We all strive to fight the signs of aging, but no matter what we do, we all succumb to it. That doesn’t mean there isn’t something out there to help us look younger. Medicine has advanced to the point that we can actually shave a few years off our looks.
We are inundated with advertisements about miracle creams and plastic surgery and laser therapy to the point that you don’t know what to choose. Let’s slow down and consider some of the many options out there.
Microdermabrasion is a procedure that uses a roller full of tiny medical grade needles to lightly puncture the surface of the skin. These mini injuries stimulate the cells to then produce collagen to heal the skin. With age, our bodies produce less collagen, which results in the skin becoming thinner and stretching out. This method usually leaves the skin red after treatment and takes a while before the results become noticeable. Depending on how sensitive and how large an area being treated, it can be very uncomfortable.
Various Laser Procedures
There is a wide variety of laser treatments available for a wide assortment of aging issues. From the reduction of fine lines to heavy wrinkles or the removal of mild acne scarring to dark aging spots, there is a medical laser designed to treat that specific issue.
Of course, recovery time and how comfortable the procedure is depends entirely on how significant the repair to your skin. Mild treatments usually involve very short, if any, recovery while more intense procedures involve a longer recovery and can be uncomfortable, especially for those with sensitive skin. Discuss this with your certified laser technician prior to the procedure as they can offer ways to reduce the discomfort.
Before other methods became available, plastic surgery was considered the only way to dramatically reduce signs of aging. The results were frequently extreme, but then so was the cost. It has many significant risks and requires an extended amount of time for recovery. Plastic surgery should never be a first choice without considering other less invasive options.
Selecting the Right Choice
With so many options available to you, the first step is to determine exactly what signs of aging you are looking to reduce or remove. Then you will need to figure out how significant they really are, mild or major. Doing this first will help to narrow down your choices. Finally, speak with your dermatologist to get a professional opinion as to which course of treatment is best designed for your needs.