Over the years, anti-aging treatments have rapidly progressed. Gone are the days when plastic surgery was the only answer to looking younger. It’s no longer available only to the rich who could afford treatments. Instead, it’s become an industry where anyone can afford anti-aging procedures. There are many different treatments to give each person options to fit their budget. The problem is with knowing which method will work for you.
Main Categories of Anti-Aging Techniques
There are four main categories to the types of treatments – thermal, photo, chemical, and surgical. Understanding this helps you to know exactly what you are getting into.
They use heat to deliver energy to the targeted area of skin. It heats the skin in order to promote collagen growth and is a non-ablative method. Radio-frequency is an example of thermal heating. This method tends to be more affordable with almost no recovery time. It is mostly used for skin tightening.
They use light or light pulses to apply energy to the skin. Infrared medical lasers are an example of this. They can be either ablative or non-ablative, depending on the design. Comfort levels vary, as do side effects. Results tend to last longer. Treatments vary from wrinkle reduction, scar removal, acne treatments, and much more.
They are also called as facial peels & they use chemicals to treat the skin. The chemicals are applied to the face to exfoliate the skin. Dead cells are removed and skin is force to begin rejuvenation. The treatments vary in strength, from mild to harsh, according to the intended results. Side effects also depend on how harsh the chemical used, with redness and swelling being a chief side effect. Results vary.
They are the ones in which a surgeon cuts away excess skin and re-positions fat to sculpt a more aesthetically pleasing shape into the body. This comes with numerous high risk factors and an extended recovery time. The results are almost always dramatic, though the most pricey of treatments.
An ablative procedure is one that causes damage to the outermost layer of skin. It intentionally removes skin a layer at a time or causes damage to the skin cells, depending on the treatment being performed. In reaction, the skin produces new skin cells to replace the damaged ones by healing itself. There are risks with this, the major one being that the skin is exposed to bacteria and can get infected. Plus there are side effects of redness, swelling, and scabbing. Recovery time takes a while. The upside is that the results are immediately noticeable after healing and it works on mild to moderate wrinkles and lines.
A non-ablative procedure is one that causes no harm to the outermost layer of skin. It bypasses the epidermis to treat the skin underneath, meaning far less risk and a faster recovery. It is far less painful than an ablative procedure and doesn’t have any major side effects. However, the results aren’t as great or as effective. It only works well on mild wrinkling.
When you are ready to try a cosmetic procedure, weigh each of your options carefully, then consult with your dermatologist. They can guide you to a reputable cosmetic or medical clinic and make recommendations to best fit