IPL vs Botox
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This is a frequent question that keeps coming up and I noticed there is not much clarity on the subject. All the information in this article has been pulled from medical journals and these can be viewed in the description box below. But please remember to consult your physician for any medical advice.
What is botox?
Cambridge dictionary describes Botox in the following way:
" a brand name for a substance that is injected (put in through a needle) into the skin in order to make it look smooth and young "
It stands for Botulinum toxin, which, of course, means Botox. It is used to relax the clenching of muscles. Once you receive these series of injections to the intended area, the muscles stop clenching, which in turn makes the skin appear smoother over time.
How long Does Botox Last?
Typically, the effects of Botox last for up to three to four months. Therefore, the recommended treatment is once every three to four months. Nonetheless, if your facial muscles begin to train themselves to contract less, the period of time for each treatment may be extended longer than three or four months.
What is IPL light therapy?
IPL stands for intense pulse light. It is often confused with laser treatment, the reality is, lasers are much stronger and targeted. They use a pure red light. IPL use a broad spectrum of light, much like a rainbow in colour. The light is not as targeted AND more spread out amongst the area which is being treated. Which is why IPL devices like the ones we have created are safe to use at home and laser treatment is not.
According to medical reports produced in the past (specifically in this case Springer link) Light therapy in the form of IPL ‘ demonstrated statistically significant improvement in the degree of wrinkle ‘ on a sample group that were selected for the study.
How long does IPL last?
How many treatments you should have all depends on your skin tone and which device you are using, as well as if you are using a clinic vs at home treatments. But you will need on average 8 - 12 sessions before achieving best results. Typically the affected area can slowly start to return to how it was before the treatment, after 3-4 months. At which time, you will need to start the treatments again.
So what does all this mean?
Like anything in life you need to have an understanding of what goals you are trying to achieve. As remember a goal without a plan, is just a wish right?
Both treatments are from a distance to help your skin appear more youthful and remove the appearance of wrinkles. The reality is they are like apples and oranges. They are attacking the appearance of wrinkles but not only using different technologies but using different methods.
Can they be used together, the answer is …yes! light therapy such as IPL can be combined with Botox. Many have found that IPL and Botox make a great combination.
Find out more about at-home IPL devices here.