As people age, their skin ages along with them. This is an unfortunate fact of life. While there is little one can do to slow the passage of time, there are many steps you can take to mitigate and reduce the effects of aging on your skin. After considerable research, we’re pleased to present you with seven of the most popular and effective anti-aging treatments available to women and men today. Read on to learn how to reduce the signs of aging skin:
Botulinum Toxin Therapy
Most commonly known as Botox, Dysport or Xeomin, botulinum toxin injections can play a significant role in reducing frown lines (aka glabellar lines) between the eyebrows and eliminating the lines known as “crow’s feet” commonly found at the corners of the eyes. Rated one of the most popular forms of cosmetic skin treatment in 2022, this procedure works by preventing the muscles in the affected areas from tightening. While there is little-to-no recovery time required for this type of cosmetic procedure, it can take a week or more to see the effects of the treatment first-hand; the results of which typically last 3-4 months.
Primarily used to treat wrinkles, age spots, and sun damage, dermabrasion uses a specially-designed rotating brush to remove the outer layer of the skin from small areas of the face. This procedure results in new, smoother skin growing in to replace it. The new skin will look red or pink for approximately 2-3 weeks, and some people may experience scabbing or swelling after the treatment is performed. Depending on the state of your skin prior to the procedure, it may take weeks or months to experience the full results and you may need to take time off from work or other commitments while you heal. While most people require only one procedure, individuals with deep scars or significant signs of aging skin may require more than one dermabrasion treatment.
Similar to dermabrasion, this anti-aging skin treatment involves the removal of the top-most layer of skin. However, instead of using a rotating brush, microdermabrasion uses a special machine to spray tiny particles on the skin. It is far less abrasive than dermabrasion and takes considerably less time to heal. While it can be used on all skin types, patients may require several sessions to achieve the desired results. Many people, women and men alike, include microdermabrasion as part of their anti-aging skin care routine.
During a chemical peel, the dermatologist or doctor will use a type of acid to peel away the outermost layer of skin. This process is highly effective at removing age spots and wrinkles, while providing you with a brighter skin tone. Your skin will require some time to heal after a chemical peel and may appear red for a week or two after the procedure. Depending on the type of chemical peel you receive, you may have to have more than one treatment to achieve the desired results.
Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing
For this anti-aging skin treatment, the doctor will use a special laser to treat small, narrow columns of skin. The laser inflicts damage on the deep layers of skin, which in turn stimulates fresh, new skin cell growth. In time, the damaged areas of the skin peel away to reveal smoother, younger-looking skin. Fractional laser skin resurfacing can be used to treat wrinkles and fine lines on your face. While your skin will not require considerable time to heal after fractional laser skin resurfacing, patients will likely experience some form of redness, pain, peeling or scabbing. Additionally, you may require several treatments over a 2-3 week period to achieve the results you desire.
Dermal fillers are substances that a doctor injects into your skin to fill out wrinkles and lines. Some of the most popular dermal fillers include collagen, hyaluronic acid gel, and fat. Dermal fillers can be used to reduce wrinkles on your lips, face and hands. In many cases, you don’t require any recovery time after getting a dermal filler, and you will very likely see the results immediately. The effects of dermal fillers can last anywhere from 2 months to 3 years depending on the type of filler used. Collagen injections are one of the shortest lasting fillers, while injections of your own fat can last from 1-3 years.
Nonablative Skin Rejuvenation
Nonablative skin rejuvenation uses lasers and other types of energy to treat wrinkles, age spots, and loss of skin tone. Unlike other forms of anti-aging skin treatment, this particular type of treatment does not remove the outer layer of skin and requires little (if any) recovery time. While you may need several individual treatments to achieve the desired results, it can take up to three months to experience the full effects.