
Lasers can be used to improve fine lines and wrinkles and tighten the skin by subjecting the skin to laser pulses that reach deep within the tissue. The pulses essentially cause damage to the collagen in the skin using heat. By damaging the old collagen, the body sends a healing cascade which includes new collagen to the site of injury. This new collagen will heal the area and provide additional structure and elasticity to the skin, therefore helping with fine lines, wrinkles and laxity.
Different types of laser energy can also be used to address discolouration such as sun damage, melasma, and rosacea. Results from laser treatments typically take from a few weeks to a few months to be fully present. The results last from months to years depending on lifestyle factors including sun protection, age, and overall health, but generally require follow up visits to maintain results.
An excellent course of treatment is to complete a series of laser treatments to address past damage and begin healing and supporting the skin with new collagen, and then proceed with routine Botox injections to prevent lines and wrinkles from reforming.
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