“Wrinkled was not one of the things I wanted to be when I grew up.” Although amusing, this statement is likely true for most people. Unfortunately, as the clock turns, we all age and so does our skin. This, however, doesn’t need to be your fate.
With the advances in technology and research, there are numerous treatments that you can use to make you look younger and leave your skin looking healthy and rejuvenated. Here are 5 cosmetic treatments that we recommend for turning back the clock:
If you are looking to improve sun damaged skin, wrinkles, fine lines or acne scarring then chemical peels might be the thing for you. A chemical solution is applied to small areas of the skin. A controlled wound then forms and creates a smooth new skin layer. The chemical solution can be one of, or a combination of glycolic acid, trichloroacetic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid, or carbolic acid (phenol). Most people feel a slight burning sensation during the peel that can last five to ten minutes. This is then followed by a subtle stinging sensation.
Although patients won’t need to stay overnight after the treatment, there is a short recovering time of seven to fourteen days. During this time the ‘wound’ created by the peel will heal leaving you with firmer looking skin. The procedure can be done in either a doctor’s office or at a clinic.
The Vampire Facial
First made popular by Kim Kardashian, the Vampire Facial, also known as Platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP) might sound unorthodox, but it produces amazing visible results. Plasma is separated from your blood and then injected into the first layer of skin with micro-needling. The micro-needling causes your skin to think that it has been injured, triggering the skin to produce more collagen. With the added platelets in the plasma, your skin rejuvenates itself looking firmer and younger.
Vampire facials have a very short recovery time. Patients might have some redness on the targeted areas after the treatment, but this will go away quickly. The procedure has been used in the medical field for a number of years and has little to no side-effects.
Botox is well known as a cosmetic procedure to make you look younger, and not without reason. It is a non-surgical cosmetic treatment where muscles are temporary paralyzed allowing wrinkles to flatten gradually for a smoother skin. Small amounts of a purified protein derived from the botulinum toxin is injected directly into your muscles to cause the paralyzation.
The treatment usually takes around ten minutes to complete but needs to be repeated every three to four months. Pain during the procedure is minimal as the Botox needles are very small. Although not everyone has side effects, some people do experience headaches or mild pain at the injection site. Botox is widely recommended for smoother, younger looking skin and is definitely worth a try. One thing to be aware of, however, is that numerous users have recommended not paralyzing your whole face during your first treatment.
One of the more effective, but also more expensive treatments, cosmetic surgery can make you look almost ten years younger! Over the years the procedure has greatly been improved, from large incisions to much smaller ones that are strategically placed. It is now often performed endoscopically leaving almost no sign of the procedure. Of course, as the name suggests, you will need to go under the blade.
Skin on the face, neck, eyelids, and forehead is lifted to give a tighter appearance. This procedure isn’t stopping the clock, but rather turning it back to make you look younger for the rest of your life. Recovery time will depend on the type of procedure but is typically 14 to 21 days. If you can afford this procedure, it is definitely worth trying.
Ultherapy is a new non-surgical procedure that uses ultrasound to firm, tighten and lift the skin. Low levels of heat are applied to specific areas that stimulate the growth of new collagen. This procedure is great if your skin is sagging or less firm than it used to be.
You will require multiple treatments, but results are visible after the first couple of procedures. The number of treatments required will depend on person to person but shouldn’t take more than two to three months. Yearly maintenance might be required as the skin still continues to age.