May 21, 2013
Wrinkle Removal Treatments – Are They Worth the Risk?
Whether they’re cropping up around your eyes, sneaking in around your mouth, or covering forehead in unsightly rows, wrinkles can age you beyond your years. Although there are various tips and tricks you can use to give wrinkles the slip, you might have to take more extreme measures in order to eliminate wrinkles entirely.
Wrinkle removal treatments are always an option if you can afford the extra expense. Proven to provide long-lasting results, the following methods may be able to give you the younger looking skin that you deserve. However, are these wrinkle removal treatments worth the risk?
Botox is created from the bacterium clostridium botulinum, the same nerve-attacking bacteria that causes botulism. This dangerous bacterium can interrupt nerve impulses, resulting in impaired vision and speech and can even cause suffocation and death. So why would you ever want to purposefully inject your body with this horrible organism?
The answer: because the same nerve interrupting organism can interrupt overactive nerve impulses in the facial region, relaxing facial muscles for a smoother, younger looking appearance. Botox injections need to be repeated every 3 to 6 months in order to have a lasting effect, and each treatment costs $300 to $1000.
Side Effects: This quick-fix solution comes with entire list of harmful side effects and warnings. To name just a few, Botox injections can cause the following problems:
• paralysis of the facial muscles
• difficulty swallowing and speech
• dry mouth
Keep in mind that even though Botox can fight wrinkles, higher doses can increase risk of poisoning and death.
Wrinkle Filler Injections
Wrinkle fillers often consist of hyaluronic acid and/or collagen – both of which are essential ingredients of maintaining healthy skin. Synthetic wrinkle fillers are also available, including popular ingredients such as Radiesse and Sculptra.
Hyaluronic Acid, for example, can fill up the space between collagen and elastin while attracting moisture to the skin. Similarly collagen itself triggers the growth and repair of new skin cells while increasing elasticity and providing structure. When these ingredients are injected into the skin, you’ll have firmer, plumper skin.
Although safer than Botox, wrinkle filler injections present their own set of side effects, including redness and irritation at the site of injection. Emerging studies have shown that synthetic wrinkle fillers can trigger nodules (bumps) under the skin that can be seen and felt. These may require surgical removal and may result in permanent disfigurement if the treatment is performed incorrectly.
If you only have a few facial flaws and defects that you’d like to have removed, then laser resurfacing is the more affordable and safer solution to invasive injections and cosmetics surgeries.
Laser resurfacing uses pulsed diode light to remove the top layer of aged and sun-damaged skin. This temporarily wounds the skin, triggering an increase in collagen, which in turn results in the production of healthy new skin cells.
Side Effects: Unfortunately, it takes more than one treatment before you get the wrinkle-fighting results you’re hoping for, and in fact, you may experience the following side effects:
• Discoloration of the skin
• Redness and Irritation
• Varying degrees of pigmentation loss
What We Recommend
Although all these methods can give you effective wrinkle fighting results, more often than not, wrinkle removal treatments are simply not worth the risk. Over the counter creams and serums can give you the same wrinkle fighting results (slowly), but without the extra expense or the risk of permanent damage to your skin.
You can read about the best wrinkle creams and products here.