BOTOX Alternatives in Portland

Botox is a safe, effective solution for noticeable facial wrinkles, but it isn’t right for everyone. You may have a fear of needles or feel uncomfortable with the idea of the upkeep needed to maintain Botox results long-term. Portland facial plastic surgeon David Magilke completely understands! Thanks to advancements in cosmetic medicine, he and our team are able to offer plenty of alternative solutions for smoother, more youthful skin. Read on as Dr. Magilke reveals wrinkle treatments that work.

Laser Skin Resurfacing

Laser skin resurfacing is a fantastic treatment to minimize wrinkles, fine lines and other common signs of aging. There are different kinds of laser treatments, but they generally work by creating micro-injuries in the skin and triggering the body’s natural healing process. In response to the injury, the body produces more collagen, which is a structural protein and building block of smooth, youthful-looking skin.  

Some lasers uniformly ablate the top layer of skin; other lasers, known as fractional lasers, treat only a fraction of the skin, leaving patterns of untouched skin in between the injuries to accelerate the healing process.

Downtime and aftereffects depend on the specific type of treatment. Dr. Magilke and our team can help determine the type of laser skin resurfacing treatment that is most suitable for your individual needs.

Chemical Peels

A chemical peel involves applying a special chemical solution to the skin that causes the top layer to peel off. Fresh skin cells are then revealed. Chemical peels noticeably improve a number of age-related skin concerns, including fine lines, sun damage, age spots and freckles.

Chemical peels vary in strength. Our team can advise you as to the most suitable type of peel depending on the wrinkles you want to address.

Injectable Fillers

If you don’t have a fear of needles but aren’t crazy about the idea of Botox, injectable fillers may be right for you. Fillers are commonly used to fill in deeper wrinkles, creases and folds. For example, fillers like Juvederm or Belotero can be injected into nasolabial folds between the corners of the nose and mouth to add volume and plump up the skin, thereby softening the crease.

Medical-Grade Retinoids

Some of our patients see a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles by using medical grade retinoid products. The regular use of retinoids increases the body’s production of collagen and accelerates the turnover of superficial, damaged skin cells.

We recommend medical grade retinoids instead of over-the-counter options because they are stronger and more effective. Medical grade retinoids and other effective skin care products are conveniently available in our office.

To find the wrinkle-reducing treatment that is right for you, please contact us today.