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Botox and Retinoids: An Anti-Aging Power Combo

botox and retinoidsAging is a fact of life. Fortunately, fine lines and wrinkles don’t have to be. Whether your skin is still relatively smooth or is starting to show the signs of aging, there’s never a bad time to fight back.  Through a combination of minimally invasive techniques like Botox and retinoids, it may be possible to diminish or eliminate existing wrinkles and to ward off new ones while delaying the need for a brow lift, eyelid surgery or full facelift.

Apply Retinoid Creams Daily

Originally used to diminish acne scars and other blemishes, retinoids — derivatives of vitamin A — have more recently been embraced for their ability to smooth away and eliminate existing wrinkles and to keep new ones at bay. Prescription-strength retinoids are available and tend to work better than over-the-counter formulas. Retinol and other retinoids work because they boost collagen levels in the skin. As we age, collagen levels start to diminish. As they do, the skin sinks and otherwise moves, which allows wrinkles to form. Retinoids don’t just stimulate collagen production; they also slow down its breakdown and speed up cell turnover, which effectively exfoliates the skin. This phenomenon produces brighter, more luminous skin and has the happy side effect of unclogging pores too.

Retinoid Alternatives

While retinoids are very beneficial in helping with fine lines around the eyes, sensitivity to retinoids is very common. If you’re sensitive to retinoids and retinol, contact us for information about our own Anson & Higgins brand skin care products. We offer retinoid alternatives specifically for patients who have experienced retinoid sensitivity.

Undergo Botox Treatments a Few Times Per Year

As wonderful as retinoids are, their effects are subtle and gradual. Most people don’t notice definite improvements for at least three to six months. They work best on very fine lines and wrinkles and do little for existing issues like crow’s feet, horizontal forehead lines or vertical frown lines. For those trouble areas, Botox is among the best solutions. Botox is a highly purified toxin that slows contractions in facial muscles into which it is injected. Skin is then more resistant to wrinkling, and broken collagen is repaired more quickly. Results typically last three to four months, and they are much more dramatic than those of retinoids.

A True Power Combo

By incorporating Botox and retinoids into your skincare regimen, you can reverse existing signs of aging and delay new ones for considerable periods of time. The Botox injections quickly soften facial lines and wrinkles that are caused by repetitive muscle movements, and the consistent application of retinoid creams reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while keeping new ones from appearing. As a result, retinoids may extend the results of Botox injections, allowing you to undergo them less frequently.

Anti-Aging Skin Care Treatments & Products in Las Vegas

To make the most of the power combo of Botox and retinoids, professional guidance is a must. If you’re in the Las Vegas area, Anson, Edwards & Higgins Plastic Surgery Associates are here to help. Our board-certified plastic surgeons will develop a treatment plan that is customized to your needs, which could include Botox and retinoids in addition to injectable fillers, laser skin treatments, chemical peels and facial plastic surgery if that will provide you with better results.

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