Nonsurgical treatments for rejuvenation purposes have advanced dramatically. Surgery carries risks that many of us no longer feel can be justified, and the alternatives available can delay the need for invasive surgical procedures. When it comes to looking fresher and younger, the appearance of the skin and wrinkles on the face and neck can now be effectively treated, and the options are inevitably growing in popularity. Always ensure you do your research, as in the wrong hands these treatments can cause long-term skin damage and even facial disfiguration. Although there is no obligatory body that regulates nonsurgical treatments, the Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners guarantees a certain standard of training.
Botox will lift the skin and instantly smooth out wrinkles. This treatment is still popular as results are almost guaranteed to be instantly noticeable. When injected, the toxin relaxes facial muscles and, when combined with fillers, can produce the effects of an instant facelift.
Nicknamed the ‘Liquid Face Lift’, clever use of fillers will lift sagging skin and reduce wrinkles and folds. Popular injectable gel fillers include Juvederm and Restylane and can last for up to two years.
Botox will lift skin and instantly smooth out wrinkles. This treatment is still popular as results are almost guaranteed to be instantly noticeable. When injected, the toxin relaxes facial muscles and especially when combined with fillers can produce the effects of an instant facelift.
The laser penetrates to the skin’s middle layers, tightening and smoothing the skin, and can be a way to delay the need for a surgical face or necklift procedure.
During this treatment, a high-powered laser is passed over the area to remove the top layer of skin. Intermittently, saline or water may be applied to cool the area.
After the treatment is complete, an ointment is applied and if a scar has been treated then a clean dressing is placed over the area. Following treatment, you may experience a little swelling and redness and it is vital to avoid exposure to the sun.
Fractional laser resurfacing
This type of laser therapy stimulates collagen production, resulting in smoother and tightened skin.
Following treatment, there is likely to be redness or minor swelling that will disappear within a few days. Results will be immediately noticeable. A week between treatments is the minimum time recommended, and for the most dramatic results, three to five treatments may be required.
Non-ablative laser resurfacing
This laser therapy uses infrared skin lasers to heat the inner layers of the skin, promoting collagen production.
This treatment will reduce shallow wrinkles and the creation of fresh new skin cells will result in smoother, younger-looking skin. Recovery time is rapid with less noticeable, redness or swelling.
As with fractional laser resurfacing, for optimum results multiple treatments may be necessary.
Intense pulse light treatment (IPL)
IPL uses short pulses of light to penetrate the deeper layers of the skin, promoting collagen production in a similar way to a laser. For younger skin or shallow wrinkles, this is a gentler way to get similar results that a laser can achieve.
Chemical peels have become less popular with the advancement of laser therapy.
These peels are very abrasive and strip the surface of the skin to enable the production of new layers. To target the deeper layers and more prominent wrinkles, a stronger concentration of acid will be required. After the peel, your skin will blister and eventually scab. When the scabs fall off the new skin will be smoother and there will be an improvement in the appearance of wrinkles, sun-damaged skin and acne.