While aging is natural, men and women worldwide work to keep their youthful appearance. There are invasive and non-invasive procedures, skin care creams, exercise regimens, diets, and a host of “healthful” suggestions for individuals looking to maintain their skin. Unfortunately, as you age, your skin cells just don’t have the same ability to repair themselves like they used to — which is why you do have to rely on outside treatments to keep lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging at bay.
Luckily, several different non-invasive procedures can tackle the signs of aging, not just on your face, but your whole body. When most individuals think about reversing aging, they think of Botox. But you don’t have to go the injection route to get results.
Here are some of the most popular procedures that reverse aging.
Skin-Tightening with Thermage
If you’re not quite ready for any kind of injections or other invasive face procedures, consider skin-tightening laser treatments like Thermage. These procedures use radio frequency waves to stimulate the skin cells deep in the dermis. The heat helps produce collagen, the magical protein molecule that repairs your skin cells.
This skin-tightening procedure takes about an hour. Thermage is a trusted brand with proven results. The doctor will determine which course of treatment is best for each individual patient based on their skin, lifestyle, desire, and recovery abilities. Thermage can be used on the face as well as the body.
Reduce Fine Lines with a Chemical Peel
Like an intense mask, a chemical peel procedure is relaxing and can leave your skin looking supple and healthy. Individuals worried about fine lines, crow’s feet, or age spots are likely to see an improvement after just one peel. These are also great for acne, scars, and improving skin tone.
The doctor will apply a cream made of mild, botanical acids to your face for about 15-30 mins, on average. Some treatments may go on longer, depending on the level of intensity discussed between you and your doctor prior to the treatment.
After a few days, the skin on your face begins to peel. Peeling occurs for 7-21 days, again, depending on the level of treatment. After that, new skin cells grow to replace the old ones, leaving your skin looking fuller.
Laser Resurfacing for Smoother, Younger Skin
Another excellent non-invasive procedure that reverses aging is laser resurfacing, done with laser tools from Sciton and Clear + Brilliant. Similar to skin-tightening, the idea is to apply a specific laser-based machine that distributes heat. However, these specific techniques focus on the top layers of skin.
Once the high-frequency laser does its work getting rid of old skin cells, you’ll see results in about 10 days. You may notice some light swelling for 3-6 days, and your doctor may recommend you avoid makeup and use a moisturizer during the healing process.
If you’re looking to try an effective, technologically advanced anti-aging treatment under the watchful eye of an experienced plastic surgeon, call the Hillelson-Whipple Clinic at 804-290-0060
The doctors at our Richmond-based medical office have over 50 years of experience between them. They will be happy to consult you and recommend the best possible treatment for your age, lifestyle, and body. You can also request a consultation online, and we’ll call you back!