With the rise in over-the-counter wrinkle treatments, making the decision to go to the doctor for a medical wrinkle treatment has become a little more difficult. However, even though the over -he-counter products offer great results, they cannot compare to what the medical industry can do.
Many anti-wrinkle treatments are available through doctors’ offices. Before deciding to get a medical procedure, make sure to do as much research as possible. Double-check the pros and cons of the procedure as well as the certification and experience of the doctor. Make sure the doctor is board-certified and has the experience necessary to do the procedure.
Some of the most popular medical anti-aging treatments are microdermabrasion, chemical peel, botox and collagen injections.
Microdermabrasion: Microdermabrasion is a popular treatment that can be purchased in a home kit to do at home. However, the procedure originated in a medical office. Having microdermabrasion done in a medical office will give better results than a home kit. Aluminum oxide crystals are used to sand the layer of the skin away using a vacuum suction tool. Dermabrasion is a similar treatment that removes more of the skin layer and therefore offers better results. Microdermabrasion and dermabrasion can be used for acne, acne scars, minor facial scars and wrinkles.
Chemical Peel: Chemical peel is another treatment that now has become available with an at-home product, but again the results achieved in the medical office are unbeatable. An acid is used to burn the skin away, causing new skin to form in its place. Chemical peels are used for wrinkles as well as age spots and skin discoloration. Skin will be red and irritated for a while, so plan accordingly with this procedure.
Botox: Botox is a series of injections to prevent the muscle contractions that cause wrinkles and lines to form. Botox is a chemical that is inserted in the skin with a needle; it is approved by the FDA, but caution still might be advisable. Botox is popular with men and women as it does work great on deep wrinkles like frown lines and on the forehead.
Collagen Injections: Collagen is a substance that is injected to fill in the wrinkles and fine lines. It is a temporary solution that is often done to enhance the lip shape as well. The collagen that is used in this treatment is usually made from cow or human collagen. This procedure does require an allergy test because some people are allergic to the injections.
Remember to follow all the treatment advice from the medical providers. Not following the proper care after a medical procedure can cause future damage and hinder the expected results.