Both Botox and glycolic acid peels do two very different things. It really all boils down to your unique needs!
They can also be used in conjunction with one another for a multifaceted anti-aging approach. We’re here to give you the lowdown on these two amazing treatments, both of which can shave years off your appearance!
Glycolic Acid Peels: Best for Static Fine Lines and Wrinkles
Glycolic acid peels work wonders on fine lines and wrinkles. Glycolic peels smooth away static lines and wrinkles by removing the outer layers of the skin. In addition to minimizing the appearance of lines and wrinkles, glycolic acid peels reduce acne, eliminate blackheads, stimulate collagen production, even out skin tone, and fade hyperpigmentation.
Glycolic peels, however, are not effective on dynamic wrinkles, or wrinkles caused by underlying muscles, such as when you laugh or frown.
Who’s a good candidate for glycolic acid peels? Pretty much everyone – but if you have sagging skin, bulges, and severe wrinkles, then you probably will notice little to no improvement. Some people are prone to uneven skin tone after a glycolic acid peel, so it’s important to talk to your doctor prior to undergoing treatments.
What Happens During a Treatment?
What’s a glycolic acid peel like? First, your skin will be cleaned thoroughly, and then a glycolic acid solution will be applied to small areas of your skin. You’ll most likely experience a burning sensation that lasts a few minutes followed by a stinging sensation, but this is usually pretty mild.
After a glycolic acid peel, your skin might feel sunburned and you can expect some peeling to occur. You’ll need to avoid the sun for several days after a glycolic peel, and you should apply sunscreen liberally when outside. Be sure to use gentle cleansers. Most people undergo a glycolic acid peel once a month, and it might take several months until you achieve noticeable results.
Botox: Best for Dynamic Wrinkles
Chemical peels not getting the results you want? Then try Botox.
Botox is a prescription medication that improves dynamic wrinkles such as moderate to severe frown lines, forehead furrows, smoker’s lines, and crow’s feet. What are dynamic wrinkles? They’re wrinkles that appear when you’re moving your face, such as when you frown. Treatments like dermabrasion and chemical peels can’t treat dynamic wrinkles because they’re unable to relax the muscles that cause those wrinkles to appear.
How does Botox work? Botox is a neurotoxin and works by attaching itself to nerve endings. Once this happens, the neurotransmitter responsible for triggering muscle contractions, called acetylcholine, can’t be released. To put it more simply, Botox injections temporarily relax the facial muscles that underlie and cause wrinkles. This is also why wrinkles caused by sun damage and gravity don’t respond to Botox treatments.
Botox works best on younger patients and is recommended for people between the ages of 18 and 70. Older folks should consult with a plastic surgeon or dermatologist to ensure that their skin tone is elastic enough to respond to treatment.
You’ll have to take certain precautions before undergoing a Botox treatment. Ten days before receiving Botox injections, you’ll be asked to refrain from taking products that contain aspirin, ibuprofen, and vitamin E – doing so will significantly reduce the chance of bruising following treatment.
What’s a Botox treatment like? You’ll generally receive a consultation beforehand to determine the best treatment for your needs. And when you do undergo treatment, a topical numbing gel will be applied fifteen minutes prior. Six to eight injections will be administered into the underlying muscles. Most people say that the injections feel similar to getting vaccinated – that is, they feel only a few seconds of mild discomfort as the Botox enters the injection site. A few hours afterward, the injection site may look red and feel irritated.
Immediately following the injections, you’ll be required to contract the treated muscles. Your physician will ask you to frown, raise your eyebrows and smile and pucker your lips. It sounds silly, but this helps to evenly distribute the Botox throughout the injection site. Your physician will also tell you to refrain from exercising, bending over, lying down or rubbing the area for the first 24-48 hours after treatment. This ensures that the Botox settles in the right place and doesn’t migrate elsewhere. Failure to do so can potentially result in facial paralysis and eyelid drooping.
Botox offers real, noticeable results. Since Botox works by weakening facial muscles, full results are generally seen within five to seven days. You’ll see deep dynamic wrinkles gradually improve over time, in addition to the early effects seen shortly after treatment. Your results will continue to improve, until about two weeks after the procedure. At that time, you’ll be looking your best. The effects of Botox will gradually wear off over the next four to six months, and the wrinkles will need to be retreated.
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