Five Alternatives to Botox

Botulinum toxin, commonly referred to as Botox, has found its permanent place in the aesthetic medicine offices. It is used in particular to eliminate wrinkles and treat hyperhidrosis of various parts of the body. But recently on the market we can find  various alternatives to Botox. 

1. Microcurrent known as Galvanization

 

What is galvanization?
Electroplating is an electrotherapy treatment based on the action of a constant current generated by two electrodes. The effects of electricity increase the permeability of membranes in the tissues, which, thanks to this, are more nourished. Their metabolism is also improving. The key role in the electroplating process is played by tissue fluids, in which the movement of negative (cation) and positive (anion) ions takes place. The more hydrated the tissue is, the more freely it flows within it. The current can flow through the skin thanks to the outflow of sweat and sebaceous glands.

 

Effects:

The current that penetrates into the deeper layers of the skin stimulates the production of collagen, making it more flexible. This results in proven galvanizing effectiveness in the fight against wrinkles, cellulite and stretch marks. However, this treatment is a means of supporting slimming not only thanks to collagen, but also accelerates the metabolism and removal of harmful products from the body. This in turn stimulates the muscles, thanks to which the body stays in a good condition, and the risk of flaccid skin folds is reduced to a minimum. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Radiofrequency/Ultrasound

Ultrasound is defined as mechanical vibrations with a frequency greater than 20 kHz. This frequency is so high that the ultrasounds are not audible to the human ear. In cosmetics and medicine, the frequency of 1 MHz and 3 MHz is most commonly used, however, the lower the frequency, the deeper the waves penetrate the tissues. Ultrasounds make the skin and subcutaneous tissues vibrate and vibrate. Thus, they stimulate regenerative processes and accelerate cell metabolism.

 

Ultrasound treatments are used to:

  • thorough skin cleansing,

  • reducing wrinkles and improving skin tension,

  • removing bruises under the eyes,

  • removing discolorations and scars,

  • reduction of acne and skin imperfections,

  • reducing the pores,

  • improving skin hydration,

  • reduce excess fat,

  • reducing cellulite

 

3.Facial peeling - ultrasonic cavitation

Cavitation face peeling consists of exfoliating the skin using a device emitting ultrasound. During the treatment, the cosmetic bag thoroughly cleanses the skin, applies proper care cosmetics to it, and then performs a peeling, moving the device head over the skin. During the procedure, a lot of attention is paid to the problematic parts of the face, such as nose, beard or forehead. After ultrasonic cavitation, the skin is red and sensitive to UV rays - careful sun protection is required for 3 weeks.

 

Cavitation peeling is especially recommended for people struggling with the following skin problems:

  • acne (including rosacea),

  • contaminated pores and blackheads,

  • seborrhea and oily skin,

  • wrinkles and sagging skin,

  • skin discolorations,

  • drying of the skin,

  • gray, tired skin.

Cavitation peeling can be carried out on any type of skin, including very sensitive and vascular.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ultrasounds for the face and body - sonophoresis
Sonophoresis consists in the introduction of active substances (curative or cosmetic) into the deep layers of the skin using ultrasounds. During the treatment, the chosen preparation is spread on the surface of the skin. The most common are mixtures of vitamins, moisturizing or rejuvenating substances. Then a massage is performed using a ultrasound head. Acoustic waves increase skin permeability, improve lymph flow, and stimulate fibroplasts to produce collagen and elastin. Sonophonone can be carried out both on the skin of the body and on the face. The effect of the treatment depends on the type of preparation used for sonophoresis.

 

The treatment is recommended for people who are struggling with the following problems:

  • skin dry, gray, tired;

  • the skin went limp;

  • wrinkles;

  • cellulite and overweight;

  • rosacea and common acne;

  • dilated capillaries;

  • dark circles under the eyes;

  • erythema and skin discoloration.

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4.Microneedling

Microneedling increases the production of collagen and other healing factors, causing skin injury. Collagen is an essential protein that helps to maintain a youthful appearance of the skin, with a firm, smooth and elastic texture. Aging causes collagen to fall in the skin, contributing to the appearance of wrinkles and other signs of aging. The skin may also lose collagen due to injuries such as acne scars, stretch marks or other scars. It is important to realize that microneedle is not a quick solution because it involves the growth of new skin. The full results of the procedure may take several months.

 

Microneedling can help solve many skin-related problems, including:

  • wrinkles

  • scars

  • acne

  • alopecia

  • problems with skin pigmentation

  • stretch marks

  • rosacea

  • loose skin, such as after slimming or liposuction

  • It can also help rejuvenate the skin.

In addition, specialists can use microneedles to deposit drugs such as topical tretinoin or vitamin C, deeper into the skin. It can increase the effectiveness of treatment of various problems, including acne scars.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.LED Therapy

Phototherapy, or light therapy, is the name for the various activities that underlie light therapy. All cells contain photoreceptors that naturally absorb light. Such beneficial absorption stimulates the cellular physiological process. Light therapy has been used for over a decade. It accelerates the natural light absorption process to improve and stimulate cellular metabolism. Light penetrates the cellular mitochondria, reaches the inner membrane, where cytochrome oxidase is stimulated to function. The cell's respiratory chain is activated, increased cellular metabolism of melanocytes, keratinocytes and fibroblasts. The amount of free radicals is reduced.

 

Indications:

  • rejuvenation and firming the skin, preventing aging

  • rosacea, vascular skin, erythema, irritated

  • psoriasis

  • wound healing, pressure ulcers

  • conditions after surgical procedures

  • pigmentation changes

  • hair loss, support regrowth

  • stress, depression

NOTE

  • Violet light 415nm, works at the level of the epidermis. It has antibacterial properties, increases the release of melanin and activates melanocytes - affects pigmentation.

  • Blue light 470nm, works at the level of the epidermis. Antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, reduces inflammatory changes in patients with acne vulgaris and rosacea.

  • Light yellow 590nm, works at the level of the epidermis and dermis. Increases the synthesis of collagen - the indication is dry skin and the first signs of aging. It also reduces erythema.

  • Red light 590nm, works on the level of the epidermis and dermis. It stimulates fibroblasts for more intensive work, which affects the production of collagen, glycoprotein and glycosamine elastin. It reduces and soothes typical irritations after treatments, reduces redness and inflammation.

  • Orange light 590 - 630nm, works at the level of the epidermis and dermis. We are also dealing with a synergistic effect of yellow and red.

 

 

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