Are you annoyed by the ever-growing wrinkles on your face? If so, then you’re not alone. Wrinkles and changes in the skin are normal as you age and no one can avoid it. The most popular treatments that cosmetic surgeons use are thermage and botox.
However, patients are often confused and have a hard time deciding which option is the best for them. It’s time to clarify and pinpoint the difference.
What is Botox?
Botox is one of the most popular procedures across surgical centers in Venice Beach and around the world, too. It involves a series of injections that topically treat wrinkles and other facial anomalies.
Each injection contains an organic bacterial toxin called botulin. This substance enters facial muscle tissues and paralyzes them. The effects, albeit temporary, cause muscles to contract and wrinkles to significantly shrink.
Patients 50 and over prefer this treatment because it doesn’t require significant downtime. Upon receiving a botox injection (or more, depending on your skin type and wrinkle count), you can return to your daily activities.
The treatment is also inexpensive, but there are significant downsides. Compared to thermage, Botox doesn’t last long. While the patient may see results in 5-7 days, the effects last only four months. There are also cases of reported headaches, dizziness, nausea and pain in the affected regions.
How about thermage?
Thermage is another treatment applied by cosmetic surgeons. Unlike Botox injections, thermage yields immediate results. This is due to the unique way the skin gets treated with.
Using a special ThermaTip laser, the cosmetic surgeon applies heat to the epidermis in the facial region. The heat emitted from the laser tightens the upper two layers of the skin, reducing wrinkles by a significant margin. As of the effects of thermage – they last no less than two years.
What do you have to do to prepare for thermage? This much depends on your skin time and health conditions. Some patients need pain relievers, while others take the heat very well.
What’s essential is that you come into surgery without makeup, with a thoroughly washed face. Any foundation or debris might lessen the effectiveness of the ThermaTip laser.
Which treatment is the best choice?
There is no definite way to tell. Even though everyone experiences skin aging, different individuals experience it in different ways. Patients with thicker and “greasier” skin often find botox to be much more effective, due to the direct approach of the injections.
Some avoid botox due to the less permanent effects, but at the end of the day – it’s all about preference and doctor’s advice.
If you’re displeased with the number of wrinkles on your face, give us a call. Our team of specialized cosmetic surgeons in Los Angeles at the Dr. Rojas center of cosmetic surgery will help you choose either botox or thermage.
Know the differences and your skin – it’s essential to making the right choice. Book an appointment online or give us a call at (888) 598-0620. Wrinkles will be a thing of the past.