Repost from AEDIT.com; Author: Kate Kasbee
According to The Allure Aging Survey, 56 percent of women are worried about the physical signs of aging. Fine lines, dark circles, age spots, dry skin, and thinning hair are just a few of the unavoidable aspects of getting older that keep us up at night. While plastic surgery is more popular than ever, going under the knife comes with considerable risks (and a hefty price tag) that make it undesirable for some. Luckily, it is possible to restore a youthful glow without surgery.
Clinical studies have shown that the topical use of the potent antioxidant vitamin C, prevents aging associated with sun damage, increases collagen production, reduces wrinkling and increases the production of collagen. It can also be used for the treatment of age spots hyperpigmentation.
One of the best ways to add vitamin C to your skin care routine is with a serum. After cleansing and toning, spread a pea-sized amount of vitamin C serum on your face and allow it to absorb for a few minutes before following up with moisturizer and makeup. Additional reading:
Vitamin A (Retinol)
The wrinkles and freckles we associate with aging appear most prominently on skin that has been exposed to the sun. Vitamin A, which you might also see labeled as retinol, helps fade these dark spots and stimulates the production of new skin cells. Additional reading:
Prescription strength retinoids can actually renew the skin by treating acne, reducing the appearance of fine lines, and evening out your skin tone. Not only can retinol boost collagen production and treat the signs of aging that are already there but also it can potentially prevent future sun damage.
Use retinol as part of your nightly skin care routine. Be sure to apply retinol to your eye area, which is often the first to show signs of aging. It takes an average of 12 weeks for retinol to produce noticeable anti-aging benefits.
These anti-aging injectables fill in wrinkles and depressions, replenishing lost volume to smooth your skin and promote an even complexion. Dermal fillers like Restylane and Juvéderm® use hyaluronic acid, a sugar naturally found in the body, to soften facial wrinkles and restore volume.
“As a general rule, I favor hyaluronic acid fillers because they look the most natural and give me the greatest ability to contour a patient’s face,” says Dr. Davis Nguyen, a board certified facial plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills.
When injected into the skin, the hyaluronic acid swells and causes a smoothing, filling effect where lost volume needs to be restored. The effects of hyaluronic acid last between six and 12 months. It is important to find an experienced injector who understands facial anatomy and can give you the natural results you want. When you start to notice the anti-aging effect wearing off, it is time to schedule a touchup treatment.
“I’m a big proponent of laser resurfacing as it reduces fine lines and wrinkles, builds a patient’s own collagen, and can, in some instances, tighten the skin,” says Dr. Nguyen. “This is achieved by harnessing the natural power of the patient’s healing process that generates younger, healthier looking skin.”
In some cases, a single treatment will improve the texture of your skin. However, most lasers require a series of treatments for the best and long-lasting results.
As the name suggests, microneedling involves pricking the skin with tiny needles to make the skin look more youthful. The purpose of microneedling is to create microscopic channels for anti-aging products, like hyaluronic acid or vitamin C, to seep through and penetrate the deep layers of the skin.
When performed, a serum will be applied to your face and chest before moving a needling device over the treatment area, allowing for deep penetration. Even if no serum is used, the tiny injuries caused by the needles promote collagen production and builds new elastin.
The anti-aging results of microneedling are most apparent after four to five treatments. The treatment is especially effective at treating large pores, acne scars, neck lines, and wrinkles around the mouth. Microneedling FAQs
Among the millions of minimally invasive cosmetic procedures performed each year, BOTOX® is one of the most popular – and for a good reason. BOTOX® is used to reduce fine lines and wrinkles in the face by paralyzing the underlying muscles. When the muscles cannot move, the overlying skin does not crease, which creates a smooth, younger-looking appearance.
BOTOX® is most often used to treat wrinkles on the forehead, crow’s feet (lines around the eyes), and frown lines. The anti-aging effects of BOTOX® last between three and six months, depending on the area treated. It is important to note that BOTOX® will not treat wrinkles caused by sun damage. But, when paired with another treatment like microneedling, BOTOX® can produce fantastic anti-aging results.
Radiofrequency Skin Tightening
This quick and comfortable anti-aging treatment has zero downtime and leaves no scars, making it a popular way to get younger-looking skin without surgery. A radiofrequency (RF) treatment involves heating the deepest layers of the skin to encourage new collagen production and cell turnover to help the skin become firmer, thicker, and younger-looking.
While lasers work to improve the skin’s surface, radiofrequency treatments use a lower frequency to safely penetrate to a deeper level. This helps improve skin tone and structure, and it can even lift tissue. Radiofrequency treatments can be performed in tandem with injectables, microneedling, and other minimally invasive treatments to achieve complete facial rejuvenation.