Different Non-Surgical Cosmetic Procedures for Reducing Fine Lines and Wrinkles
There comes a point in life where one cannot escape the signs of ageing. Wrinkles, spots, and fine lines on the skin will appear regardless of sun damage or smoking. They can appear simply through frowning and laughing. Since the world is essentially built by and around the youth, oneâ€™s sense of worth is often attached to looking younger. Through scientifically developed cosmetic procedures, people can reverse the symptoms of aging and feel rejuvenated. Wrinkles and fine lines generally appear in middle age. This is the age where most people would prefer not to bring about any drastic changes to their visage. Non-surgical cosmetic procedures are to a certain extent convenient alternatives to plastic surgery. Besides, they are inexpensive, take less time to recover from, and are considered less risky. Following are some of the widely used non-surgical cosmetic procedures for reducing fine lines and wrinkles:
Botox Botulinum toxin when injected into the muscles temporarily paralyses them. This relaxes the muscles and prevents the skin covering it from wrinkling or creasing up. The lines on the forehead that become more pronounced during the expressions of frown or surprise become less pronounced as they get smoothened by the toxin. Botox has its limitation when it comes to sun-damaged or sagging skin. The effects are delayed by a few days and last initially for four to six months and longer if the treatment is continued.
Injectable Fillers Unlike Botox injections that are meant to relax the muscles under the wrinkled skin, injectable fillers fill the creases with one of the manifold substances. This causes the wrinkles and the creases to seemingly disappear. They are quite frequently used as volumizers; making lips look fuller, lifting and plumping the sagging skin on hands and cheeks. The most widely used type of injectable fillers is hyaluronic acid.
Chemical Peel This procedure involves the application of an acid solution which exfoliates the outer layers of the skin. A combination of lactic, glycolic, salicylic and trichloroacetic (TCA) acids are used to prepare the solution. It can be applied in less than fifteen minutes and may sometimes cause irritation and stinging. Over the course of the next few days, the uppermost layer of the skin starts to peel off, leaving a newer, smoother and more youthful looking skin.
Fraxel Laser Often known as non-ablative laser therapy by medical professionals, this procedure is generally recommended for younger patients. This non-invasive laser procedure integrates fractional skin resurfacing. The FDA-approved blue tint is applied, following which an ointment that acts as topical anesthetic is applied one hour prior to the treatment. It replaces sun damaged skin with new skin, by triggering the production of newer, healthier skin cells and collagen.
Among other non-surgical cosmetic procedures that help with wrinkles and fine lines are microdermabrasion, thermage, and intense pulsed light (IPL).