Are you worried about wrinkles and aware of the presence of fine lines every time you look in the mirror? Perhaps you, like so many others, have considered resorting to botox to improve your appearance.
If you’re wondering whether to get botox, read this first. In this article we discuss what exactly botox is and how it works, what the best alternatives to botox are, why you should consider an at-home laser instead, and why - when it comes down to it - laser is almost always the best option for tackling ageing skin.
What is botox?
Botox® is an injectable substance designed to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Botox® works by temporarily paralyzing the muscles, and reducing the appearance of facial wrinkles.
Botox® is considered invasive as needles are used to inject the chemicals. Whilst Botox® has been approved by several regulatory bodies around the world as being a safe treatment for fine lines and wrinkles, its effects are short-lived and can come with a host of side-effects.
What are the common side-effects of botox?
With Botox® you may experience one or more of the following side-effects:
- Vision problems
- Neck or shoulder pain
- Dry eyes
- Allergic reaction
What’s the problem with invasive treatments?
There are many recognised avenues to facial rejuvenation but most involve the controlled delivery of a toxin, intentional injury to the skin’s tissue or the insertion of a volumiser or filler under the skin’s layers.
Botox® is actually an abbreviation of ‘botulinum toxin’, which says a lot. Botox® works by paralyzing specific facial muscles thereby masking the creases that facial expressiveness reveal. As we know, facial expressiveness is a crucial means of communication and social interaction the lack of which is perceived as socially incongruent. In addition, there is evidence that our facial expressions actually provide feedback to our brain that, in turn, influences our mood. In the long term, facial muscle atrophy can have a deleterious effect on the support of the overlying tissues. These are just some of the downsides to selective facial paralysis.
Furthermore, when administered recklessly or incorrectly, Botox® can cause botulism. Botulism is a rare and potentially fatal illness that is characterised by weakness, fatigue, blurred vision, and trouble speaking.
Controlled tissue injury produced by dermabrasion and microneedling can be painful and carry with them a significant risk of scarring, dyspigmentation and secondary bacterial or viral skin infections.
Finally, volumisers - also known as fillers -, require a very carefully controlled volume of the correct filler to be placed in a precise anatomic location and complications are frequent and sometimes difficult to reverse.
What makes the LYMA Laser better than botox?
Unlike Botox® and other invasive cosmetic treatments such as micro needling, LYMA’s medical-grade technology is the first to transform skin without the use of toxins, without inflicting cellular damage, and without blocking physiological functions. Over time, the laser’s unique photobiomodulation restores cell function and actually reverses the skin ageing process. The results are long-lasting and profound. The LYMA Laser is a world first.
The LYMA Laser actually rejuvenates the skin, making the skin look and feel younger but without masking facial expressiveness, inducing a tissue injury or introducing a volumizing substance. It does this by exploiting the body’s own potential for tissue repair and regeneration. This is a safe, natural process and with continued use yields a durable, organic result rather than a temporary, synthetic one.
The LYMA System is designed to be used at home for twenty minutes daily, the combination of the LYMA Laser with the accompanying LYMA Priming Serum and LYMA Active Mist have seen outstanding results and clinical trials have shown a reduction in wrinkle depth by 53.8% in just five weeks. Similarly pigmentation is reduced by 64%, Rosacea by 42% and acne by 56%
The LYMA System, hailed “the most significant beauty launch in a generation”, is better than Botox®. And this is according to some of the best cosmetic surgeons in the world.
How does the LYMA Laser work?
Photobiomodulation via near infra-red laser.
For the first time, a medical grade near infra-red 500mW laser at a wavelength of 808nm can be used safely at home. More powerful and penetrative than the light emitted by standard LEDs, the LYMA Laser employs multiple technologies to ensure optimal control throughout the entire treatment process.
Monochromatic, coherent, polarised light allows for controlled, deep penetration and near infra-red high laser delivers undiminished laser energy to all layers of the skin, fat and even to the muscle tissue beneath. The absorption of this energy by skin, fat and muscle cells triggers the regenerative cycle which actually causes tissue to repair itself. This makes up the process known as photobiomodulation. The result of photobiomodulation being skin that looks and feels like a younger version of itself.
Stimulates renewal with no damage.
Low molecular weight Wellmune® (1-3, 1-6 beta glucans) not only helps retain moisture within the epidermis causing the skin to feel smooth, as an immune response modifier it actually causes the protective immune cells in both the epidermis and dermis to trigger tissue repair. This helps create a healthy and robust epidermis (protective skin layer) and promotes the formation of collagen and elastin by the dermis, making the skin feel younger and more supple. Unlike other skin renewal treatments that rely on micro-injuring the skin to stimulate collagen production, beta glucans are able to stimulate repair without causing any damage.
Enhances skin blood flow.
Oxygen is the key to life at a cellular level. As we age, blood flow (and hence oxygen delivery) to the skin diminishes and this accounts for a large proportion of skin ageing.
Oxygen therapy has long been advocated for wound healing, tissue regeneration and the treatment of various skin conditions such as acne and dermatitis. Encouraging the transference of more oxygen into the skin can enhance cell metabolism in the epidermis and dermis and actually enhance blood flow to the skin by inducing the formation of new blood vessels. This process is known as neoangiogenesis and reverses the age-related changes in the blood supply to skin. This is why LYMA uses Active Stabilised Oxygen (ASO) in both our Priming Serum and Active Mist. The LYMA Active Mist contains a ratio of ions that mirrors that of amniotic fluid and provides the perfect pH balance to gently oxygenate the skin.
The LYMA Laser system is truly groundbreaking and is the best thing in anti-ageing right now. The laser’s wrinkle-reducing, skin-plumping, complexion-evening benefits are unlike anything else. The LYMA Laser is the best investment you can make if you wish to enhance your appearance and enjoy younger looking skin. The LYMA Laser can be used in the comfort of your own home and you won’t experience any of the nasty side-effects associated with Botox®. The days of suffering to be beautiful are over: everything you know about how to look after your skin is about to change.