Cosmetic treatments have advanced tremendously in the recent years, particularly when it comes to the treatment for facial wrinkles. It appears that we now live in a society where face wrinkles place you in a category of being ‘old’, and with more and more people now on the search for younger looking skin.
But what do wrinkle treatments involve? With so many offering the treatments, what is it you should be aware of before you opt for it? Here we take a closer look at wrinkle treatments in general.
What are wrinkle treatments?
Our skin is constantly exposed to a number of toxic substances such as automobile fumes, smoke and even the warming rays of the sun, all of which can damage the skin. This damage can result in the formation of fine lines on the skin called wrinkles, which can be cosmetically unpleasant to look at, especially if there are too many.
Wrinkle treatments are aimed at removal of wrinkles using a certain toxin called botulinum toxin. Other treatments can include chemical peels, laser treatments and even just plain old skin creams. While all of these are often used, it appears that botox injections are now becoming more and more popular. However, these days anti-wrinkle creams are being advertised all the time, so while they may be popular they may not necessarily be the most effective.
Which is the most effective treatment?
Unfortunately there is no clear answer to this question. Facial wrinkles respond differently to different treatments in different patients, so it is hard to say which one would work the best. From the available data and result, it appears that dermal fillers and botox injection have very good results, which is probably why they are so popular.
How long do treatments last for?
This depends on the type of treatment patients decide to have. Skin creams have short lived effects and need repeat application often, sometimes daily to show any effect whatsoever. More advanced treatments such as dermal fillers and botox injections can last a few months.
Cost and cost efficiency
Treatment of facial wrinkles is not cheap. Advanced techniques such as dermal fillers, skin rejuvenation methods and botox injections can cost anywhere from $300 to $3000 (or even more) depending on the person that is performing the procedure. Creams are obviously a lot cheaper but require more regular application, meaning they need to be purchased a lot more often. Cost effectiveness can only be calculated over a period of time as each patient may require treatments at different times. Overall however, it may be that botox injections and dermal fillers are the most cost effective amongst all the treatments available for face wrinkles. Some physicians believe that the CO2 laser is the most cost effective measure.
Downtime following procedures
Skin creams for wrinkles have no downtime whatsoever. However, amongst the more advanced treatments of facial wrinkles, it appears that microdermabrasion probably has the least downtime. Having said that, this does not make microdermabrasion the best treatment as multiple treatments are required that can be rather uncomfortable to the patient.
Wrinkle treatments for facial wrinkles are many. Each of them has their own upsides and downsides. The ultimate choice will depend on the patient, what they can afford, what they are prepared to undergo and the experience of the treating healthcare professional.
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