Who does not want to look good?
Every human being does his bit to look young and fit. However, as we age, our skin also starts showing signs of wear and tear, and before we know, we end up having fine lines, deep furrow, or patchy spots. As we near our forties and fifties, these signs start appearing with increasing frequency.
Is there no way of addressing these? There is. There is an increasing number of procedures and products that focus on rejuvenating human skin worn by sun exposure and wear and tear.
So what is spurring the growth of skin rejuvenation techniques? These treatments have been growing on the back of an increasing number of older active women who prefer looking younger.
These women prefer treatments that are subtle and do not take a lot of time to recover. However, not every treatment is suited for everybody and not everyone can offer these treatments.
When it comes to skincare, it is essential to select the treatment that is most suitable for you and check the credentials of the clinicians/cosmetic surgeon/doctors and the clinic that offers these treatment procedures.
If one does not take proper care, then they can end up with injuries that might require more treatment. One should consult a dermatologist and analyze the best treatment possible before embarking on skin rejuvenation treatment.
Also, insurance does not cover cosmetic procedures, so cost also acts as an essential determinant in choosing a procedure.
Some Common ProceduresThe following paragraphs talk about some conventional skin rejuvenation treatments that take care of uneven pigmentation, scars, fine wrinkles, as well as other imperfections.
Chemical PeelsDermatologists use peels to treat age spots, wrinkles, discolorations, superficial scarring, and precancerous skin growths.
A clinician applies an acid solution (trichloroacetic acid, salicylic, or glycolic) to the skin, which removes the top epidermal layers (by dissolving the skin cells). The effects tend to vary based on the penetration of the peel which is determined by the solution used.
BotoxA much sought after treatment, botulinum toxin injections —which includes Botox, Xeomin, Dysport—are affordable, carry fewer risks, and require practically no recovery time. These work the best for temporary smoothening of a wrinkled brow, face, or neck.
Soft tissue fillersSoft tissue filler injections are given under the skin. These injections lift the cheekbones, diminish acne and scars, improve jawline, remove surgical scars, resculpt lips, restores fullness to hollow eyes and cheeks, fill up fine vertical lines, and nasolabial folds.
Some fillers like poly-L-lactic acid and hyaluronic acid get absorbed in the body. Other fillers contain beads of solid material that are suspended in gel. The gel gets absorbed over time, and beads aid in collagen growth.
MicroneedlingMicroneedling is a technique where a battery-operated or electric instrument having multiple thin, small, sharp needles is applied to the skin.
The needles stimulate elastin and collagen production. The cosmetic surgeon applies therapeutic substances like ascorbic or hyaluronic acid, either before or after the needling to ensure that the content penetrates deeply. This procedure is inexpensive and relatively risk-free.
MicrodermabrasionIn this procedure, an area is sanded using crystals of aluminum hydroxide by the aesthetician or the doctor. This creates a smoother-looking skin. Microdermabrasion is relatively inexpensive and does not take much time in recovery.
Laser therapyLasers also find use in skin rejuvenation treatment. Lasers are used for removing wrinkles while improving skin texture, tone, and tightness.
The ability to target specific cells in different skin layers makes laser the best treatment option to treat spider veins, pigmented birthmarks, and port-wine stains.
The cosmetic surgeon or the dermatologist helps in determining which type of laser therapy is best suited for you.
At-home kitsNot all skin rejuvenation treatments need to be done in a clinical setting. There are plenty of microdermabrasion kits and home chemical peels out there in the market. They have the same ingredients which are offered by professionals but in lesser concentrations.
One can also use various home micro-needling rollers for delivering moisturizers, retinol, and other compounds deep into the skin.
The cosmetic market is awash with various LED light devices, ultrasound, and home laser devices, which though less powerful, are useful if one has the patience to perform them regularly over several weeks or months.
These devices and products, can help in clearing the dead skin cells, and reduce the fine lines and scars at a fraction of the cost incurred in professional treatment. But, since the results of these are less dramatic, these options work best for minor flaws.