Best Aesthetic Treatments to Conquer Signs of Aging
Few of us like looking older, and that’s the reason Americans spend billions of dollars every year on products and procedures to turn back the clock. Some of these treatments involve surgery, such as a facelift, but many options don’t require surgery or significant downtime.
Below is more information on some of the best aesthetic treatments to make you look younger.
Botox is one of the most popular ways to slow down the signs of aging. Botox is injected into the skin to freeze specific facial muscles, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and lines.
Botox works exceptionally well on crow’s feet, and the results may last three to six months. There’s no downtime with Botox, and you can have the treatment during lunch and go back to work.
New Jersey plastic surgeon, Dr. Smita R. Ramanadham, “Botox treatments can make a dramatic difference in the appearance of wrinkles and lines on the upper face. It’s one of the most popular nonsurgical procedures in my office, and it works particularly well for patients who use it as a way to prevent lines from forming.”
This procedure uses tiny, rough particles to remove the top skin layer to encourage new cell growth. Microdermabrasion usually doesn’t hurt, and it doesn’t require anesthesia or recovery.
After the procedure, it will take a week or two for new skin to form in the treated area, and you should notice skin that looks younger and smoother.
However, note that dermabrasion only temporarily removes skin cells; you will need to have repeat procedures to maintain your results.
Fillers containing hyaluronic acid can fill in wrinkles and lines on the face and add skin volume. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance that your skin loses as you age, and adding it can make the skin look younger and plumper.
There are other dermal fillers your plastic surgeon may recommend, too:
- Calcium hydroxylapatite: This filler helps to provide more contours to the jawline and put more volume in the cheeks. It also may be effective on deeper wrinkles and lines.
- Poly-L-lactic acid: Boosts facial volume that is lost from illness or aging. The effects can last up to 24 months.
- Fat grafting: This is a surgical procedure that takes out fat from the abdomen or another area injected into lines and wrinkles in the face. This natural procedure can last for years, but you may need more than one session.
Dermal filler results can last six months to a year.
Chemical peels can help with age spots, dull-looking skin and discoloration, and acne scars. Other patients find that chemical peels help with wrinkles around the mouth and eyes.
The procedure removes the top skin layers so fresh, young skin can grow in its place. Depending on how intense the peel is, you may experience considerable peeling and reddening that takes up to a few weeks to disappear.
This treatment uses a laser to resurface aging skin to remove age spots, wrinkles, and scars, making the skin tighter. How long the results last depend on the laser type, and recovery time can also vary.
This procedure works well because there are fewer problems with hyperpigmentation or skin lightening. Laser skin resurfacing also stimulates the growth of collagen, which makes the skin look softer and younger.
Some patients may have skin redness for a day or two, but others may notice it for up to two weeks.
This treatment costs more than others, but results can last several years.
For patients who want or need more dramatic results, cosmetic surgery on the face is the best option. A traditional facelift can make you look up to 10 years younger, but there are several weeks of downtime.
The good news is that some facelifts can be performed endoscopically, so the incisions are smaller and less visible, reducing recovery time.
For patients who have loose skin over the eyes, upper eyelid surgery can be a great choice. For those with bags beneath the eyes, lower eyelid surgery can provide excellent results.
There are many procedures you can use to turn back the hands of time, but the least expensive option is prevention.
It’s essential always to use sunscreen because sun damage causes premature aging on the face. When we’re younger, we may not realize how much damage being in the sun without protection can cause. But after decades, the damage adds up and leads to wrinkles and loose skin.
Fortunately, it’s never too late to start using sunscreen and staying out of the sun during the hottest parts of the day. And you can always opt for one or more of the above procedures to help your face look years younger.
There are many choices, but your board-certified plastic surgeon can look you over during your consultation and give you the best options.