By Sacha Obaid
While aging is unavoidable, the impact aging has on the appearance of your skin is not. There are a number of minimally invasive treatments that can reduce or remove the signs of aging entirely, giving you healthier and younger-looking skin.
Cosmetic surgery may still be the best option for dramatic results, but modern outpatient treatments can go a long way toward delaying or removing the need to have a more serious procedure. Below we review some of the best anti-aging cosmetic procedures available today.
1. BOTOX® Injections
BOTOX injections have become extremely popular and are among the most widely used non-surgical cosmetic treatments. By injecting small amounts of botulinum toxin into the muscles of the face, your doctor inactivates and relaxes the muscles that pull on the skin of face, reducing the appearance of wrinkles. During consultation, your doctor will help you identify the areas that could benefit most from a BOTOX boost.
2. Filler Injections
Whether you’re looking to add volume to your lips, reduce sagging, or smooth the contours of your face, filler injections are a great option. There are a number of kinds of filler available–both natural and synthetic–including collagen, hyaluronic acid, and calcium hydroxyl apatite. Every filler comes with its own individual benefits, so it’s best to discuss your goals with a doctor before deciding on a particular treatment.
3. Laser Skin Resurfacing
With age, your facial skin cells may become damaged. As they accumulate near the outer layer of your skin, they can leave your face looking rough and unhealthy. Laser skin resurfacing improves your skin’s appearance by cutting away the upper layers and allowing the younger, healthier skin beneath to grow in its place. This modern laser technology can be applied to defined areas of skin—targeting particular wrinkles, facial scars, warts and/or liver spots, etc.—or can be used to rejuvenate the entire surface of your face.
4. Chemical Skin Resurfacing
Like laser resurfacing, chemical skin resurfacing treatments are used to remove unhealthy or damaged skin cells in order to reveal the healthier tissue underneath. Often referred to as a “chemical peel,” this procedure reduces the appearance of wrinkles, scars, and skin discoloration by inducing a very mild chemical burn. The look and feel of your face, neck, and hands can all be improved by way of this innovative procedure.
5. Dermabrasion and Microdermabrasion
Another method for rejuvenating the surface of the skin is dermabrasion, a technique used to physically remove the outer layers of skin by sanding or brushing them away. Dermabrasion can also be used to reduce the appearance of some types of scars. A less rigorous form of the procedure, known as microdermabrasion, is available for those whose skin requires less work.