Aging is a natural occurrence that we all live with to some extent. Whether that be fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage, loss of facial fat volume, or loose skin, it happens and it happens to the best of us (even those of us who ‘age well’).
What you may not know is that those creams and serums you may be spending hundreds of dollars on every month are really only doing the bare minimum. And by that I mean – mild hydration and sun protection. While everyone should have a good skin care routine and always apply sunscreen, these DIY treatments will not reverse signs of aging or stop you from aging. Medical treatments can be intimidating to some people, but the treatments listed here are all minimally to non-invasive and are only carried out by medical professionals.
There are several medical grade facials that can not only reverse some signs of aging, but rejuvenate your skin by increasing collagen production, such as laser treatments, like Fraxel and several others. Along with such treatments are various minimally invasive skin tightening procedures that have been becoming increasingly popular in the field of
dermatologic medicine, such as different forms of microneedling, which stimulate collagen production and sometimes even simultaneously inject vitamins and peptides into your skin for advanced hydration and nourishment. If you are looking for something more directly associated with that tightening effect, there are also treatments such as Ultherapy, that use ultrasound energy to heat deeper layers of your skin and tighten up the treatment area as a result. Here is a list of some of the most popular skin tightening treatments, their pros, cons, and effectiveness.
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There are a ton of laser treatments on the market, all of which have different levels of intensity and effectiveness. One of the most effective laser treatments is Fraxel Dual, which uses two different types of lasers to target different layers of the skin. For more in depth information about the technology behind Fraxel you can look at this reference. Fraxel dual is effective for treating more superficial layers of the skin, reducing sun spots, photodamage and fine lines and wrinkles. They work by causing controlled damage to the skin, which prompts your body to produce excess collagen and elastin to prepare itself. This results in a skin tightening effect for firmer and smoother skin. Some laser treatments require several sessions as the intensity is lower, while others, like Fraxel, can give you amazing results in only 1 – 2 sessions.
Pros: Tightens the skin, reduces sun damage, wrinkles, and pore size
Cons: Often can not be exposed to sun 2 weeks before and after the treatment, may require you to stop using certain skin treatments that you are using.
Microneedling is becoming increasingly popular not only amongst adults, but even teenagers with acne prone or blemished skin. There are several forms of microneedling, some of which involve more than just tiny needles puncturing your skin, but also inject serums made up of Vitamin C, peptides, hyaluronic acids, and neurotoxins into your skin, leaving you with a healthy glow. Microneedling treatments work by puncturing your skin causing microdamage to your skin, which causes your body to produce extra collagen and elastin to repair itself. Depending on the results you are looking for, there will be a microneedling treatment that’s right for you and it’s recommended you read professional resources for all possible risks associated with this procedure.
Pros: Can be used on almost all ages, little to no down time, cost efficient
Cons: Usually takes multiple treatments for desired results
Ultherapy is a non-invasive treatment that uses ultrasound energy to create controlled heat damage to deeper layers of the skin, causing a tightening effect. Ultherapy is typically used around the jawline but can also be used in various other treatment areas as your doctor deems appropriate. You can browse this site to better understand all the benefits provided by Ultherapy.
Pros: Specifically meant to tighten the treatment area
Cons: Painful, needs several sessions
The above mentioned treatment options are three of the most popular ones recommended by dermatologists and cosmetic surgeons and have been growing in the field of medical treatments. Whichever treatment you decide to pursue, be sure to consult with a trained and experienced medical professional as Dr. Schwarzburg at Skinly Aesthetics to confirm that it is the right treatment for you. Do your research and find a good physician to get you the results