Anti Aging Treatments target some of the most unwelcome changes that happen to our faces and bodies as we get older fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, uneven skin tone, spider veins and even sagging skin.
Facial Treatments are the most common and nowadays you can get a non surgical facelift to tighten and lift the face without surgery as well as treatments to rejuvenate the surface of the skin and eliminate blemishes.
There are also many body treatments to improve the signs of aging on the neck, chest and leg area.
In recent years anti aging treatments for the hands have become popular perhaps because they remain a giveaway of age even with a young looking face!
With the exception of liposuction and smartlipo for fat reduction which is a surgical procedure body and face treatments often use the same technology but the equipment is specially developed for the area targeted.
The range of options open to you if you are looking for an anti wrinkle treatment is enormous and likely to be confusing. This article gives you an introduction by describing the current range of non surgical treatments available to you as part of your anti aging strategy.
One word of warning dont assume non surgical means pain free. Many anti aging skin treatments cause considerable pain or discomfort as a minimum and a lot of downtime. In particular ablative treatments use an agent (laser, chemical, nitrogen, abrasion) to damage the skins surface to the point that it falls off. You may get the skin rejuvenation you want but are you prepared for the side effects?
Before looking at treatment options it is worth stepping back and asking yourself whether you really need an anti aging treatment at all. Often the best route to looking good for your age is to start with the basics:
1. Avoid doing harm to your skin: stop smoking, moderate alkohol intake and limit sun exposure.
2. Get lifestyle factors right: a healthy diet and regular exercise
3. Use anti aging skin care as part of your daily beauty regimen
Getting these things right will improve your looks dramatically and make it more likely that any treatment you choose will give you better results.
If you do decide to go further in your battle with aging then do your research. Anti aging treatments are promoted seductively by manufacturers and the cosmetic surgery industry.
As a first step to more detailed research find out what your options are by looking at the ten most common types of anti aging treatment available:
1. Laser Skin Resurfacing Damage is done to the skins top layer (ablative) and rejuvenated skin grows back through the natural processes of healing (Erbium lasers and CO2 lasers). Laser skin resurfacing is effective on medium to deep wrinkling, scarring and sun damaged skin on hands and face. As an ablative approach requires considerable downtime with the discomfort that brings.
2. Laser skin tightening and skin rejuvenation non-ablative infrared systems to promote collagen, tighten skin and improve blemishes (CoolTouch, IPL, NdYAG and Q-switching lasers). Laser skin treatment is very effective in treating broken capillaries and facial veins and for relieving the flushing and redness associated with Rosacea. Q-switching lasers are very effective at treating age spots. Systems like CoolTouch and others also deliver mild to moderate skin tightening and lifting effects when used over time.
3. LED Light Therapy using Light Emitting Diodes for gentle non-ablative skin rejuvenation and collagen stimulation over time. Positive effects of LED Light Therapy are well supported in medical research. LED skin treatment works best on fine wrinkles and for improving skin tone and clarity.
4. Skin tightening and resculpting using radiofrequency (microwave) technolgy for the face and body (Thermage, ThermaCool, Polaris, Refirme). Non-ablative treatment but not without its problems. Manufacturers claim to deliver skin lifting treatments without surgery. Polaris and Refirme are Facial Treatments ThermaCool can be used for body resculpting.
5. Chemical Peel using acids of varying strengths to resurface the skin and stimulate new skin growth (TCA and Phenol peels). TCA is for medium peels effective on fine lines and uneven skin tone. Phenol peel is a deep peel and is an ablative treatment which takes off the top layer of skin. Phenol peels are more effective on deep wrinkles and advanced signs of aging. A Chemical Peel requires considerable recovery time and medium to high discomfort.
6. Dermabrasion and microdermabrasion using deep exfoliating as a skin resurfacing technique. Dermabrasion sands off the skin and is an ablative treatment requiring considerable downtime. Dermabrasion is losing ground to other skin resurfacing techniques like the Erbium and CO2 lasers. Microdermabrasion is much more mild a non-ablative treatment that uses tiny crystals to buff and rejuvenate. Ineffective on deeper wrinkles. Best when used with an active anti aging moisturizer or use a concentrated retinol cream for the same results.
7. Plasma skin resurfacing using nitrogen to rejuvenate skin only brand name currently is Rhytecs Portrait Plasma as this is new technology. Despite claims that this is a non-ablative treatment with low downtime and less scarring than other skin resurfacing techniques.
8. Dermal Fillers to plump out facial wrinkles and add bulk where volume has collapsed. The original collagen fillers caused allergic reactions and were short lived. Latest dermal fillers are hyaluronic acid gel fillers especially Non Animal Sourced Hyaluronic Acid (NASHA). Most popular brand names include: Juvederm,Restylane, Perlane, Captique and Radiesse. Used in facial treatments, lip enhancements and body treatments like rejuvenation of the hands.
9. Wrinkle relaxing injections (Botox, Dysport) one of the most well known wrinkle treatments of all time. Most of us know how botox works but be aware that botox injection are effective on motion lines only and best results are obtained by an expert doctor combining Botox with dermal fillers. Beware of overly diluted botox injections which may appear cheap and be ineffective. Some adverse effects are being noted by long term users of botox compensatory wrinkling (bunny lines) and permanently weakened facial muscles are two.
10. GFX or No-Tox radiofrequency used to block the nerve that controls frown lines. Effects are more long term (12 months) than Botox and not reversible.
This is only a summary of whats available of anti aging treatments.