Our skin connects us to the outside world. Not only is skin your body's protective covering, it is the first thing people notice when we meet them face to face. And because healthy skin is often viewed as evidence of a healthy body, we want it to look the very best it can.
Serving such an important role in how we view ourselves, skin should be properly protected, nourished and treated. But we all well know, that even with excellent care, our skin begins to show visible signs of aging such as dark spots, fine lines and wrinkles and increased laxity as we grow older.
Surgery is one of most obvious things a woman can do to protect the secret of her age. But for those of us who aren’t ready to take that step, there are alternatives.
7 Things You Can Do to Look Younger Without Surgery:
1. Chemical Peels
Chemical peels are a great way to look younger without going under the knife. Not only are they effective, there is one for everyone. You can choose a series of light peels with minimal down time or you can choose a mid-depth peel for impressive results when damage is severe. You skin care professional can help determine which peel is best for your skin.
Yes, these require a few injections but they are far from going under the knife. A skilled professional can do everything from removing fine lines to adding fullness to even reshaping your nose by simply using a filler. There are different types of fillers ranging from hyaluronic acid based to collagen to synthetic polymer microspheres. Each type has its advantages and work best in specific areas. Your skin care professional can help you determine what you need.
Dubbed an “instant face lift,” this procedure involves spraying tiny grains to buff away signs of aging by triggering an injury response in the skin. This causes the body to react by replacing the skin that was stripped away with smoother, younger-looking skin. The procedure uses a specialized tool that both sprays the grains and cleans up the dead skin.Though you will likely see immediate results, six treatments performed 10 to 14 days apart are recommended for the best outcome. The procedure also reduces the size of pores and the skin’s oiliness.
Botox® is a one of the most popular anti-aging non-surgical treatments that involves injecting a diluted version of the botulinum toxin into muscles on the face. It works by blocking the signal that tells the muscles to contract or causing the skin around the eyes or forehead to wrinkle. Like many other anti-aging non-surgical treatments, Botox is painless and anesthesia is not used. Botox is administered using a fine needle to minimize discomfort. Results typically appear within two to four weeks and last between four to six months.
Titan skin rejuvenation is an infrared laser treatment that uses light energy to stimulate new collagen growth deep beneath the skin’s surface. This versatile procedure can be used to tighten skin on your face, arms, abdomen, and legs. It can a also been resurface the skin, tighten pores, remove age spots, and smooth away fine lines. Some patients may see results in as few as one or two procedures, the full benefits of the Titan procedure usually take at least three to six months to appear. This is the perfect procedure for those who want to enhance their youthful appearance without invasive surgery, prolonged recovery time, or injections.
Fraxel is a fractional laser that uses carbon dioxide (CO2) and can be used to treat everything from sun-damaged skin to wrinkles. The procedure involves small microthermal zones, similar to pixels, which encourage the growth of new skin. It typically takes anywhere from three to five treatments, spaced out over three to eight weeks. You will typically see results after a week, and they will usually last five to six months. Recovery time following this anti-aging non-surgical treatment is usually one to seven days. Your skin may look red and swollen immediately after your treatment.
7. Thread Lift
For those who don’t like the idea of going under the knife, but want the immediate benefits of a surgical neck or face lift, there’s the minimally invasive thread lift, also known as a suture lift or stitch lift. As the name implies, the procedure uses “threads” made out of specialized suture material to lift the skin of the eyebrows, mid-face, cheeks, and neck. Unlike face lifts, thread lifts are non-surgical treatments and are performed using only a local anesthetic. Bandages are not required after a thread lift, and recovery time is just two to three days.
All of these alternatives are excellent ways to reach your anti-aging goals. In order to see optimal results, skin must be healthy.