From retinoids and vitamin C to microdermabrasion, there are a variety of treatments that will help reduce the signs of aging. The most obvious treatment is botox but there are other options you can choose if you want to hold off of the botox.
Aging skin often shows up in the form of blotchy spots, uneven pigmentation and dullness. This can be caused by sun damage, pollution or other environmental factors.
1. Botox and Xeomin
Xeomin and Botox are two brands of neurotoxins, or injectables that soften fine lines and wrinkles. They are both derived from a naturally occurring molecule produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacteria.
Both of these neurotoxins work by temporarily relaxing a targeted muscle, which reduces the appearance of wrinkles and lines on your face. They also help reduce squinting, brow-raising and other facial movements that cause these lines and wrinkles to appear.
The injections can take a few days to show results, so follow up appointments should be scheduled in advance to keep your skin looking its best. If you touch or massage the areas injected, it can move the toxin to another part of your face, so make sure not to do this after treatment.
Botox and Xeomin can be used to treat fine lines and wrinkles on the forehead, nose and eyes. They are also approved for medical conditions including cervical dystonia, a neurological disorder that causes severe neck and shoulder muscle contractions; blepharospasm, uncontrollable blinking; strabismus, misaligned eyes; and chronic migraines.
Like Botox, Xeomin is an injectable that contains a purified form of the botulinum toxin type A. This prevents the botulinum toxin from mixing with proteins, making it more safe for patients.
Xeomin is a relatively newer product and like Botox, it’s mainly used for the temporary smoothing of facial wrinkles. But, unlike Botox, Xeomin can be used to target more areas of the face.
It works the same way as Botox by weakening or paralyzing muscles near the injection site. But, Xeomin also relaxes these same muscles. This is why it can last longer than Botox, so you can get less of the toxin needed for a good result.
2. Laser Treatments
When aging and sun exposure take their toll on your skin, the best way to fight back is with anti-aging laser treatments. At Next Health, we offer a variety of lasers and BBL therapies to combat wrinkles, scarring and dark spots, making your complexion brighter and more youthful-looking.
During treatment, your doctor uses a laser to remove the damaged skin cells on your face or body. The procedure is safe and effective, but it may cause redness or swelling in the treatment area. This usually subsides within hours or a few days.
In some cases, a physician can use a topical numbing cream to ease discomfort. You can also get a local anesthetic injection or intravenous sedation to make the procedure more comfortable.
Non-ablative lasers don’t “ablate” the outer layers of skin, but they do heat the dermis to promote new collagen growth and reduce signs of aging like fine lines, wrinkles and scarring. They also help fade acne scars and improve the appearance of discolorations such as brown spots or rosacea.
The type of resurfacing laser you choose depends on your specific skin concerns. Generally, ablative treatments (where some of the outer layers of skin are removed) result in more noticeable results and require local anesthetic injections or intravenous sedation to keep patients comfortable during the process.
If you’re looking to smooth out your skin and minimize signs of aging, then talk to a board-certified dermatologist about whether a laser resurfacing is right for you. At a vitality center like Next Health, you’ll receive professional care from well-trained doctors who understand the importance of using lasers to treat your skin.
Microdermabrasion is a popular skin treatment that can help you get smoother, younger-looking skin. It works well for a wide range of skin issues, including fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage, discoloration, superficial scarring, blackheads and enlarged pores.
The process of exfoliating your skin with a microdermabrasion machine removes dead, flaky skin cells to reveal fresh, younger-looking skin beneath. It also stimulates collagen production, which is important for a healthy complexion.
A cosmetic professional uses a handheld device with either crystals or a diamond-tip applicator to gently exfoliate your skin. The procedure is effective for a variety of skin issues, including sun spots, brown spots, melasma and age spots.
It is also used to treat acne scars and stretch marks, as it encourages cell turnover. This can speed up the healing process and make them less noticeable.
Whether you use the laser or crystal microdermabrasion method, the process exfoliates your skin by removing a layer of thick, uneven skin and revealing fresh, smoother skin underneath. The procedure can also treat crow’s feet, dullness and enlarged pores.
You can have a microdermabrasion treatment on its own or in conjunction with other cosmetic services, such as a chemical peel or facial. You can even choose to have a series of treatments done at regular intervals to help your results last longer.
When you have a microdermabrasion treatment, your skin may become red and swollen in the days following the procedure, but it usually heals on its own. You can wear makeup and moisturizers after the treatment, but you should avoid acne treatments, toners and medicated cleansers for a day or two afterward as these products may sting.
4. Chemical Peels
Chemical peels are a great way to get rid of the signs of aging and help you achieve the smooth, fresh skin that you’ve always wanted. These treatments can be used to correct sun damage, improve acne, and reduce wrinkles.
These treatments can also stimulate collagen, a protein that keeps our skin plump and smooth. This can help you look younger, and it’s safe for most people.
The type of chemical peel you have depends on your unique skin needs. There are light, medium and deep chemical peels, each with its own benefits.
For example, a light peel uses alpha or beta hydroxy acids to exfoliate the top layer of skin and improve fine lines and mild acne. These treatments can be repeated every two to five weeks.
However, you should know that the chemicals in these peels can cause redness and irritation after the procedure. This is temporary and can be prevented with protective ointments.
You’ll also be prone to some swelling and bruising after a light chemical peel. These effects usually last about a week, but you can wear makeup to hide the redness.
Your doctor may apply a protective ointment or cream before you leave the office to prevent dryness and flaking. You’ll also need to use daily sunscreen after your treatment.
If you want a more intensive treatment, your doctor may recommend a deep chemical peel. This choice is ideal for people who have more severe skin discoloration, age spots, or acne scars.
Your doctor may prescribe an over-the-counter pain reliever to help you feel more comfortable during the procedure. You can take ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, and others) or naproxen sodium (Aleve) to ease the pain.
5. Hydration Treatments
IV hydration treatments are an effective way to replenish the fluids and minerals that your body needs. They can also help boost your immune system and improve general health.
The treatment works by pumping fluids directly into your bloodstream through a small IV tube inserted into your arm. These fluids might include vitamins, electrolytes and antioxidants.
One of the most common benefits of this treatment is that it helps prevent dehydration, which can lead to a range of health problems. It can relieve symptoms such as fatigue, nausea, dry mouth, dizziness, headaches, and dark-colored urine.
Another advantage of this treatment is that it helps your body absorb nutrients more easily. Drinking a lot of fluids can cause your digestive system to work harder and flush out essential nutrients that you need.
It also increases the body’s production of insulin, which helps the cells get energy. This can increase your metabolism and promote weight loss.
In addition, IV hydration treatments can boost your immune system and help fight off viruses and bacteria. This can be particularly useful for those with compromised immune systems, such as the elderly and those with cancer.
Finally, IV hydration therapy can also improve memory and focus. It can also reduce the effects of stress and anxiety on your brain.
This treatment can be particularly beneficial for athletes. It can help them prepare for a workout and recover more quickly after one. It can also help prevent dehydration when working out in hot weather.