Skin Filler Injections – Overview-
Taking care of one’s skin has always been an uphill task. Skin is a very sensitive part of the body, and a slight slip up easily leads to bruises, scars, wrinkles just to mention a few. In some cases, your skin can just decide to let you down and start cracking or forming fine lines even after investing so much energy and cosmetic products into it. This gets even more depressing especially if the problems start to appear in the one place where you simply cannot cover, your face. Once this happens, you are always left trying to counter the problem, and this can cause a real headache due to the wide variety of supposed “magical skin enhancement products and treatments” currently on the market. There is, however, a few skin enhancement treatments that have proven to be effective and remain widely used in the cosmetic world specifically in treating facial skin problems. These include:
Laser peels like the name suggest is the use of light wavelengths to treat certain skin conditions. This method has been used by thousands of patients and hence its benefits are not in doubt. In Laser Peels, a beam of visible UV or infrared lights are directed at the specific area that needs treating. These lights will travel past your skin and will be absorbed differently depending on the underlying tissues. It’s for this reason that one type of laser beam cannot be used to treat all sorts of skin conditions. The surgeon will have to investigate the problem and the skin structure and tissues surrounding it and then listen to your expectations before recommending a particular type of beam. When the lasers come in contact with the skin tissues they tighten the fibers and other structures such as blood vessels and melanin around this area. Laser beams are also converted into heat once absorbed in particular skin tissues. This heat will then cause coagulation, vaporization or burn specific targeted skin tissues resulting in the intended outcome.
In choosing laser peels, the patient with the assistance of the cosmetic doctor can also decide the ablative or non-ablative lasers. Ablative laser beams cause small cuts and usually release energy like ultrasound or radiofrequency when they’re below the skin surface. This type of laser peel treatment needs the expertise of an experienced doctor and is only recommended for specific skin conditions. Non-ablative lasers, on the other hand, treats all the conditions internally without the use of any cuts.
Conditions where Laser Peel treatment is ideal
Laser peels are recommended to treat acne scars, wrinkles, to reduce pores, repair broken capillaries, remove hyperpigmentation and reduce redness of the skin. Lasers have also been used to remove body hairs, birthmarks, moles, and tattoos.
Laser Peels convalescence
The recovery period needed after a laser treatment varies depending on the type of laser beams used and the amount of surface treated. On average, one should recover within seven days after the treatment.
Potential Laser Peel Complications
The use of laser beams can result in pinkness on your skin, burns due to the laser heat and scarring. Most of these problems are however mild and can be covered using make-up. They also disappear easily.
Cost of Laser Peels
Laser peel procedures cost between $350 to over $3,500 depending on the type of beam used and the amount of skin being treated.
Botox is the use of a compound known as botulinum. The chemical is extracted from a deadly bacteria called Clostridium botulinum. The thought of injecting a chemical from a poisonous bacteria in your face indeed sounds scary, but the practice is a lot safer than you think. Cosmetic surgeons inject this chemical at the intended site to remedy the surrounding skin. These injections have been used to solve skin problems around the forehead, eyes, brows, and even for jaw contouring.
Botox Injections are very popular because they are a non-invasive and effective treatment offering patients an alternative to the scarier surgical procedures.
Conditions where Botox Injection is ideal
This treatment is used to treat both horizontal wrinkles and brow furrows. It works by relaxing the muscles beneath the skin that cause the formation of wrinkles and fine lines. Some physicians have also used the treatment to alleviate lips and create a brow lift. By relaxing muscles and eliminating wrinkles in the brows and around the lip, the injection will significantly change how you look. The usage of the chemical to alter jaw contouring also has the effect of changing your facial appearance to oval.
Botox Injection Convalescence
Botox Injection is a brief treatment that doesn’t take more than 10 minutes. For most patients, there is no any specified recovery time required. Most patients receive this injection and can resume routine right away. The only thing that you’ll be advised to avoid is rubbing the injection spot because you might spread the chemical to other untargeted areas of your face.
Potential Botox Injection Complications
Some of the side effects accrued from these injections is swelling or bruising at the injection site, nausea, headaches and flu-like signs. These side effects are mild and normally disappear without using any other medication.
How much do these injections cost?
The amount charged will depend on how much of the chemical is used, and the area treated. The cost will hence vary from $400 to $1000.
Filler injections like Botox treatment are used to smoothen and treat wrinkles or lines on the face. The two procedures are however not the same. While Botox is trying to relax the underlying muscles that are causing crease, Fillers work by introducing compounds that fill up or puff the areas with wrinkles for an even and softer look.
It is important to note that filler treatment cannot be used as a permanent solution to wrinkles. Yes, it works, but only temporarily. To enjoy the impact for a long time, you will have to use the injections continuously after certain specified periods.
Different chemicals can be used in filler injections. Your skin type determines the type of compound used and the results you are looking for. Different skin tissues react differently to filler chemicals, and therefore during your consultation before the injection, the doctor will have to research to ensure that the compound used does nothing but give you the outcomes you are seeking. Some of the commonly used chemicals include Restylane, Juvederm, fat grafting, volume, Sculptra, calcium hydroxylapatite, etc.
The injection is carried out on an outpatient basis, and the patient can resume regular light work right away. You are, however, encourage to wait for like seven days before you can fully resume sporting activities.
Some of the reported side effects of using this treatment include Lump skin, bleeding, infections and allergic reactions like swelling, hives, and rash.
How much does a Filler injection cost?
Insurance companies do not reimburse funds used for Filler injections. The treatment costs $400 or more depending on the type of chemical used and the area to be covered.
Chemical Skin Peel
The practice of chemical peeling skin using chemicals has been around for years. The difference between how chemical skin peels were a decade ago and today is that the compounds used today are more advanced and supported by clinical trials. Today, skin peels help to treat age spots, sun damage, acne, melasma, wrinkles, freckles, etc. Depending on the chemical used, a patient can experience a moderate light and fresh look or a more significant change based on the substances and technique you chose.
Chemical peels can be categorized as mild, medium, deep or DIY peels. Each of these categories uses a different kind of chemicals. Some problems can be solved by any of these techniques while others require a particular approach to achieve the desired results.
Chemical Skin peel side effects
Complications linked to skin peels are usually as a result of allergic reactions. If your body doesn’t react appropriately to any of the used chemicals, then you are likely to experience an adverse effect. This can, however, be avoided by communicating your medical history and all allergies you may have to the doctor before the treatment.
Costs of chemical skin peel
Skin peels cost between $100 to $400 based on the technique used, depth of the peel and the site.
Other Cosmetic skin repair techniques
Some of the other skin treatment methods include reconstructive skin repair and scar repairs. These two techniques both aim at improving a damaged segment of the skin caused either by an injury or a scar. There are so many approaches through which a reconstructive skin repair procedure can be conducted. To choose the best approach, your surgeon will have to look at the impact and extent of the damage suffered and match it with your expectations. The treatment methods, therefore, will vary from one individual to another.
All of the above methods can help you regain the skin tone, texture or look you want. The crucial part is to make sure that you seek the services of a certified and experienced surgeon to whom you can express your desires and expectations of the treatment. He/she will then recommend the best technique that’ll deliver brilliant results.