Botox protein is found naturally, but for cosmetic purposes it is manufactured and highly purified in the laboratory. Used and studied extensively for many years, Botox is a very safe and effective way to relax fine lines especially in the areas of the forehead, brow and around the eyes. It can also be used to relax laugh lines, wrinkling of the chin and lip area and can help to relieve mild jowl formation around the jaw line. The treatment takes about 15 to 20 minutes using very small needles to inject minute of liquid into areas where lines need to be treated.
Laser and light therapy alters the skin by transmitting power of a certain specific colour and intensity to accomplish different effects. Procedures take 30 to 60 minutes. Several treatments are usually needed, at four to six week intervals.
Laser hair removal destroys the hair-producing follicles on the skin thus cause permanent absence of any future hair in that area. Laser resurfacing removes a thin layer of superficial shim which stimulates the formation of fresh new skin, eliminating fine lines and textural abnormalities of the skin. Other forms of light therapy may help to loosen thin papery skin to be smoother and tighter by lightening up the supporting proteins under the skin.
Fillers are injected in or under the skin to treat lines and deeper furrows or to enhance desirable facial characteristics, such as cheeks or lips.
Fillers have been used since ancient times when various forms of waxes were injected under the skin. More recently, modern use of fillers started with the use of collagen derived from animals. The most successful products, which have been in use for the last ten years are hyaluronic acid fillers; popular brands are Restylane, Juvederm, Teosyal, and Esthelis.