When you first begin seeking ways to reverse signs of aging that inevitably show up on everyone’s skin, you might be a bit overwhelmed. There are so many ways to treat your skin that you may not know which method to try. The only way to figure out what method is right for you is to compare each of them and also narrow your choices down by getting a consultation with a trained dermatologist or skincare clinician. Here are four of the top anti-aging skincare procedures to help you get started.
Botulinum Toxin (Botox) Injections to “Freeze” Muscles and Eliminate Wrinkles
Botulinum toxin is most commonly called Botox. However, it also goes by such other brand names as Dysport and Xeomin. In large amounts, it is toxic. However, small doses have long been approved for use in skincare circles. The plant derivative has special properties that allow it to prevent certain nerve impulses. Those impulses are responsible for causing your muscles to move. By temporarily freezing the muscles near an area where you have a wrinkle, the Botox can help smooth out the wrinkle. The results typically last for three to six months. Longer-lasting results usually occur after repeat treatments.
Hyaluronic Acid Fillers to Round Out Sunken Skin
Hyaluronic acid is just one filler ingredient. Fillers are injected materials essentially meant to fill in sunken areas of skin. The process is similar to inflating a balloon. In the process, certain fillers also have healing properties, including hyaluronic acid. It can encourage your body to start increasing its collagen production. Collagen helps to keep your skin cells held tightly together, reducing wrinkles.
Hyaluronic acid fillers are safe and natural because your body some hyaluronic acid on its own anyway. The injection is also unique because a second injection of an enzyme called hyaluronidase can completely erase the effects of the initial filler treatment. Most skincare procedures are not so easily reversible. Therefore, if you are unsatisfied for any reason, you are not stuck with the results. Filler treatments may need to be repeated at intervals, as your body absorbs some of the hyaluronic acid or other filler materials.
Various Types of Clinical Laser Skincare Procedures to Revitalize Your Skin
Clinical laser skincare procedures are among the most popular procedures performed in skincare clinics today, with good reason. There are many different types of laser devices and treatments. Therefore, you can select the laser medical devices designed to treat your particular anti-aging concerns. For example, some lasers are designed to treat scars and age spots. Others can spot treat specific wrinkles.
Of course, some lasers perform treatments not visible immediately on the surface of your skin. Known as non-ablative lasers, they do not perform spot treatments. Instead, they strengthen all skin in the treatment area over a prolonged period of time. They do that by disrupting cells in your deeper skin layers just enough to start natural production of healing materials like additional collagen. Although collagen is made by your body naturally, it is in its highest natural amounts when you are young. As you age, you have to find ways to supplement it or get your body to produce more, such as with non-ablative laser treatment.
Chemical Peels to Clear Up Surface and Near-Surface Blemishes
Chemical peels are procedures typically thought to treat the surface of your skin. They do so by removing any materials that may be unnecessary and causing damage, such as dead skin cells or dirt. However, chemical peels can actually impact several layers of your skin. The depth depends on the mixture of chemicals used. Your clinician can help you choose a type of peel best for you based on the condition of your skin.