The appearance of wrinkles on the skin is a natural sign that our bodies are ageing. Contrary to popular belief, wrinkles do not only appear as we age; many factors can contribute to these unsightly lines and sunken creases.
For example, repeated facial expressions such as frowning or squinting will eventually cause permanent wrinkles in the forehead and around the eyes. When an individual is exposed to environmental toxins such as cigarette smoke, pollution, or excessive sun exposure can also lead to premature ageing of skin cells, resulting in deeper wrinkling over time.
Sozo Clinic offers various treatment options for those who want smoother-looking, wrinkle-free skin, including botox injections and other alternative treatments. This informative blog post will discuss how you can prevent wrinkles!
What is Botox, and how does it work
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The term Botox is a shorter term for botulinum toxin, which is a neurotoxin that temporarily blocks nerve impulses to the injected muscles. When these muscles are unable to contract, wrinkles become less defined and eventually disappear completely after repeated injections of the drug.
Botox is also used for other conditions like excessive sweating, neck spasms, and even chronic migraines.
How to prepare for Botox treatment
Botox is an in-office treatment which means you can only have it undertaken by a professional dermatologist in their clinic. Patients are advised to avoid taking alcohol, caffeine or smoking before and after the treatment as it can all interfere with healing and may delay the onset of desired effects.
Since Botox is a quick procedure, you can go back to continue your daily tasks without worrying about any complications. Keep in mind that you should still be wary of the activities you are performing as they can take effect on the results.
It is also an important factor not to make any big plans for a few days post-treatment because it will take time before you’ll notice an improvement in your appearance.
Alternative treatments for preventing and treating wrinkles
While Botox is usually a sought after treatment for wrinkles and fine lines, there are tons of alternative skin resurfacing treatments that you can try. If you are curious about these treatments, better yet, consult with your local dermatologist and find out which one best suits your condition. Before anything else, here’s what you need to know about these alternative treatments:
1. Dermal fillers
The idea behind dermal fillers is to inject them into your skin so that the effects are immediately felt and seen. These injections can be used in a number of areas such as frown lines, smile lines or crow’s feet (the wrinkles on your eye).
2. Chemical peels
Chemical peels or chemical peeling is one of the most popular ways to renew your skin’s appearance. They’re obtained by applying an alpha hydroxy or beta hydroxyl fruit, vegetable, seaweed extract or milk sugars on top of a thin layer of natural or chemical cream that is left to work for about 20 minutes before being removed.
Peeling agents used in this procedure include glycolic and lactic acids, which can help fade pigmentation spots as well as acne scars while also smoothing wrinkles, making it easier for you to apply makeup afterwards. The peeling agent works by loosening up the dead cells from your outer layers and pulling them off, revealing fresher and brighter layers of skin.
Here are two kinds of chemical peels:
- Glycolic acid peel: A chemical peel that removes the outer layer of skin cells, revealing smoother and younger-looking skin beneath it. This treatment takes about 15 minutes and can be done every two weeks for optimum results.
- Salicylic Acid Peel: Helps remove unwanted facial hair with just one application in less than five minutes! It also helps clear up acne as well as smoothen dry patches on your face without any downtime or irritation. The effects are felt immediately after the procedure is completed, so this option is great if you need to look your best right before an event like a wedding or prom night.
3. Laser skin resurfacing
Laser skin resurfacing stimulates collagen production in your skin while also removing rejuvenating dead cells from your face or neck area without causing any discomfort whatsoever! This treatment isn’t for someone with sensitive skin because there may be some mild redness afterwards, similar to what you might experience after having an intense workout at the gym.
The laser is a hand-held device that emits pulses of highly concentrated light. The laser head can be programmed to emit different types and intensities of light, depending on the desired result.
The process of microdermabrasion involves the use of a tiny hand-held device that is repeatedly waved across your skin to remove dead surface cells while leaving live ones intact. It’s really effective for getting rid of acne scars and reducing wrinkles! Keep in mind, though, it can be painful on sensitive skin, so you should talk with your doctor before going through this procedure if you’re unsure whether or not it will agree with your complexion.
This skin resurfacing treatment procedure usually takes about an hour, and it needs to be done at least once every six months for you to experience lasting benefits.
5. Collagen induction therapy
Collagen induction therapy is a procedure that also helps to reduce the ageing process and improve skin elasticity. It’s very similar to microdermabrasion in as much as it uses a device that removes dead cells from your face while leaving live ones intact, but what makes this one different is the fact that after you have it done, you will be administered collagen injections on-site which can last up to 6 to 7 months depending on how often they are performed.
A lot of people prefer this type of treatment because not only does it keep wrinkles at bay, but it also restores lost volume and firmness to sagging skin for those who want their face back.
Tips on how to prevent wrinkles in the future
Wrinkles can be prevented with a few steps:
- Wear sunscreen all the time, and reapply every two hours if you are outside for more than an hour.
- Get plenty of sleep each night to keep your skin cells healthy and happy.
- Drink lots of water because it makes your skin tight and supple.
Wrinkles are treatable and preventable. Wrinkles, as we all know, are a natural part of ageing, and you might think that there’s nothing you can do about them once they start showing up on our faces. If you want to avoid them, you can take preventive measures such as making simple lifestyle changes by drinking plenty of water and eating healthy foods that promote elasticity in skin cells. The best way to make sure your skin looks its brightest is by using sunscreen daily and often moisturizing with a good quality skincare product for the face.
Suppose you want to get rid of them. In that case, there are also many treatments out there like Botox or laser resurfacing, which may be able to limit the development of early-onset wrinkles. At the same time, some people choose surgical removal procedures such as facelift surgery.