Aging is a natural process that comes with displeasing signs, including skin sagging and frown lines which may negatively affect your self-image and lower your confidence. While you cannot stop the aging process, Dr. Lionel Bissoon may help improve the symptoms using non-invasive skin tightening procedures. Thanks to medical technology, non-surgical skin tightening procedures offer natural results, require no downtime, and are less painful than surgical processes such as getting a face-lift. Below are some of the less-invasive methods which your doctor may recommend.
Botulinum toxin therapy
Botox injections are used to reduce mild to moderate frown lines on your forehead and crow’s feet at the corners of your eyes. This treatment involves the use of a toxin – onobotulinumtoxinA to prevent muscle movement temporarily. Before treatment, your doctor may advise you to stop using muscle relaxants and blood thinners. During the procedure, your specialist may numb your skin beforehand to minimize any discomfort. While botox injections are usually safe, possible side effects include pain at the injection site, headache, eye dryness, or excessive tearing. Most patients resume normal activities right after treatment.
This is a skin resurfacing procedure used to treat wrinkles, sun damage, and age spots. Treatment involves using a special rotating brush to remove the outer layer of your skin from small areas of the face. Usually, the skin that grows back is smoother. Before this procedure, your doctor may ask you to stop smoking at least a week before treatment, avoid too much sun exposure, and stop using certain medications such as aspirin. After dermabrasion, your skin may appear red or pink for a few weeks, and you may have scabbing or swelling too. One treatment session is usually enough; however, people with deep scars may need multiple treatments.
Your doctor may use this procedure to treat discolored skin, wrinkles, scars, and age spots. During a chemical peel, your doctor uses a chemical solution to remove the top layer of your skin. Peels range from light to deep. You may need several treatments to attain the desired results, depending on the type of peel used. With a light or medium peel, your specialist may recommend multiple sessions. Besides tightening your skin, you may have a brighter skin tone after the procedure. It is normal to experience scabbing in the treatment area, which improves after a few weeks. Again, the severity of these symptoms depends on the type of chemical peel used.
Fractional laser resurfacing
This is a facial rejuvenation process that can be done using an ablative or non-ablative laser to improve your skin’s appearance. Both methods decrease the appearance of fine lines on your face and improve your complexion if you have sun damage. Before laser resurfacing, your doctor may ask you to stop smoking at least two weeks before treatment and avoid too much exposure to the sun. After treatment, your skin may appear pink for a few months.
It is important to note that these procedures do not stop aging; your skin will still develop wrinkles and crow’s feet as you grow older. For more questions on skin tightening processes, reserve a session with your specialist at Liondale Medical.