What Can Non-surgical Treatments Do?
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Modern beauty standards encourage us to embrace ourselves for who we are in ways we’ve never been able to before.
That means that we are able to look for new ways to improve our appearance so that we can look and feel better.
For millions of patients, BOTOX® Cosmetic offers a path to self-improvement by rejuvenating their look while avoiding costly, invasive surgery.
What Is BOTOX® Cosmetic?
In the wild, toxins are typically used as a defense mechanism by a variety of species to cause harm.
But years of research have harnessed that power into what we now know as BOTOX® Cosmetic and similar non-surgical treatments.
What makes them so effective is the use of a neurotoxin called botulinum toxin type A. This toxin blocks signals from nerves to muscles, preventing them from contracting.
Products like BOTOX® Cosmetic harness that toxin and work almost as a type of muscle relaxer, softening wrinkles throughout the face.
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The benefits BOTOX® Cosmetic provides are designed to create both immediate and long-term improvements to the skin.
While the immediate effects are not permanent, getting repeat BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments means your muscles are less prone to contracting.
Fewer wrinkles form and existing wrinkles start to look smoother. Skin grows firmer and tighter over time.
What Does BOTOX® Cosmetic Treat?
- Lines between the eyes (glabellar lines)
- Fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes (crows feet)
- Lines on the forehead and upper brow
- Facial creases
- Frown lines
Can BOTOX® Cosmetic and Fillers Work Together?
Injectable fillers are rapidly growing in prominence.
Fillers are designed to do what their name implies: fill and plump areas in need of volume.
BOTOX® Cosmetic can be used together with fillers to enhance facial features without the need for surgery.
What Fillers Can I Use?
Fillers you can use with BOTOX® Cosmetic include:
- Hyaluronic acid fillers (Restylane®, Juvèderm®, Perlane®, Belotero®, and others)
- Calcium hydroxyapatite fillers (Radiesse®)
- Collagen stimulators (Sculptra®)
- Fat cells (via fat transfer)
Some fillers are better for deep injection, creating volume in much-needed hollow areas, while others do their work by stimulating the skin’s own regrowth response.
Facial Laser Resurfacing and Chemical Peels
Non-surgical treatments are rising in popularity as we enter a new decade.
Their convenience, minimal downtime, and effective results make them a beauty powerhouse in the making.
There’s a wide range of options now available for people who want to rejuvenate aging skin or remove acne scars or dark spots.
Dr. Guy offers several such services at her new Palm Bay, FL, office, all aimed at giving her patients the radiant, youthful look they desire.
What Is Facial Laser Resurfacing?
Scientists extracted the first laser beam from a ruby rod back in 1960. The new technology swiftly advanced to include use in various capacities, including medical.
By the 1990s, doctors were figuring out ways to use these powerful beams of light for cosmetic rejuvenating benefits to great success, becoming what we know as laser resurfacing today.
Laser treatments can be specialized and put to use for various cosmetic means, including hair removal, pigment correction, and even vascular treatments.
What Can Laser Resurfacing Do for Skin?
The light beams used in lasers penetrate the surface of the skin from within to remove damage.
As the skin heals, it starts up a natural regenerative process that includes collagen production, the compound that creates youthful-looking skin.
Wrinkles begin to smooth, dark sunspots fade, and acne or other aggravating conditions are mitigated as laser resurfacing does its work.
Laser resurfacing can be used for:
- Fine lines or wrinkles around the eyes, forehead or mouth
- Scars from acne or other skin conditions
- Aged or sun-damaged skin
- Liver spots
Laser resurfacing is a remarkably convenient way to improve how the skin looks. Treatment sessions can last from a few minutes to two hours, depending on the area treated.
Discomfort from treatments is typically minimal, but some numbing cream may be used if needed.
There will more than likely be some peeling and itching as the newly treated skin heals, along with other side effects like redness or some swelling. It’s important to protect treated skin as it heals.
The skin should be fully healed and looking brighter, radiant, and smoother within a few days to a few weeks, depending on the depth of treatment.
What Are Chemical Peels?
There’s a 90s revival going on as we enter the new decade, with trends like choker necklaces and lip gloss coming back in a fierce new way.
Chemical peels, a favorite treatment of this era, are also emerging as a fresh new way to treat and improve skin.
Using a mixture of chemical solutions that range in degrees of concentration, chemical peels pack a rejuvenating punch that clears and smooths skin irregularities for beautiful radiance.
There’s a variety of chemical peel services Dr. Guy offers, including deeper chemical peels that require longer healing times. Whatever the choice, a chemical peel can be a great way to regenerate skin.
What Can Chemical Peels Do For Skin?
Chemical peels use specialized acids that essentially slough off the damaged outer layers of skin to improve and smooth texture.
They are powerful tools against acne, removing scars, and killing off the bacteria that cause breakouts in the first place.
Chemical peels can:
- Reduce hyperpigmentation
- Improve acne and acne scars
- Smooth fine lines and wrinkles
- Remove brown spots
- Improve rough or scaly skin
- Brighten and improve skin tone and texture
A chemical peel ranges in intensity, from light peels used to remove light signs of damage to peels that penetrate the deepest layers of skin.
Depending on this level, patients can experience a recovery that’s minimal or one that involves a slightly longer healing process.
Skin after a chemical peel will be irritated, swollen, and extremely sensitive. It also might peel and itch as it heals and a new layer of improved skin appears.
With most chemical peels, the treated skin is fully healed within a few days after treatment. A deeper chemical peel may require more time to fully heal from.
Lasers, Peels, and Other Non-surgical Treatments
One of the advantages non-surgical treatments have over more invasive methods is incredible versatility.
Many can be combined together or done one right after the other for the ultimate in rejuvenation.
For example, Dr. Guy and her team of aestheticians can combine chemical peels with other facial treatments to get patients the best improvement.
Laser resurfacing can be done in conjunction with other minimally invasive treatments, like BOTOX® Cosmetic or injectable fillers.
Dr. Guy can help determine what treatments are right for you and can safely be combined for maximum effectiveness.
Interested In Learning More?
Dr. Guy sees patients for BOTOX® Cosmetic in her Melbourne, Florida, office, and will soon be seeing patients in her new Palm Bay office.