Thanks to science and technology, numerous options exist to improve your skin that can help you look up to ten years younger. Many are non-surgical methods with little to no recovery time, while other options may require more of a commitment for great results. Consider the best skin rejuvenation treatments to find the one that works for you.
Laser Skin Resurfacing
Laser skin resurfacing is a treatment that tackles many issues of the face, such as wrinkles, age spots, acne, and signs of sun damage. A laser is used to gently strip the surface of the skin by layer. Once the outer layer of skin is removed, it allows healthier, younger-looking skin to grow.
The two types of laser skin resurfacing are ablation and non-ablation. Ablation is the more aggressive treatment of the two, as it removes the outer layer of skin. Recovery can be as long as three weeks with this technique. Non-ablation treatment is less aggressive as it doesn’t remove skin, instead of stimulating increased production of collagen to minimize scars and wrinkles.
Laser resurfacing is an outpatient procedure, requiring only the use of local anesthesia or sedatives. It can take up to two hours, depending on how much work needs to be done. The face may need some bandaging and will be red until it heals. With appropriate upkeep in skincare habits, the results of this treatment can be long-term.
One of the best skin treatments to reduce the signs of aging is dermabrasion. This treatment is non-surgical and can reduce the appearance of fine wrinkles and smooth the skin significantly. A rotating brush or other scraping tool is used to buff away the top layer of the skin. Local anesthesia is used for this outpatient treatment, which can take one or two hours. The doctor will bandage the area for protection, and it will be red for about two weeks with some swelling likely.
Peeling takes about a week, with new skin growth appearing pink and fading to the natural color over a few weeks, leaving you with fresh and more youthful appearing skin. You will need to avoid exposure to the sun until the skin has fully healed.
Chemical peels are often used to restore youthfulness to the face. This non-surgical procedure is more intense than some other treatments, but the results are often more noticeable. An acid solution is applied to the face for a controlled chemical burn. This solution dissolves the skin cells on the outer layer to enhance regrowth.
A plastic surgeon may recommend a chemical peel for acne or for the scars left by acne as well as other scarring. This treatment also helps with wrinkles and hyperpigmentation as the new skin that grows doesn’t have these imperfections.
Chemical peels range from light peels to medium to deep peels. A patient may require general anesthesia for a deep peel while the other two kinds aren’t as invasive. The type of peel chosen will depend on the skin condition being treated and its severity. For example, fine lines might respond to a light or medium peel while pronounced wrinkles may require a deeper chemical peel. Doctors usually don’t recommend you have more than one deep peel, and the area will be bandaged following treatment because the wounds are similar to having a second-degree burn. Their results can last for several years while a medium or light peel may last for around six months.
Injectable fillers, or dermal fillers, as they are also referred to as, have become quite popular over the past two decades to treat wrinkles and restore volume. Many fillers use hyaluronic acid, which is a product naturally produced by the body. Juvederm® is one such product, which has developed recognition for its ability to restore volume to the cheeks, fill in the folds around the nose and mouth, enhance the jawline, and even to add volume to the lips.
Depending on the area being treated, the procedure must be redone every six months to two years. Certain lifestyle habits can reduce the time between treatments as the body breaks down the hyaluronic acid and reabsorbs it into the body. Smoking and exposure to UV rays are two negative habits that can reduce the effectiveness of facial fillers.
Facial fillers can provide natural-looking results with minimal commitment and cost. They are an effective way to turn back the hands of time.
Choosing the Best Skin Rejuvenation Treatments
With so many options available for the best skin treatments, you may wonder which procedure is the best for you. Several factors will influence the right treatment choice, including the skin condition you’re hoping to address, how much downtime you are willing to take to heal from the procedure, and how long you want the results to last.
When deciding on the best facial treatment for aging skin, it is important to work with an experienced plastic surgeon. Dr. Leo Lapuerta has more than two decades of experience in working with the latest non-surgical skin rejuvenation treatments. You can contact us today to schedule a free consultation at Look Younger for Dr. Lapuerta’s recommendation on the best procedure for you.