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Comparing Skin Treatments
Comparing Skin Facial Treatments
Skin resurfacing treatments help to restore a more youthful, beautiful complexion by removing the most damaged outer layers of skin to reveal younger, vibrant looking skin beneath -simply by encouraging new, healthy skin cell growth.
The Glowing Differences: Skin Rejuvenation & Skin Resurfacing
Skin resurfacing is simply a method of reviving (simply rejuvenating) the top layer of damaged skin. Skin resurfacing can be achieved in a host of methods. Lasers, acids or other means are the more common methods used to remove damaged cells on the skin’s surface.
“When it comes to skin treatments, there’s lots of good news in therapies for medical conditions as well as cosmetic concerns,” says Dr. Kenneth Arndt, adjunct professor of dermatology at Harvard Medical School.
A growing population of healthy, active older women who want to look as young as they feel has spurred the development of skin rejuvenation techniques that are more subtle and have much shorter recovery times than face-lifts.
Always consult a dermatologist to weigh the possible risks and explore your benefits from the best available treatments.
Cosmetic procedures aren’t covered by insurance, so cost might also be an important factor in choosing your skin rejuvenation procedure.
The Most Common Skin Rejuvenation Procedures.
The following are several often-used techniques to remove fine wrinkles, scars, uneven pigmentation, and other imperfections.
Injections of botulinum toxin — a category that includes Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin — are relatively affordable, have very few risks, and require no recovery time. And they’re quite effective at temporarily smoothing a wrinkled face, brow, or neck.
Soft tissue fillers.
Injections of soft-tissue fillers under the skin can add height to cheekbones, improve the jawline, diminish acne or surgical scars, restore fullness to hollow cheeks and eyes, fill fine vertical lines, re-sculpt lips, and fill in nasolabial folds (the deep lines that run from the outside of the nostrils to the corners of the mouth). Some fillers, such as hyaluronic acid and poly-L-lactic acid, are eventually absorbed by the body. Others contain tiny beads of solid materials suspended in gel. The gel is absorbed over time, and the beads form a scaffold for collagen growth.
Peels are used to treat wrinkles, age spots, discoloration, precancerous skin growths, and superficial scarring. An acid solution—usually glycolic, salicylic, or trichloroacetic acid—is applied to the skin, dissolving skin cells and removing the top layers of the epidermis. The effects vary based on how deeply the peel penetrates, which is determined by the type and strength of the solution used
In this procedure, the doctor or aesthetician sands an area with tiny aluminum hydroxide crystals to create smoother-looking skin. It’s relatively inexpensive, and no recovery time is needed.
Lasers can remove moderate to deep lines and wrinkles and significantly improve skin tone, texture, and tightness. Lasers’ ability to target specific types of cells in distinct skin layers enables them to treat conditions such as port-wine stains, pigmented birthmarks, and spider veins. They can also erase acne pits and many other scars. Your dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon can help you determine which type of laser therapy is best for you.
At-Home Skin Care
These products and devices can remove dead skin and diminish scars and fine lines safely for a fraction of the cost of professional treatment. Because the results are less dramatic, nonprescription options only work best for minor skin flaws. Be sure to read and follow directions to use them safely.
Age Naturally. Healthier Lifestyle Choices.
Even if your budget doesn’t allow for in-office treatments to help rejuvenate your skin, you can do your part to prevent aging by eating healthier and choosing the right foods.
- – Blueberries, pomegranates and acai berries are very high in antioxidants that neutralize the free radicals that cause visible signs of aging.
- – Omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon help fight inflammation at the cellular level, which plays a role in skin aging.
- – Try swapping your morning coffee for a green tea. The tea contains a chemical called EGCG, which helps cells grow properly.
- – Avocados are not only tasty, but high in glutathione, which is exceptionally anti-aging. They are also high in “good fats.” Avocados help prevent acne and overall improve your skin.
Always remember, when it comes to skin rejuvenation, you can be as close as a fingertip away achieving from healthier, younger-looking skin. However to achieve your optimum skin health, you should consult your dermatologist who can develop a skin regimen based on your individual skin care needs when comparing skin and facial treatments.