Everyone wants younger, fresher looking skin, but nobody likes the idea of invasive surgery. Luckily, more and more minimally or non-invasive procedures are becoming available to help fight wrinkles and firm skin. Check out these four ways your dermatologist can help make you look younger without putting you under the knife.
Reduce Wrinkles and Add Contour with Derma Fillers
Derma fillers are a less expensive, minimally invasive alternative to a surgical facelift. Although the results aren't as drastic or as long lasting as a surgical facelift, derma fillers do an excellent job of erasing small wrinkles, enhancing contours and smoothing deeper wrinkles. Newer derma fillers are even more advanced, so they don't clump. Instead, they spread out better to create more natural results with less invasion or bruising.
However, that's not all derma fillers can do. They can even offer fast, effective nose jobs. Dermatologists can use derma fillers to reshape your nose, making it look less flat. Again, the results don't last as long as a surgical procedure.
Reveal Healthier Skin With Less Wrinkles with Chemical Peels
Chemical peels are a drastic form of exfoliation. The concept behind them is to use a solution that penetrates the skin. This causes the top layers of the skin to peel, revealing healthier skin underneath. The healthier skin has better tone and fewer wrinkles.
There are three types of chemical peels: superficial, medium and deep. A superficial peel is fast, and it often involves alpha-hydroxy acid to penetrate just the outer layer. This procedure is best used to get rid of mild discoloration and rough skin. A medium peel uses glycolic or trichloroacetic acid. This penetrates the outer and middle layers of skin to help improve age spots, fine lines, wrinkles and moderate skin discoloration. A deep peel uses phenol to get deep into the middle layer. This is usually saved for severe cases because it actually causes second-degree burns. However, the results are dramatic.
Tighten Loose Skin With Radio-Frequency Waves
As you age, your skin loses its firmness, causing it to droop and make you look old. Even if you have few wrinkles, drooping skin reveals your age. Dermatologists use radio-frequency waves to reverse this problem. These sound waves penetrate the deep layers of the skin. This actually injures the skin, which forces it to heal itself, creating tighter skin.
Many patients rave about the results, and significantly tighter skin can appear within six months after the procedure. However, the process is painful. Even with pain medication, some patients can't withstand the radio-frequency waves, making it a poor choice for those patients with a low threshold for pain.
Brighten Skin and Fight Cancer With Photodynamic Rejuvenation
The sun causes major damage to your skin, including sun spots, which affect the tone and brightness of your skin. Photodynamic rejuvenation uses Intense Pulsed Light to break up those pigments and give your skin a natural, bright color. The light is used in conjunction with a topical acid to help maximize the results.
The best part, however, is that the treatment doesn't just eliminate the sun spots to make you look younger. It actually destroyers abnormal and precancerous cells. So that sunspot that was going to turn cancerous in a few years is gone, reducing your risk of cancer.
Many age-related skin problems can now be fixed thanks to the ever-growing list of cosmetic procedures. True, in some cases, a surgical procedure still offers the best and longest lasting results, but these four procedures offer fast, minimally-invasive and less expensive results. For more information about cosmetic procedures, contact a dermatologist in your area today.