Not everyone can afford the occasional facelift and more women seek non-surgical ways to treat issues such as crow’s feet and other fine lines. From chemical peels to cosmetic laser treatments, there are many methods of skin rejuvenation available today, many of them non-surgical and becoming increasingly affordable. Here are some of the most effective and commonly used non-surgical anti-aging treatments available.
Common Fillers, Volumizers, and Peels for Anti-Aging Treatments
Botox: Painless Wrinkle Reduction
Botox is one of the more popular non-invasive anti-aging treatments. Originally used for individuals with medical conditions such as muscle spasms, a diluted version of the botulinum toxin is injected into certain muscle areas of the face, treating wrinkles around the eyes and forehead. Restricting the muscles ability to contract, this non-surgical method is considered painless and provides results in as little as two weeks; the end results of Botox can last for more than four months.
Collagen: Long Lasting Results
Similar to that of Botox and providing immediate results, Collagen works by filling in wrinkle lines and can be administered two ways. First applying an anesthetic to lessen discomfort, an application of Collagen cream and facial masks or injection into areas such as the lips encourages a fuller affect. It may take no more than a few minutes for treatment to take hold and lasts nearly six months. There are several alternatives to Botox and Collagen that produce similar results with minor discomfort such as Reloxin or Sculptra; one acting as a filler and the other acting as a volumizer.
Chemical Peels: Spa Based Rejuvenation
A cost efficient alternative to surgery, chemical peels are becoming increasingly popular especially as spa treatments. The idea is to apply an acid-based solution to the skin for no more than two minutes at a time to areas such as the hands, neck, or even face; this may result in minor discomfort, which is why a small fan is placed over the treated areas to minimize uneasiness. Also, depending upon the strength of the chemical peel, the recovery time can be as much as three months as the skin recovers from the intense sun burned look.
Similar Results from Non-Surgical Cosmetic Laser Treatments
Providing results similar to those provided in surgical procedures as well as providing long lasting result compared to filler treatments, CO2 Laser skin resurfacing uses microbeams to target nuisance areas, while promoting rapid healing in others, by encouraging the natural production of collagen. It is most effective with acne scars and erasing fine lines or wrinkles; however, patients that have used medical lasers may experience redness or swelling which may take a day or two to heal.
The use of laser technology to reverse aging continues with Fraxel lasers; patents have used cosmetic lasers to treat effects of aging such as those caused by sun-damage or wrinkles. With three to five treatments spanned out over three to eight weeks, doctors have used medical laser treatments to encourage the growth of new skin. This technique can produce results within a week which last at least five months. As patients experience reddening and swelling of the skin after treatments, they require a recovery time of no more than a week.
Avoiding harsh chemical peels and stimulating the skin the same as collagen, Gentle Waves LED photo modulation is a painless aesthetic laser treatment which uses low-intensity light-emitting diodes (LEDs) leaving your skin feeling fresh and youthful. There is no aftercare or healing time and results can be achieved in as little as four treatments no matter your skin type. The alternative, Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), is an anti-aging treatment in which hand held devices are used to supply intense burst of light to trigger the skins response to heal itself. By removing the dead skin, forcing it to take on a smoother tone, this technique has been known to result in a minor discomfort for patients who have tried cosmetic lasers for anti-aging treatments. It also requires more treatments, at least 12, before visible results can be seen.
There are various Laser treatments making their way to becoming some of the leading anti-aging treatments that require very little to no surgical attention. With the addition of pulse dye lasers and more, doctors have used medical lasers to enhance the beauty of the skin and reverse the normal wear and tear developed over the years. Contact professional dermatologist today and seek advice about which of these methods may be best for you!