Various options for wrinkle treatment
More and more people want to have a young and tight skin even in old age. Folds are natural and part of the aging process. Therefore, think carefully about whether you really want to have your wrinkles treated - because every procedure involves risks.
Methods for wrinkle treatment
If you still want to do something against your wrinkles, there are several methods available. In individual cases you should always discuss with the attending physician which method is most suitable for you. Below we present four different treatment options:
- Treat wrinkles with Botox
- Inject wrinkles with hyaluronic acid
- Laser wrinkles
Treat wrinkles with Botox
Botox (botulinum toxin) is primarily used to treat mimic wrinkles and crows feet. The bacterial toxin is injected directly into the muscle and ensures that it relaxes. Thus, wrinkles caused by muscle pull are smoothed.
The effect of the neurotoxin occurs after two to twelve days. Since Botox is broken down by the body over time, the effect only lasts for a short time. After three to nine months usually the next treatment must be carried out, which creates a certain dependency.
Side effects of Botox
If too high a dose of Botox is injected, facial expressions and paralysis may be reduced. This can also affect neighboring muscles. In addition, headaches and flu-like symptoms may occur after treatment. These side effects usually resolve themselves over time.
Since a Botox treatment is a purely cosmetic procedure, the costs are not covered by the health insurance. As a rule, the treatment costs between 200 and 600 euros.
Inject wrinkles with hyaluronic acid
Deeper wrinkles are usually not treated with Botox, but injected with a filler such as hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a natural component of the skin that affects its elasticity. In the course of life, however, the body produces increasingly less hyaluronic acid.
The treatment replenishes the natural hyaluronic acid stores and the skin can store more water again. This raises deep wrinkles in the direction of the skin level. A treatment with hyaluronic acid is particularly suitable for the neck and the décolleté as well as for the cheeks and the eyes.
Side effects of hyaluronic acid
The treatment can cause swelling and redness, however, these side effects usually disappear after one to two days. In addition, accumulation of hyaluronic acid may result in small bumps and nodules, some of which are not only palpable but also visible. Most of the time, the bumps resolve themselves again. However, in some cases, encapsulation of hyaluronic acid may also be present. Then a medical treatment is necessary.
Similar to Botox, hyaluronic acid must be re-treated after a few months for wrinkle injections. The cost of the treatment is 300 euros upwards.
The aim of a laser treatment is usually a general rejuvenation of the skin. The treatment removes the upper skin structures. As a result, wrinkles and age spots disappear and the skin looks younger and firmer again.
After a laser treatment, it takes about a week until the redness on the face has subsided. In some cases, the redness may also last much longer. Three months before and after treatment you should avoid sun and solarium if possible to avoid pigmentation problems.
In some cases, despite the absence of sun and solarium, darkening of the treated area may occur. If this side effect does not return by itself, special creams can help. Other possible side effects include skin scabbing, scarring and inflammation of the skin.
A facelift is a surgical procedure that removes excess fat and excess skin, transports sagged fat deposits to their original position, and tightens the subcutaneous tissue.
Among the risks of a lifting include circulatory and emotional disorders and a feeling of tension after the procedure. If facial nerves are injured during the operation, it can lead to disorders of the facial muscles.
In addition, there is a risk in a lifting that the face loses its facial expressions and gets a rigid, artificial expression. Like any other surgical procedure, a lift leaves scars. These are usually hidden well behind the hairline.