LASER TREATMENT OR BOTOX: WHICH IS BEST FOR YOU?

You know you’re ready for a little boost, but which treatment is right for you? Many of us start to ask when we start seeing the telltale signs of aging wrinkles, brown spots, fine lines, and other cosmetic problems. These signs of aging are normal, but they can affect our self-esteem, confidence, and attitude. Plus, they can make us look tired or grumpy when that’s not the case! If you’d like to do something about your signs of aging, then you might be considering a treatment like laser skin resurfacing or Botox: But which treatment is best for you?

THE BASICS OF BOTOX
Botox is a classic anti-aging treatment that has been available for decades. It’s one of the most popular cosmetic treatment available, and there are some very good reasons for that popularity. Botox is a wrinkle relaxer, optimized for treating  wrinkles (wrinkles caused by repetitive facial movements, such as between the eyebrows or at the corners of the eyes). It’s an injectable treatment involving very little discomfort and no downtime. Some people get Botox at lunchtime and head right back to work! Botox works by relaxing the facial muscles in the treated areas, which results in a smoother, more youthful look to the face. Though it’s temporary, this affordable treatment can be a great ongoing solution for facial wrinkles that creep up with age.

LASER SKIN RESURFACING: A WORLD OF POSSIBILITIES
Laser treatments are extremely versatile, and can address a range of different skin conditions. Cautiously stimulating the skin to renew cells and produce new collagen, treatments like erbium laser and other light-based therapies can have the following benefits:

Eliminate brown spots
Treat enlarged pores
Repair sun damage


Modern lasers are far more gentle than those used in the previous generations. Now a days, patients can often return to normal activities almost immediately, with few restrictions or aftercare instructions. Patients will need to protect the skin from the sun while it heals, but there are few side effects, and generally little to no downtime, depending on the treatment. As the skin has time to renew and repair itself following laser skin resurfacing, results typically appear gradually.

WHICH TREATMENT IS RIGHT FOR YOU?
Botox and laser skin resurfacing are two very different treatments, and the right treatment for you depends solely on what your goals are. Are you looking for a quick fix to address your wrinkles? Botox could be best. Could your skin use a refresher? Laser treatments might be a better option. Every patient is different, and it’s important for you and your and your Physician  discuss your goals during your consultation, and decide whether a combination treatment could benefit you.

WHY NOT BOTH?
If you’re interested in treating both wrinkles and aging skin, why not to consider a combination of both treatments?! Botox and laser treatments are highly complementary procedures, and you could see impressive results by combining them. If that’s something you’re interested in, you and your surgeon will discuss your goals during your consultation, and decide whether a combination treatment could benefit you.

 

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Author
Neda Motameni, MD Dr. Neda Motameni completed her Internal Medicine residency at State University of New York Health Science Center in Brooklyn, NY. Board certified in Internal Medicine and licensed in Virginia, Maryland, Florida and California. Dr. Motameni's experience expands as a hospitalist, primary care and urgent care provider. She has years of experience in managing acute and chronic illnesses, minor trauma/injuries, laceration repair and more. She practices at Dalewood Medical Center, Woodbridge, VA and Internal Medicine Practice, Vienna, VA.

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