Dry, sagging skin is an inevitable consequence of aging, but you can delay the process in plenty of ways. Skin rejuvenation is possible with homemade (and herbal) topical concoctions and by adopting a healthier lifestyle, but for some people these options can’t be part of their hectic daily routines. Most opt for quick-fix solutions with drastic results; it’s fortunate that recent developments in the cosmetic industry enable clinics to reverse and delay the visible signs of aging in just a few sessions of treatment. You’re probably well aware of some of these methods, but a basic rundown of the techniques should jog your memory and widen your options.
The early signs of skin aging are somewhat treatable with topical applications of tretinoin, vitamin C, and synthesized alpha hydroxyl acids. You’ll have several treatment options to choose from if these yield unsatisfactory results, though. Chemical peels should be familiar enough because you can purchase DIY versions of the treatment over the counter. Clinical chemical peels are more aggressive, however, efficiently removing the epidermis (the skin’s superficial layer) to encourage the growth of healthier, clearer skin. Chemical peels may be conducted on regions which don’t respond to facelifts, such as the circles around the eyes and the mouth. The effectiveness of chemical peels depends on a person’s skin type and the extent of the skin damage, though.
A skin clinic may also recommend dermabrasion as an alternative to chemical peels, especially if the damage involves lines and scarring on the skin’s surface. Instead of applying chemicals to expose the underlying skin layer, the doctor will wear down the top layer with an abrasive. The skin may temporarily bleed as a consequence of the procedure, even if the precautions are considered and the wounds are treated after the sessions. Dermabrasion is not recommended for areas covered by thin, sensitive skin, though, and other treatments are recommended for skin conditions like crow’s feet and laugh lines.
Laser resurfacing is the best treatment for skin damage which involves deep lines, blemishes, and scars. The treatment uses intensified and focused lasers to ensure minimal adverse effects and maximum benefits. Since the damaged area is also mapped prior to the procedure, the guided laser reduces the exposure times and the duration of the treatment. The doctor usually discusses all of the viable treatment options with the patient before proceeding, though, as well as the expected benefits, adverse effects, and complications of laser resurfacing.
You should weigh the costs of these treatments with their benefits before you commit. Laser resurfacing is efficient, but a single session is more expensive than a couple of chemical peel treatments. Prior consultations with a dermatologist are also necessary if you don’t want to experience long-term (even irreversible) damage due to a treatment’s adverse reaction to your skin. Clinical treatments are only worth considering if your doctor deems topical applications ineffective. Otherwise, you should consider concealing the scar or blemish with makeup; you can also apply creams to match the shade of the blemish with your skin tone. Skin rejuvenation is always better because it involves treatments which renew the skin from the inside out. In case you (and your doctor) determine that your condition is beyond the benefits of topical and oral medication, then clinical treatments should be your next-best options.