When you want to get back to your youthful glow, there are several facial treatments that can help. Dermal fillers, Botox treatments, diamond abrasion, facial implants, and chemical peels are among the most popular. Here’s what you should know about each treatment and what you can expect.
Dermal fillers are products like Juvederm and Restylane, which are injected into your skin to provide a more plumped appearance. These can be used for several different purposes, including to minimize the look of lines and wrinkles or even to help add contouring. You may require several treatments for the best possible results, and most fillers have a lifespan of six to 12 months. These require little to no downtime, and patients may experience some swelling and soreness at the injection sites.
Botox is by far the most popular injectable facial treatment today. It contains botulinum toxin, which essentially helps your facial muscles relax. In turn, you’ll notice fewer lines and wrinkles, which improves your youthful appearance. Botox injections will need to be repeated every three to 12 months, depending on your personal preferences, and they may cause a bit of discomfort at the injection site for the first 24 to 48 hours following the procedure.
Diamond abrasion is a highly sophisticated form of microdermabrasion, which uses manual exfoliation to essentially remove your outermost layer of skin. Often, this layer contains dead cells, which can make your skin look dull and tired, or even emphasizes the appearance of lines and wrinkles. During diamond abrasion, your doctor will use a diamond-tipped wand to abrade your skin and help reveal the youthful glow beneath that first layer.
Facial implants require more invasive procedures, and while they’re more expensive at the outset, they can save money over time if you want to maintain a youthful, contoured look. Chin and cheek implants are incredibly popular, and they can provide the look of plumped, full skin. In many cases, implants can smooth fine lines and wrinkles, too, which improves your youthful look. Your recovery time will vary based on the implant type and area.
A chemical peel is designed to have much the same results as microdermabrasion. Instead of abrading the skin manually with a wand or laser, your doctor will apply a chemical solution to your skin that will cause it to exfoliate on its own. Whereas microdermabrasion is best for minor imperfections, chemical peels are best for serious skin problems, including deeper wrinkles, acne scars, and discoloration. These can have some recovery time, but everyone responds differently. Talk to your doctor about what you should expect from your chemical peel.
As you can see, there are several facial procedures that can help you get back your youthful glow. Some are quite simple and take only a few minutes in your doctor’s office, and others are a bit more invasive and will require more recovery time. Talk to your plastic surgeon today to learn more about the options available to you.
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