Aging can do very interesting thing to both our body and our skin. Often the skin begins to wrinkle, discolor, and even sag.

Before you resort to invasive corrective surgeries, there are ways that you can improve your skin and face through natural and non-invasive means. Those with skin renewal in mind now have more options that are less aggressive, with minimal pain and better results.

To begin with, there is Botox. Botulinum toxin is a type of muscle relaxant originally used to treat muscle spasms.

Today, it is also a popular anti-aging product, and sold under the brand name Botox, Dysport, and Myobloc. Essentially, Botox, Dysport, and Myobloc work by paralyzing muscles that cause repetitive facial movements, such as frowning and smiling.

These are said to be effective for treating frown lines, forehead lines, crow’s feet, and necklines-all of which can be quite irritating, as you get older. The next method you can use is intense pulsated light.

This is commonly used for hair removal from the body, but has also been successfully used for skin treatments, particularly pigmentation and broken capillaries. During an intense pulsed light treatment, varying wavelengths of light are applied on the problem areas.

The treatment may cause mild redness and bruising, but these usually subside a few days later. Make sure that if you do this, you go to a highly recommended professional.

Next, plasma skin resurfacing was developed as an alternative to the classic ablative resurfacing which literally burns off some of the surface. It works by damaging the skin in a controlled manner, resulting in the healing response and collagen production, which in turn allows the surface to remodel and rejuvenate.

The damaging agent used is plasma, a high energy ionized gas that does not burn off the epidermis. Instead, it will turn bronze, and begin to peel four days after treatment, taking two to four weeks to heal completely.

Plasma skin resurfacing is often used for eliminating wrinkles, sun damage, acne scarring, and superficial lesions. Thermage is the next method which can be affective.

It is a non-invasive skin tightening and contouring technique, using radio frequency waves. It tightens the skin, smoothes out wrinkles, and renews facial contours by causing immediate collagen contraction.

This is followed by new collagen production over time. Results are usually visible four to six months after treatment.

Thermage can also treat moles, warts, and small surface blood vessels. There are other methods as well, including a Fraxel laser.

The Fraxel laser has been used to treat various conditions such as sun damage, acne scarring, wrinkles, and melasma. It works by penetrating fractions of the area spot by spot, without breaking the protective outer barrier.

The nature of the treatment allows the surface to heal and regenerate much faster than if the entire area were treated all at once. A sunburned feeling and appearance may follow after this specific treatment.

The sunburned appearance can be covered by make-up, and usually does not last very long. The skin will naturally bronze, peel, and become a little flaky over the next two weeks-this is normal.

The use of a moisturizer can help reduce the dry flakes. Several treatments are often required.

Those who wish to have a younger looking face and neck now have more renewal options than ever. All of the above mentioned are generally safe, though they sometimes come with side effects.

Be sure that these procedures are carried out by qualified and experienced dermatologists, or skincare specialists with experience. Don’t forget that looking young is not just about cleaning, toning, and moisturizing.

Applying a good sunscreen with a SPF reading of thirty or more will help shield you from harmful ultraviolet rays from the sun. Putting on some moisturizer after cleansing or bathing will help prevent skin dryness.

That said, using sunscreen diligently does not make a person immune to sun damage. You should still stay away from the sun as much as possible, especially on hot sunny summer days.

The combination of good dietary habits, regular exercise, adequate rest, and proper skincare will help you feel healthy inside, and look good and younger outside for a longer time. Talk to a doctor today about what your particular options may be.

Terry Daniels has been a plastic surgeon for over 20 years and has written hundreds of articles relating to plastic surgery. He recommends plastic surgery Utah for your plastic surgery needs.

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