Having smooth and clear skin is important if you want to retain your good looks. But age and various factors can end up damaging it. While you can get cosmetic surgery to fix all that damage, it is possible to fix and even improve the condition of your skin without invasive treatments.
Here are some potential procedures that can help you out:
The most common form of skin imperfection is wrinkling. It comes from natural aging taking its toll along with skin damage. If you want to reduce the wrinkles on your face and other parts of your body, then the most popular treatment besides cosmetic surgery is Botox and similar substances. Derived from the botulinum toxin, small doses can be safe enough to use without medical supervision.
Injected into wrinkled areas, they block the nerve signals and muscle contractions in the area. This results in smooth skin for a few months. You will need to reapply the Botox after that and suffer some slight side effects but it can be worth it.
Another reason for wrinkles is that the skin loses its youthful elasticity. This means that it becomes looser and doesn’t stick closely to the subdermal muscles. There are several solutions to this. The goal is to tighten the skin again and that can be done with Ultherapy. The approach uses focused ultrasound to lift and tighten skin.
This is done by burning the skin underneath so that collagen is encouraged to grow. It is generally painless thanks to the numbing cream used and has minimal side effects. People can get up after the treatment and go about their day. Effects can also last quite a long time. You likely won’t have to go in for another session for a year.
Sometimes the damage to your skin is not from natural aging. Wounds and injuries can leave pretty unsightly scars. Getting rid of them would be like visiting a chiropractor after a car accident, a simple procedure that eliminates something that makes you uncomfortable. Deep scarring used to require surgical treatment since the tissue would need replacement.
Fortunately, a less invasive form of treatment comes in the form of laser therapy. It burns the old scar tissue and allows for fresh skin to replace it. You can also choose to get steroid injections to flatten out bulging scars. Ask your doctor which treatment would be appropriate for you.
Another method in which your skin can look better is through resurfacing. A lot of the damage to the skin is in the outer layers. Your body normally replaces the layers of skin as you shed them. But this can be a slow and gradual process. The result is that the damage is passed on to the next layer. Resurfacing removes all the older damaged layers and shows the undamaged and fresh skin underneath.
There are different ways in which this is done. Laser skin resurfacing uses lasers to burn off the layers of skin. The layers either remove the outer layer or heat the skin underneath the outer layer to encourage collagen growth. Another type of resurfacing uses chemicals that peel away the skin layers. This can be risky so only have doctors do this to your skin. Finally, dermabrasion uses mechanical exfoliation, usually a fine-tipped instrument, to remove the skin. Then the skin is sucked away for disposal.
Notably, any type of damage can encourage the development of collagen, which is the main ingredient in rejuvenating the skin. Some dermatologists have taken that to the next level and developed microneedling. This involves the use of many needles to microscopically damage the skin. This is to make the body start producing collagen in large amounts in response. They are very effective in removing scars and large pores. Besides collagen, new skin tissue is also created and the results can be very impressive.
Age also damages the structure’s beneath the skin. You lose muscle tone and weight as they grow older. This changes the look of your face greatly. Dermal fillers should help fill out your skin structure so that skin is tighter and fuller instead of sagging. However, they dissolve back into the body so you will need to get them again in a few months.
With non-invasive procedures, you should be able to look good with a lot less trouble. You also don’t have to spend huge sums or spend days at the hospital. Admittedly, a lot of these treatments are non-permanent and require periodic reapplication. But the lower price tag and convenience can make up for it. You can also combine them with proper skincare so that you can get the best results.