In recent years, thanks to advancement in technology and subsequently in the capabilities of cosmetic surgeons, treatment methods like botox, laser surgery and dermabrasions have become one of the widely available and feasible cosmetic procedures. Let’s take a look at some of the very popular cosmetic methods to maintain and improve your skin health.
Botox is an important treatment method when it comes to relaxation of specific body muscles. A small amount of Botox in diluted form is injected in the target area. The injection causes a controlled weakening of those muscles. Now that the muscles have weakened, they can no longer contract, thereby causing skin issues like wrinkles to relax. Botox is generally used on facial muscles to treat with forehead lines, crow’s feet and the frown lines.
Botox treatment comes with a lot of care in its follow through. Usually a period of three to seven days is all it takes for the botox to show its full effect. During this process, side effects like temporary bruising or eyelid drooping may happen. Such side effects resolve in a period of three weeks. However, patient must take care that the treated area shouldn’t be rubbed for 12 hours.
This process is also known as dermapeeling. In this technique, a chemical solution is applied all over the skin. Once the solution dries up, the skin peels off, leaving behind a fairer, smoother new skin.
This type of treatment is used to deal with scars, pox marks and skin lesions. Performed with high end technological devices, the surgeon cleans and then freezes the skin to sustain the effect of the treatment. The skin may feel sore for few days after the treatment. To avoid degradation of the side effect, stay away from being exposed to sun for several months and use sunscreen on regular basis.
Dermal filler and collagen injections are two of the important treatment procedures that help in restructuring of the skin. CosmoDerm and CosmoPlast are bioengineered human collagen products that are located just beneath the skin layer. Injection of collagen helps replenish the skin’s natural collagen. While performing collagen injection, small amount of local anesthesia is used. During this process, a small amount of bruising may happen besides experiencing puffiness, redness and tenderness around the treated skin area. Just like natural collagen, collagen replacements eventually begin to lose form and wear down. In order to keep up appearances, you will need a series of treatments, two to four times a year.
Laser resurfacing or Carbon Dioxide laser skin resurfacing is usually performed by emitting light beams in a scanning pattern to remove thin layers of skin. This treatment involves minimal heat damage to the surrounding skin of the targeted area. This treatment has proved to be effective in treating wrinkles, scars, rhinophyma and other skin conditions. Depending upon the area under consideration, local or general anesthesia is used. While a partial face resurfacing may take around 30 to 45 minutes, full face treatment can take up to 90 minutes to 2 hours. Telfa dressing is necessary to be applied following the laser resurfacing procedure. The dressing should be applied for 24 hours to generate speedy recovery. The treated areas usually heal in 10 to 21 days. But a lot also depends on the nature of treatment for the same.
With the laser removal of tattoo, the pigment colors are broken with a high intensity light beam. For complete removal of the tattoo, two to four visits are necessary, though more sessions too may be required at times.
While the laser treatment is being undertaken it is necessary for the patient to wear protective eye covering. The activation of laser light beams might be painful for some patients. Apply an ice pack after every session to soothe the area treated. This is followed by an application of antibiotic cream/gel/ointment. The area treated is then covered with a bandage or a patch to protect is from direct exposure to sun. The tattooed area is susceptible to infection during the removal process. The emission of laser beams may also affect the skin with a permanent scar, though a slight one in its prominence.
Photodynaic therapy is the latest addition to the long list of successful treatments to deal with actinic keratosis, a precancerous skin lesion, along with other skin issues like acne and sun damaged skin. The actinic keratosis cells are killed by the usage of a special drug called photosensitizing agent, in liquid form, along with its combination with light. Some of the commonly observed side effects of this therapy are burns, swelling and increased sensitivity to light.
Vascular malformations is a disorder that affects body parts like blood vessels, face and even neck. Those affecting the blood vessels are called vascular lesions. Some of them such as spider veins and hemangiomas lead to abnormal growth of blood vessels appearing on face and head. Other disorders like port wine stains appear on face and neck, which eventually comes across as a bumpy appearance. Treating these malformations has become easy due to introduction of laser treatments. However, along with other gains, this treatment procedure comes with its own side effects such as swelling and redness at the treatment areas.