By Dr. Shaurya Rohatgi, Dermatology
The pursuit of anti-aging solutions is not new. The desire to live long without the wrinkles and furrows in the face is deeply entrenched in the human psyche. The pursuit has indeed given rise to some significant achievements. In fact, you can bring down wrinkles and furrows in your face using a variety of techniques. This includes filters, Botox, CO2 laser rejuvenation, etc. So, which of these is the best for you in terms of effect, sustainability, and side effects? Let us see.
Botox is not just used to fill up wrinkles; it is also used medically for the treatment of some muscular conditions. In fact, it is this property of Botox that is used in removing wrinkles. It does so by paralyzing the underlying muscles temporarily.
- Botox is made from a neurotoxin known as botulinum toxin. This toxin is produced by a certain species of bacteria known as Clostridium botulinum and has a number of applications if used properly.
- Botox should only be administered by a dermatologist since unqualified administration of this toxin can precipitate respiratory distress.
- Botox is usually administered by injecting a very small quantity of its saline solution directly into the target tissue. One can observe the effect within 72 hours.
In most cases, there is no side effect of Botox injections. However, in some cases, patients may suffer from mild pain with some localized build-up of fluid, reddening at the site of injection, numbness, headache, feeling of unease, nausea, temporary drooping of the upper lid or brow, etc.
Facial fillers are made of hyaluronic acid, collagen, and calcium hydroxylapatite and they are used to reduce wrinkles and minimize scars. These are injected on specific sites on the face.
- There are various types of facial fillers designed for different purposes like a reduction of wrinkles, augmentation of lips, etc.
- The right filler is decided by the dermatologist.
- They increase the volume of the wrinkles in the face which have lost collagen and fat with age.
Some of the common side effects of using fillers include bruising, swelling, redness, itching, pain, etc.
CO2 Laser Rejuvenation-
CO2 Laser rejuvenation can reduce wrinkles, scars, and other deep skin flaws.
- Latest innovations have made this one of the most preferred anti-aging solutions.
- It uses light energy to precisely and superficially removes skin layers with minimal heat damage to the surrounding structures.
- It can be done as an outpatient.
Side effects may include the formation of small white cysts on the treated areas. There may also be the formation of acne which may resolve on its own. Some also suffer from pigmentation. Severe side effects may include reactivation of herpes simplex cold sores, bacterial infections, swelling, and in very rare cases, scarring.