Question: My Mom reads your blog and has been talking about getting Botox or the “lunchtime laser.” I want to get her a treatment for Christmas but don’t know which one to choose. I can afford only one and I want her to see the biggest results.
Answer: What a great question and you’re a great daughter! Both Botox and Intense Pulsed Light laser ( also known as the lunchtime laser) will make a major difference in her appearance. The choice depends on the condition of her skin. If she has spent many happy hours in the sun, its likely that she has lots of freckles and dark patches. An Intense Pulsed Light treatment will literally vaporize this aging pigmentation and leave her skin younger and refreshed. The results are permanent but brown spots will return if she goes out without sun protection. If she was not a beach bunny and her skin has lines along the cheeks, forehead and and around the eyes, Botox will erase them– for about 3-4 months. Because lasers leave the skin extra sensitive for a few days, you can also give her a stocking filled with a gentle cleanser ( eg Cetaphil), sunscreen ( Neutrogena for Sensitive Skin) and soothing water spray ( eg Dermalogica UltraCalming Spray).
The Right Tool at the Right Time
Which anti-aging tool to use and when to use it was the fundamental question behind the No-Nonsense Beauty Blog. Initially, I planned to start with Retin A to reve up the circulation and skin growth, add Botox to reduce lines and polish things up by removing large freckles and age spots with a laser. But as it turned out, lasers work best on darkest spots, so I started the anti-aging journey by removing them with a traditional laser and then continuing with my plan.
But in the past few years since I started, there have been so many new options that my new plan has become an exploration of new forms of Retin A, new lasers and new machines that deal both singly and in combination with a slew of aging issues. At a recent dermatology conference at Mount Sinai, the experts came up with an effective anti-aging game plan that started with gentle lasers like Intense Pulsed Light to brighten and Botox to smooth the skin.
I’d love to hear which treatment you chose. Happy holidays!