Many people are trying to fight the signs of aging in whatever way the can. The face is a big part of our first impression, so that is often the part of the body that people are most concerned with, when it comes to aging. A breakdown in collagen leads to fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin. Changing hormones cause hair to grown in places where it hasn’t before. Some of the procedures that are commonly used to treat these issues are botox, chemical peels, and laser hair removal.
What is botox? Botox is a drug prepared from the bacterial toxin botulin, which removes wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing facial muscles. This has become such a popular treatment in recent years, that some people even have botox parties, where a group of friends gets together, and a professional comes over and administers the treatment to the group, who walk out looking years younger.
What is a chemical peel? A chemical peel is a treatment in which an acid solution is used to remove the damaged outer layers of the skin. This treatment can be administered in various degrees of severity, depending on the condition of the patient’s skin. Peels can treat not only fine lines and wrinkles that result from aging and sun damage, but can also take care of scarring, such as that resulting from acne.
Laser hair removal uses an intense, pulsating beam of light to pass through the skin to individual hair follicles, damaging the follicles. Not only does this procedure remove the hair that has already grown, but the damage to the hair follicle prevents any future growth. The facial areas where laser hair removal are most commonly performed are the mustache and chin area. More research here.