In the past several decades, cosmetic procedures to improve the look of people's skin have become more and more common. We live in a day and age where you can get rid of your wrinkles in five minutes or less for right around $500 a pop. It might seem expensive, but it can be incredibly effective, and the older you get, the harder it is to keep your skin looking young and healthy.
The most common cosmetic procedure performed in recent years is called Botox. Botox is short for botulinum toxin type A, which happens to be the same toxin responsible for botulism, a form of food poisoning that can often times be fatal. Fortunately, doctors have found a way to utilize the toxin in a positive way by injecting it into specific muscles. In effect, it paralyzes those muscles and in the case of cosmetic treatments, this helps diminish the appearance of wrinkles [source: Medline Plus].
Another commonly performed cosmetic procedure is laser skin resurfacing. It works much the same way as exfoliation except on a much larger scale. Using specialized lasers, doctors can remove layers of skin that have imperfections to allow deeper layers of skin to come forward. Whereas exfoliation removes dead skin cells, laser skin resurfacing might remove both dead and living skin cells to eliminate imperfections. Depending on the amount of work to be done, the procedure can be very quick or take hours. Unfortunately, this technique is still rather pricey, costing somewhere in the $1,000 to $2,000 range [source: Goldman].
A third technique used to improve skin texture is called microdermabrasion. For this procedure, a doctor literally sprays your face with tiny crystals to remove the outer layer of skin [source: Plastic Surgery]. This allows a newer, healthier layer of skin to take its place but it might also leave you red and raw.
Keep in mind that all of these procedures are rather expensive and most of them will require multiple treatments. Botox, for example, only lasts a few months and then you'll need a new injection.
These are just a few of the procedures out there that can help improve your skin texture. Visit the following page to learn more about improving skin texture.
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