Ways to Minimize the Signs of Aging Skin
As we age, our skin ages, too. You can't stop time-- but there are steps you can take to reduce its effects on your skin. Here are some of the most common anti-aging procedures available. Remember: Most of these anti-aging treatments are considered cosmetic, so they are not covered by insurance.
Botulinum Toxin Therapy
More commonly known as Botox, Dysport or Xeomin, botulinum toxin injections help reduce frown lines (glabellar lines) in between the eyebrows and crow's feet at the corners of the eyes. This treatment works by keeping the muscles in these areas from tightening. There is typically no recovery time for this cosmetic procedure, but it can take up to a week to see the effects. The results generally last about 3 to 4 months.
Used to treat wrinkles, age spots, and sun damage, dermabrasion uses a special rotating brush to remove the outer layer of the skin from small areas of the face. New, smoother skin grows in to replace it. The new skin will look red or pink for a few weeks, and you might have some scabbing or swelling for a few weeks after the treatment. It can take weeks or months to see the complete results. You might need to take time off from work or other commitments. You may need just one treatment, but people with deep scars or considerable signs of aging skin may need more than one dermabrasion.
Like dermabrasion, this procedure removes the top-most layer of skin. But rather than a rotating brush, microdermabrasion uses a special machine to spray tiny particles on the skin. It is less abrasive than dermabrasion and takes less time to heal. It can be used on all skin types, but you may need several sessions to get the desired results. Lots of people include microdermabrasion as part of their anti-aging skin care regimen.
During a chemical peel, your doctor uses an acid to peel away the outer layer of skin. It removes age spots and wrinkles, and gives you a brighter complexion. Your skin will need some time to heal after the peel and will look red for a week or two. Depending on the kind of peel you receive, you may require to have more than one treatment to get the results you want.
Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing
For this procedure, your specialist uses a special laser to treat narrow columns of skin. The laser damages deep layers of skin, which promotes new skin cell development. The damaged areas peel away and reveal smoother, younger-looking skin. Fractional laser skin resurfacing can help treat wrinkles and fine lines. Although your skin will not likely need time to recover after fractional laser skin resurfacing, you may have some redness, pain, peeling or scabbing. You might need multiple treatments over a few weeks to get the results you want.
Fillers are substances that a doctor injects into your skin to fill out wrinkles and lines. Some popular fillers include collagen, hyaluronic acid gel, and fat. You can use fillers on your lips, face and hands. For the most part, you do not need any downtime after getting a filler, and you will see the results right away. Fillers last from 2 months to 3 years, depending on what kind you get. Collagen is one of the shortest lasting fillers, while injections of your own fat last 1 to 3 years.
Nonablative Skin Rejuvenation
Nonablative skin rejuvenation uses lasers and other kinds of energy to treat wrinkles, age spots, and loss of skin tone. This kind of procedure does not remove the outer layer of skin, and you don't typically need any recovery time. You might need multiple treatments to get the best results, and it can take up to a few months to see the full effects.