Botox, hyaluronic acid and other solutions for treating wrinkles
While it’s true that fine lines and wrinkles are an inevitable consequence of the passage of time, they can also appear during our youth. In this case, we refer to them as expression lines. Wrinkles can also be a reflection of a lifestyle that isn’t particularly focused on healthy habits. Stress, smoking, a poor diet and excessive exposure to the sun are all factors that can accelerate or aggravate premature aging of the skin.
Of course, you can start adopting a routine that will allow you to slow down this process, not to mention the many other benefits a healthy lifestyle will provide beyond more radiant skin. Cosmetic treatments could also be an attractive alternative. But bear in mind that they can only delay or soften your wrinkles; they can’t erase them. So what recourse do you have against those deep-set wrinkles that make you look old and tired?
Among all of the cosmetic techniques, Botox is the gold standard, closely followed by hyaluronic acid. However, you should know that there are a great number of increasingly innovative solutions to help you respond to these concerns.
How can you preserve your face’s youthful appearance? Learn more about the available wrinkle treatments on the market and contact a specialist to evaluate your skin.
Botox and hyaluronic acid injections: to relax and redesign
Botulinum toxin is a protein derived from a bacterium. It’s main function is to relax the muscles of the face to reduce their contractions and thus counter those infamous expression lines. A true muscle relaxer, Botox is without a doubt the best-known example, with effects that have a long track record of success. It’s often recommended for eliminating or reducing furrows on the forehead, frown lines between the eyebrows, fine lines around the mouth and crow’s feet around the eyes. This treatment, which is administered through injections, is only mildly uncomfortable, and while side effects, such as redness, swelling and bruising, can occur, they quickly diminish.
Hyaluronic acid, a substance that’s naturally present in the human body, is a filling agent used to smooth wrinkles, fill in folds, enhance the features of the face and redefine its contours. It’s particularly recognized for its efficiency at minimizing wrinkles at the corners of the mouth, nasolabial folds (from the nose to the mouth) and hollows (especially dark circles). It’s a precise, localized procedure that restores volume and hydration to the face. Collagen is another protein found in the body. It ensures the cohesion, elasticity and regeneration of all the tissues of the skin. However, this product is used much less frequently, as it can trigger allergic reactions in certain individuals.
Both of these products, which are administered in the form of injections, offer nearly immediate results that remain visible for up to two years. They have a two-in-one targeted action: they reduce the appearance of wrinkles, restoring firmness and freshness to the face, and they eliminate the tired look that’s an inevitable result of a loss of volume.
The latest injection techniques can even create a tightening effect and remodel the jawline.
Peels and lifts: toning and regenerating
A superficial peel is undeniably the best skin maintenance treatment. It consists of exfoliating the superficial layers of the skin to improve a dull complexion and minimize the appearance of wrinkles. For deeper action, a chemical peel is preferable, as it renews the skin through the application of an acid that burns away the uppermost layer of the epidermis. By eliminating fine lines and discoloration while promoting regeneration, it helps the skin regain its radiance and uniform tone. Although the procedure requires no anesthesia or hospitalization, you should expect some redness, which will quickly disappear. If you protect yourself from the sun, the results will be noticeable after three or four sessions and will last approximately one year.
A facelift consists of literally lifting the skin and underlying muscles, stretching them upward and smoothing out any wrinkles. While this technique yields impressive, long-lasting results, it’s very invasive.
That’s why many clients prefer a thread lift, sometimes also called a “lunchtime lift”. This new surgical technique, which requires no incision and thus leaves no scars, is well on its way to surpassing the classic facelift in popularity. While the patient is under local anesthesia, the practitioner inserts biodegradable synthetic threads under the skin. The technician then pulls the threads upward to create the desired amount of tension, generating the smoothing effect that will sustain and tone the oval of the face.
By stimulating the production of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid, this process relies on the body’s natural tissue repair mechanisms. More uncomfortable than painful, it can cause some slight redness and inflammation. The procedure, which lasts between 30 and 45 minutes, is recommendable in the case of a “sunken” face. The body will reabsorb the threads after 4 months, leaving the skin rejuvenated, minimizing fine lines and wrinkles and improving the texture, tone and elasticity of the skin for a period of approximately 12 months.
Anti-aging therapies: renewing, firming and stimulating
An ablative fractional laser emits short bursts of light to treat wrinkles without damaging the adjacent skin. These pulses stimulate the production of collagen by means of the natural scarring process, improving the texture of the skin and eliminating wrinkles, scars and dark patches.
Perfectly painless, radiofrequency targets all of the imperfections of the skin, particularly the lines around the mouth, in the deep layers of the dermis. Like other treatments, it stimulates the production of collagen to tighten and remodel the contours of the face, while also promoting microcirculation in the tissues to increase oxygenation.
The last technique that works specifically through the production of collagen is the ultrasound treatment. The sound waves, emitted by an applicator, reach different layers of the skin, triggering its natural rejuvenating mechanisms via thermal response.
All of these solutions offer the advantage of minimal discomfort and limited side effects. However, you shouldn’t expect the visible results to last for more than six months.
As you can see, there are numerous anti-wrinkle treatments, some with very specific actions, others with complementary actions, and all with varying degrees durability. Now that you have a good overview of the possibilities open to you, take the time to discuss them with a cosmetic practitioner. When it comes to advice, well-being and excellence, Clinique Jean Gilbert has a well-established reputation. With compassion and attentiveness, the professionals will help you find the perfect treatment to suit your needs, bringing renewed vitality, a radiant glow and a smile to your face.
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