As we move through the different stages of life, our skin changes. Over the years, many people have turned to Botox to address these issues, however this is only a temporary fix to a much more complex situation.
Botox vs. Skin Rejuvenation (Temporary vs. Lasting results)
One of the most popular cosmetic treatments in the world, Botox is injected into the skin inhibiting muscle movement and preventing wrinkles from developing or worsening. After treatment it takes the muscle about a week to weaken, with full results showing within 10 days. Treatment tends to wear off after 3 months, so will need to be repeated if you wish to maintain the results.
Botox is a temporary solution that needs regular maintenance, whereas the Skin Rejuvenation treatment using the IPL laser provides lasting results and doesn’t mask your skin concerns, but instead solves them. IPL laser is a popular form of light therapy and is used for various dermatological procedures for hair removal, pigmentation(age spots), spider vein removal, acne and of course Skin Rejuvenation.
At Dermabella we offer IPL Skin Rejuvenation, which increases the collagen and elastin in the skin to reduce wrinkles, while also tightening the skin, reducing acne, and even out skin tone. It helps hydrate your skin leaving it feeling soft and smooth. For best results we recommend having the facial once a month for the first 3 treatments and depending on your skin, the facial should be repeated once every 3 months.
IPL - How it works: IPL therapy destroys undesirable collagen structures. This allows the body to initiate the healing process, which in turn allows it to stimulate collagen production. The heat created by the laser encourages blood flow to treated areas, excess heat is absorbed by the surrounding tissue, this heat is insufficient to cause damage and it does cause the blood vessels to expand. Resulting in an increased blood flow, which in turn ensures that collagen can be produced at an increased rate. The last major way involves the other effects of initiating the body’s repair process. Once the old, less dense collagen structures are removed, the body tends to be better able to produce new collagen cells after the new tissue has been created. This results in a general improvement to the firmness and texture of skin for a prolonged period following successful IPL treatments.
Comparing side effects
As most people are aware, Botox is an injectable drug made from botulinum toxin – a poison. Botox works is by blocking signals from your nerves to your muscles preventing the targeted muscles from contracting and which improves the appearances of lines. There are risks and side effects you must consider before having Botox. Here are just a few common side effects that can be experienced after the treatment:
• A headache and flu-like symptoms for the first 24 hours
• Bruising, swelling and redness
• If too much Botox is injected you may have trouble moving the muscles in your face
• Temporary weakness and droopiness in your face
IPL may darken any pigmented spots on the face, which will flake away. This side effect is also an indication the treatment has worked perfectly, providing you with a more even, flawless skin tone.
Before the IPL Skin Rejuvenation treatment, you will undergo a consultation and patch test to confirm your suitability for the facial. The process takes about 45 minutes to complete. It starts with cleansing the whole face, then IPL treatment, followed by a mini facial, and SPF 30.