As humans, we all have physical imperfections. For some of us, these so-called “flaws” are important characteristics that make us unique and special. But sometimes we feel hindered by these aspects of our bodies, and wish to do something about them to feel more confident, youthful, and happy.
One of the biggest concerns people have with their appearance is with their skin. As we get older, gravity begins to take its toll on us, causing once tight skin to gradually loosen. While this is all par for the course and happens to everyone, many people decide they want to prevent their skin from wrinkling.
Beyond just wrinkling, a person’s skin can raise other issues. Some men and women, for instance, would prefer to not have hair in certain areas where hair naturally grows, and don’t wish to shave, wax, or tweeze these parts on a regular basis. Some people with dry skin look for ways to rejuvenate and brighten up their skin. Fortunately, making any of these cosmetic changes has become easier and more affordable than ever, thanks to modern advances in technology. Botox, juvederm, chemical peels, and laser hair removal treatments are popular methods of improvement the appearance of one’s skin.
What is Botox?.
Botox has made its claim to fame in Hollywood, where it’s said many people get this treatment to make them look years younger. This is indeed the purpose of Botox treatment. The name is shorthand for Botulinum toxin, a protein connected to the disease botulism, which affects muscle control. Botox is used for both medical and cosmetic use. Cosmetically, Botox is used to paralyze certain facial muscles in order to prevent wrinkling caused by facial movement. Results are seen relatively quickly (one to two weeks) with cosmetic Botox treatment.
What About Juvederm?.
Juvederm is an injectable hyaluronic acid dermal filler and shares a similar purpose to Botox. Like Botox, Juvederm treatment aims to reduce and remove facial wrinkles and lines. Juvederm, however, is usually used around the lower face as opposed to the eyes and forehead. Although not as immediately effective as Botox, Juvederm has fewer complications and is typically cheaper.
Are Chemical Peels Safe?.
Chemical peels are entirely safe if administered by a certified medical professional. Not all chemical peels must be done this way, but for the best and safest results, one should always seek medical help. There are several types of chemical peels for different skin types and depth. They are meant to remove old, dead skin and reveal new, younger looking and glowing skin. Part of the reason for the popularity of chemical peel treatments is that they hardly ever cause discomfort in the patient.
And How About Laser Hair Removal?.
Laser hair removal has become increasingly popular in the U.S. It’s a precise and fairly quick procedure that more often than not produces long-term results. Just as with chemical peel treatment, laser hair removal requires an experienced professional to ensure the process is safe and accurate. The cost for a single treatment is relatively low, though it typically takes several treatments (about four on average) for patients to get long-term results, which can make laser hair removal somewhat pricey.
None of us are obligated to alter our appearance for any reason. However, if it makes us feel more comfortable with ourselves and therefore happier, then it’s at least good to know there are several safe and effective options out there.