Everyone wants youthful and healthy skin, but as we age this can become a losing battle. Many turn to extensive surgical procedure that do produce results, but they are expensive and require significant recovery time. There are five non-surgical dermatological procedures that you can take advantage of that can help you find your way to healthier, younger skin.
Thermage: This is an ultrasound device that heats the skin through the use of radio frequency energy. The skin becomes tighter because collagen production is stimulated with the heat used. It usually only takes one session to start seeing noticeable results. Those with crepe-like, saggy skin will notice more firm and pliable skin. This skin treatment is not an easy fix, however, because most people report that it is actually quite painful.
Intense Pulsed Light: Intense Pulsed Light, or IPL, can be used for a variety of skin blemishes, such as small broken blood vessels, age spots, brown spots and sun damage. Large pores can also benefit from this treatment. This is done through collagen production stimulation. This additional collagen can also help with skin issues, such as fine lines, wrinkles and saggy skin. The skin will become more plump and youthful. Mild discomfort is normal, but actual pain should not be felt.
Chemical Peels: Lactic acid and Glycolic acid are two very commonly used chemical peels. These are often used to improve the health of the skin by improving wrinkles and fine lines. It is also effective to even out skin tone and correct hyperpigmentation. It is important to have an experienced dermatologist or plastic surgeon administer a chemical peel. These chemicals are highly abrasive and can do major damage if they are not mixed and applied properly.
Non ablative Lasers: These are lasers that are capable of penetrating below the skin’s surface. As they penetrate, they do not do any damage to the skin’s surface. These lasers, such as the Fraxel, work to reduce fine lines, improve skin firmness, stimulate collagen production and improve skin tone. The doctor will apply a topical anesthetic first because this procedure can be painful. The anesthetic will often not completely eliminate the pain, but it can help to make it far more tolerable. One major benefit to this procedure is that there is no recovery time.
Diode Laser: This is another type of laser that is primarily targeted at treated acne. Acne-prone skin is often in an unhealthy state and riddled with extra bacterials and oils that are not needed on the skin’s surface. This laser is capable of completely destroying the oil-producing glands that acne uses to feed itself and grow. This is another laser that does not harm the surface of the skin while it penetrates below the skin’s surface. A recovery period is usually not necessary. However, many people will experience short-term inflammation and redness.
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Today’s blogger: Debbie Sweet is a board-certified dermatologist specializing in non-surgical facelifts. When she’s not working, you can find Debbie on a yoga retreat in the Catskills.
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