Aging skin becomes more wrinkled. A person considering a face-lift may have deep lines around the corners of the mouth and develop loose neck skin. A face-lift will remove excess fat and skin in the lower face and neck and also tighten the underlying muscle. The skin will be bruised and swollen for weeks after the procedure. Less invasive procedures are available for those who do not want to undergo a surgical procedure.
Botox is the name of a toxin produced by the bacterium clostridium botulinum. This toxin can cause botulism, which can lead to paralysis, but it has been used for years in cosmetic treatments. In diluted amounts, it will weaken the muscles in the skin. Basically, Botox blocks the signals from the nerves to the muscles, according to WebMD. The skin can no longer move, thus the wrinkles soften. It is usually used on crow's feet and forehead wrinkles. Botox is injected into the skin with a needle. The treatment lasts between four to six months. Some patients experience a temporary bruising or headaches, which disappear after 48 hours.
Thermage tightens skin and reduces wrinkles. This procedure uses radiofrequency energy, which heats up the deep layers of the skin. The heat of the procedure stimulates the body's natural skin renewal process. This helps tighten skin and form new collagen. Thermage is usually done by a cosmetic dermatologist and involves just one treatment. People see results right away. Other results, such as tightening droopy eyelids, happen after a few months, according to WebMD. Side effects include swelling, redness and tingling. Some patients have also noticed bruising.
Non-Ablative Laser Treatment
The non-ablative laser technique does not cause notable injury to the epidermis, according to e-medicine. An intense beam of light is used to stimulate the production of new collagen. The laser bypasses the outer layer of skin and works below the surface. Lines will be reduced and skin will become firmer. A person usually needs more than one treatment to achieve maximum benefits. Side effects are mild and include minor redness.
Cosmetic fillers smooth facial wrinkles. The filler is injected into the lined area. Collagen is one type of filler that has been used for many years. Other fillers include poly-L-lactic acid and hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic injection results can last up to nine months. Collagen fillers need to be done every three to six months, according to WebMD. Fat cells can also be injected into the lines and may offer permanent results. Fillers can produce side effects, such as redness or stinging. Some people are allergic to certain fillers.