Top Dermatologist-Recommended Anti-Aging Treatments
Who doesn’t want to reverse the signs of aging like sun damage, wrinkles, or scarring? But with all the information out there, it might be confusing to know which treatments are safe or recommended. Here are the top anti-aging treatments on the market according to expert dermatologists.
Probably unsurprisingly, Botox is one of the leading brands on the injectables market. Botox has been around for decades and is proven to smooth out troublesome wrinkles and folds in the skin. This FDA-approved treatment involves a specialist administering a prescription solution into the wrinkle with a needle. This solution blocks nerve impulses, which means that the tiny muscles that contract to form the wrinkle begin to “relax.” Over a period of about two weeks, the wrinkle smooths out and becomes less noticeable.
The most common areas where Botox is used are forehead lines, frown lines (called glabellar lines), and “crow’s feet” lines around the eyes. The effects are temporary but usually last 3-5 months before a touch-up injection is needed.
Dermal fillers have become increasingly popular over the years, primarily because instead of using a toxin like Botox, they use hyaluronic acid, which occurs naturally in the body anyway. Dermal fillers are meant to plump and firm the skin and are ideal for sagging in the cheeks, hollows under the eyes, vertical lip lines or thinning lips, and “marionette lines” or nasolabial folds around the nose and mouth.
Like Botox, dermal fillers are injected into the targeted area by a specialist. Also like Botox, fillers aren’t permanent and will require touch-up treatments. However, they usually last from six months up to a year.
Another common wrinkle reducing treatment is a chemical peel. This cosmetic treatment can be added onto a regular facial or offered as a standalone option. Chemical peels act as chemical exfoliants, removing the topmost layer of dead skin cells. This is where dark spots, scarring, and fine lines can accumulate, as well as where skin tone becomes dull or uneven due to dead skin cell buildup.
During a chemical peel, the skin is cleansed and then a solution is applied for a determined period of time. Once the chemicals have had time to process, the solution is gently removed. This cosmetic treatment reveals new skin below, which is brighter and more even. Receiving chemical peel treatments regularly can help reduce wrinkles, diminish the appearance of dark spots, clear up acne scarring, and even out skin tone.
Finally, receiving a superficial exfoliating treatment called microdermabrasion can help keep skin looking younger and even reverse signs of sun damage or scarring. Similar to a chemical peel, microdermabrasion is an exfoliant — except this treatment uses a specialized, gently abrasive tool to slough off the dead skin. The skin’s texture and appearance are improved with just one treatment, and over time, microdermabrasion can even help reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
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Want to try an anti-aging treatment? If you’re in the Bellevue, Washington area, contact North Pacific Dermatology today for an appointment.