Our faces start to age once we reach our twenties, which is known as intrinsic aging. Intrinsic aging is primarily controlled by genetic factors and can lead to fine lines and wrinkles, decreased facial fullness, and thinner skin.
Extrinsic aging adds to the problem caused by the sun and lifestyle choices, making us look older than we are.
Fortunately, you can reduce the effects of aging and improve the texture, firmness, and tone of your face without surgery. Plus, several non-invasive procedures can turn the clock back and make you look years younger.
Below are six non-surgical procedures to consider to reduce the signs of aging on the face.
Injectables are popular for reducing the signs of fine lines and wrinkles on the face without surgery. Botox freezes the small muscles around the corners of the eyes and mouth and rejuvenates the face. There is no downtime with Botox injections, and the effects last for three months.
According to Dr. Smita R. Ramanadham of New Jersey, “Botox treatments make a significant difference in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the face, especially around the eyes and mouth. As a result, Botox is one of the most requested services in my practice, and more and more patients are choosing it at a younger age to prevent wrinkles.
Juvederm and Restylane are popular dermal fillers that are also injected into the face to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles.
Another popular option is hyaluronic acid fillers which attract and retain moisture, helping them to increase the volume of the cheeks and lower face.
Many patients turn to injectables for quick results that can be achieved at lunchtime. No one will know you did anything!
Microneedling is a convenient, non-surgical anti-aging treatment that stimulates the production of collagen in the face, which will make it look younger and fuller. This procedure can also improve skin texture, remove acne scars and sun damage.
Microneedling works by creating tiny channels in the face with tiny needles penetrating various layers in the top layer of the skin. This increases the effectiveness of skin care products, such as moisturizers and serums.
Then the radio frequency energy is sent through the tiny needles to heat the deep layers of the skin. This is a standard procedure on the face, but it is also effective on the neck and chest to stimulate the development of new, healthy skin.
It may take a month or two for the best results to appear as collagen increases as the skin heals after the treatment. But the results can last for several months.
This non-surgical procedure can effectively reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and it also works well in removing sun spots and pigmentation issues from the face.
With this treatment, your surgeon uses a fractional laser to place precise beams of light deep into the skin. This creates coagulation of the tissues which leads to healing and results in new, younger looking skin.
The Fraxel laser is considered the best option for most patients because the surgeon can treat both superficial and deeper skin issues in one session. It can also be used to treat acne scars and surgical scars.
CoolSculpting uses cryolipolysis, which is very cold temperatures, to break down and destroy fat cells. This procedure is an alternative to liposuction, which requires anesthesia and downtime.
CoolSculpting is often used on the lower body, such as the abdomen, but it can also reduce chin and neck fat.
Your healthcare professional places the paddle-shaped device over the treatment area to freeze the fat just under the skin during the procedure. The cold temperature causes the fat cells to break down and eventually they are flushed out of the body.
Most patients can get the results they want on the face with one or two treatments.
CoolSculpting breaks down fat with cold temperatures, but other patients prefer to melt fat with an injectable.
Kybella can be injected into the face to reduce the appearance of a double chin, and it also helps fight the dreaded “turkey neck” that can affect people in their 50s, 60s and beyond.
Kybella contains deoxycholic acid which permanently destroys unwanted fat cells. It’s a great choice for shedding a few ounces of fat in a small area.
A chemical peel can improve the appearance of the face by using special chemicals to exfoliate the old layers of the skin. Chemical peels work well to reduce fine lines and wrinkles under the eyes and around the mouth.
This non-surgical procedure also effectively removes sun spots, sun damage, and improves overall skin texture and tone. As the skin heals you will see a smoother, less wrinkled appearance which can last for up to six months.
There are three types of chemical peels:
- Superficial: This is also called a “midday peel” which uses a mild acid to penetrate the outer layer of the skin. It exfoliates the skin and improves the discoloration or roughness of the face. It is a good choice if you want a minor improvement.
- Medium Peel: Strong acid penetrates the outer and middle layers of the skin to remove damaged skin to remove fine lines, wrinkles and age spots. It can also treat actinic keratosis, which is a precancerous skin condition.
- Deep Peel: A strong acid penetrates the middle layer of the skin to reduce wrinkles, fine lines, and deeper sun spots.
Note that medium and deep peels cause more redness, inflammation, and sensitivity to the sun, so you will need more time to recover.
If you choose one or more of the above non-surgical treatments, your face will look younger and fresher than it has been in years. For more information, talk to your board certified plastic surgeon today.