In the past, patients looking to turn back the clock on aging skin were faced with few effective treatments, short of facelift surgery. Thankfully, that’s no longer the case. Recent medical advances have created a new arsenal of noninvasive and minimally invasive procedures that are effective at reducing or reversing the signs of aging.
Read on for a quick review of the top non-surgical skin treatments.
Although microneedling does, indeed, involve needles, it’s a lot less frightening than it sounds. Microneedling can be done at home or at a medical aesthetics office with a hand-held dermaroller. Treatments that add radiofrequency, such as RF microneedling packages, are an in-office-only procedure.
During microneedling, a dermaroller introduces tiny needles into the skin. The procedure is also referred to as collagen induction therapy since its purpose is to produce small skin injuries that encourage the growth of new collagen.
The resulting new skin tissue is rich in healing collagen and is generally thicker, smoother and more even-textured. Microneedling can be used to treat wrinkles and fine lines, scarring and age spots. Although many patients will experience slight discomfort after treatment, recovery time is minimal. Because the procedure actually creates fresh skin tissue, results can be long-lasting.
Neurotoxins are the number one most-used cosmetic treatment in America today. Protein botulinum toxins, such as Botox® and Dysport®, are injected into the skin of the neckline, face and other areas and work by relaxing the underlying muscles.
This relaxation lifts the skin and smooths the appearance of wrinkles, with results typically lasting several months. Most patients experience little to no discomfort, and results can be seen immediately.
Dermal fillers are injections that plump up the skin, filling out areas of volume loss. They can be used to fill in deeper wrinkles such as the nasolabial fold, which includes the wrinkles that run from the nose to corners of the mouth, as well as to increase volume in hollows under the eyes.
Results from dermal fillers are immediate and can last anywhere from a few months to over a year, depending upon the type of filler used. Injection of dermal fillers can be uncomfortable, but most patients report that it is quite tolerable. For those with sensitive skin, or for patients receiving multiple injections, doctors may apply numbing cream.
Many providers offer combination packages, incorporating two or more of these treatments to work in concert and produce the best results. A qualified medical provider can help you find the options that best match your individual goals, needs and budget.