Question— In a few months I’m turning 50. After half a century, my skin is looking tired and I want to give myself a birthday present. Which would be better, microdermabrasion or Botox? You seem to really like both of them.
Answer— Happy birthday! I do like both microdermsabrasion and Botox, but they are very different anti-aging tools and deal with different problems. Microdermabrasion takes of the top dead layer of skin cells to leave the skin smoother, brighter and softer. In addition, removing these old cells actually stimulates the lower levels to grow. Researchers have noticed that mens’ skin seems to age more slowly than women’s– and they believe that part of the reason is the daily shave which encourages the growth of fresh new skin every day.
Botox injections at problem areas can erase fine lines and wrinkles, especially around the eyes and forehead. It can change contours of the face, while microdermabrasion changes the texture and color of the surface of the skin. The two tools actually work very well together– microdermabrasion to improve the texture and color of the skin and Botox to deal with contours that are a half a century old.
Your question actually gets to the heart of my anti-aging journey– which tools and techniques work and how to combine them to get the best possible results. I decided to start on the dark spots and splotches from sun damage- first with Retin A and then with microdermabrasion. When the skin’s surface looked smooth and fresh, I added Botox to erase the lines at the sides of my mouth and around my eyes. You can see these results on the No-Nonsense Beauty BLog Facebook Page. Just click on the Facebook icon.
Microdermabrasion, as much as I love the immediate results, lasts only a few days. For long lasting results, I suggest starting with a low dose nightly Retin A cream. You should see very nice results within six weeks. The skin will look fresher and clearer. Then try the Botox to deal with the after effects fifty years of laughing and talking. And here’s to another wonderful fifty years.