As the skin begins to age, the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles starts becoming more noticeable. While wrinkles can occur on any part of the body, they are often more visible on the face. Some people are fine with growing old gracefully and accept this as a part of the process of aging. However, for others it may be quite traumatizing to realize they do not look as youthful as they once did.
Fortunately, there are ways that the signs of aging on the face can be made less visible without having surgery. Seeing a dermatologist is the first step in getting treatment to make your skin look more youthful. These are some non-surgical methods dermatologists use to make the skin look younger.
One type of treatment that can make the skin look and feel younger is a chemical peel. This is done by applying exfoliating chemicals to the face that remove the outer layer of the skin. This method is used to remove wrinkles and fine lines, scars and uneven pigmentation. Chemical peels can be done on the face, neck, chest and hands. Once the treatment is complete, the patient is left with smoother, tighter skin that looks much younger. However, the skin is also very sensitive and should remain makeup-free and protected from the sun for the first few days after the procedure.
Botox injections are one of the most popular methods dermatologists use to give their patients a more youthful appearance. This method involves injecting small amounts of toxins into the skin that temporarily paralyze the muscles and prevent the skin from moving. The injections are given directly into the areas of the face and neck where wrinkles are most evident and results usually can be seen within a few days to a couple weeks. The results from botox injections normally last from 4 to 6 months, so this method can be performed a few times a year to keep the skin looking younger.
Cosmetic filler injections are also a common treatment dermatologists use to help their patients look younger. Cosmetic fillers are injected into the areas of the face and neck where wrinkles are visible and the skin is sagging. The filler plumps up the skin and fills in wrinkles, and this gives the patient a much younger appearance. Cosmetic fillers do not normally cause any harmful side effects, and the results are quick and may last as long as two years, depending on the filler used.
There are also certain products that, when used daily, can be applied to the skin to give patients younger-looking skin. Dermatologists may prescribe these products for those patients who have just begun noticing their skin looking older. Often these are creams or serums that have ingredients such as retinol, hyaluronic acid, or Vitamin C.