If you are looking for less invasive ways to fight wrinkles and other signs of aging, there are many options out there, including lasers and injectables. However, since patients are often unsure which treatment would be most appropriate they often ask the question – Lasers vs injectables, which is better for wrinkle reduction?
Lasers vs Injectables for Wrinkle Reduction
Lasers and injectables are both excellent wrinkle reduction treatments, and are ideal for patients that are not quite ready for surgery. Let’s take a look at how both procedures work.
Lasers for wrinkle reduction
Laser therapy is routinely used to resurface the skin in order to reduce wrinkles, improve skin texture, and minimize discoloration. While there are a variety of technologies now available, the Halo Hybrid Fractional laser is an innovative system that takes a unique approach to facial rejuvenation.
The Halo hybrid fractional laser utilizes both ablative and non-ablative energy to reduce wrinkles, and revitalize the appearance of the skin.
How the Halo laser works to reduce wrinkles
The ablative energy treats the damaged upper layer of the skin and this resurfaces the skin, resulting in the growth of new tissue. The non-ablative energy bypasses the skin’s surface and targets the deep dermal layer. The dual-action of the Halo laser significantly improves the appearance of wrinkles, and stimulates collagen production.
Injectables for wrinkle reduction
Cosmetic injectables such as botox and dermal fillers are fast acting and easy to administer, making them a convenient choice for reducing wrinkles.
Botox is a neuromodulator that is derived from the bacterium clostridium botulinum bacteria. It is an effective treatment for dynamic facial wrinkles such as frown lines, forehead lines, and crow’s feet. These wrinkles develop as a result of the repeated movement of the muscles due to facial expressions such as frowning, squinting, and laughing.
How botox reduces wrinkles
When botox is injected into the muscle it blocks the nerve signal that causes the facial muscles to contract. Since the muscles are unable to contract as normal, the targeted wrinkles and fine lines are reduced, and it also limits the formation of new wrinkles.
Botox is a simple, virtually painless procedure that takes only 15-20 minutes. Although there may be slight bruising in the treated area after botox, there is no downtime, so patients are able to return to work immediately.
The results of botox typically last 3-4 months, however, the longevity of the drug may increase after repeated use.
How dermal fillers reduce wrinkles
Dermal fillers are also popular options for reducing wrinkles, and restoring facial volume. Soft tissue fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane that are based on hyaluronic acid (HA) are often preferred because of their versatility. HA is a naturally occurring substance that keeps the skin smooth and supple.
When HA fillers are injected below the skin, the HA molecules attract water from the surrounding tissues. The added hydration plumps the skin, filling in wrinkles and fine lines. Dermal fillers can also be used to fill facial folds and restore contours.
Comparing lasers vs injectables for wrinkle reduction.
Laser skin resurfacing is an effective option for individuals that are just beginning to notice fine lines and wrinkles. Lasers can be used to treat a multiplicity of skin concerns including hyperpigmentation, enlarged pores, and skin laxity. Laser therapy is ideal for treating wrinkles around the eyes, forehead, and mouth.
Cosmetic injectable treatment is also appropriate for people with early signs of aging. It is a quick solution for specific fine lines and wrinkles. Injectables can be used to treat both dynamic wrinkles (botox) and static wrinkles (dermal fillers). However, unlike lasers, injectables do not improve the tone and texture of the skin.
The decision to choose lasers or injectables for wrinkle reduction will be determined by the goals and expectations of the patient.
Also, depending on the signs of aging being experienced, physicians sometimes recommend a combination of laser skin resurfacing and injectable treatment to achieve the best results.
Are you ready to treat those unwanted wrinkles?
If you are in the Washington, D.C. area, contact Capital Laser & Skin Care, Chevy Chase, MD for more information.
Call their office today at (301) 760-2218 to schedule your private consultation.