Botox Treatment for Preventive Anti-Aging
When Botox was first introduced as this magic anti-aging solution in a bottle, its use was more limited to those with mature skin who were deep in the process throws of the aging process. But, as we’ve learned more and more about neurotoxins over the years, there’s a whole new type of patient who is much younger than the first generation of users and are lining up for Botox Cosmetic for its preventive effects.
“We are seeing both women and men seek out Botox at younger ages, as they are more savvy about anti-aging today and are interested in prevention. They understand that starting early will make maintenance much easier in the future,” says Dr Jan-Hendrik Lamprecht. “But the right time to start really depends on each person, their individual needs and their facial expression patterns.”
“20 Years ago Botox was used to block muscle movement to get rid of lines. “Since, we’ve learned to establish another effect – the anti-aging effect of botulinum toxin even before wrinkles form.” If you want to prevent the signs of aging but don’t really have many lines or wrinkles, injecting neurotoxins in strategic locations will help prevent the development of wrinkles and fewer units are required to accomplish this. However, once you see changes at rest, toxins alone may not be sufficient. Just because you choose to start getting regular injections of Botox Cosmetic at 25 instead of 45, doesn’t necessarily make you immune to aging and here’s why. Getting injected before the signs of aging are really evident will help – you’ll be less likely to develop lines and wrinkles around the eyes, nose, and forehead, which can reduce the need to do as many lasers, fillers and surgical procedures in the future. “I always explain to patients that when it comes to prevention, treatment and maintenance, there is no one magic bullet. Just as it takes top, bottom, accessories and shoes to make an outfit, keeping ahead of the aging process takes a holistic approach to all the aspects of aging,” says Dr Lamprecht.
So, even if you start Botox at a young age and do it religiously, you’ll still experience signs of aging. And while the face as a whole should always be addressed, starting Botox Cosmetic sooner rather than later will make you look better than if nothing were done at all.
Laser Hair Removal for Unwanted Hair
If you’re not happy with shaving, tweezing, or waxing to remove unwanted hair, laser hair removal may be an option worth considering.
Laser hair removal is a medical procedure that uses a concentrated beam of light (laser) to remove unwanted hair. During laser hair removal, a laser emits a light that is absorbed by the pigment (melanin) in the hair. The light energy is converted to heat, which
damages the tube-shaped sacs within the skin (hair follicles) that produce hairs. This damage inhibits or delays future hair growth. Although laser hair removal effectively delays hair growth for long periods, it usually doesn’t result in permanent hair removal. Multiple laser hair removal treatments are needed for initial hair removal, and maintenance treatments might be needed as well. Laser hair removal is most effective for people who have light skin and dark hair.
Hair color and skin type influence the success of laser hair removal. The basic principle is that the pigment of the hair, but not the pigment of the skin, should absorb the light. The laser should damage only the hair follicle while avoiding damage to the skin. Therefore, a contrast between hair and skin color – dark hair and light skin – results in the best outcomes.
Benefits of laser hair removal include:
• Precision – Lasers can selectively target dark, coarse hairs while leaving the surrounding skin undamaged.
• Speed – Each pulse of the laser takes a fraction of a second and can treat many hairs at the same time. The laser can treat an area approximately the size of a quarter every second. Small areas such as the upper lip can be treated in less than a minute, and large areas, such as the back or legs, may take up to an hour.
• Predictability – Most patients have permanent hair loss after an average of three to seven sessions.
Look your best at all times!
WOW Magazine – Women August 2019