You probably already know that there are many different anti-aging treatments available to you today. Some of them are over-the-counter treatments you can use on your own in the comfort of your own home. Others involve facelifts or major surgeries. Then there is the vast area in between of less invasive treatments that take very little time, but should still be performed by professionals in a clinic or spa setting. It’s important to understand how all those treatments differ from one another before you pick one.
At Home Skin Treatments Are More Preventative
As far as at home skin treatments go, you’re looking more at prevention than a cure. Most of them are so mild that you’ll see very little difference in terms of reversing damage. The best thing to do is use things like medicated creams at home to prevent further damage from occurring. Many of them work well as a first line of defense. If you think you need something that’s more corrective, you may have to explore clinical treatment.
Some of the Most Popular Clinical Treatments Involve Lasers
Lasers are among the most popular clinical anti-aging treatments. That’s probably because cosmetic skincare devices that use lasers to treat skin problems are practically as varied as snowflakes. That is, there are lasers that treat everything from wrinkles to annoying body hair, and many skin issues in between. So, most people find that there is a laser treatment available for their particular skin concerns.
Lasers also come in different intensities and focus on different skin layers. Some of them can be used to strip away the top layer of skin, while others focus on treating the layers that are deep down where the naked eye can’t see. But they all use a combination of light and heat to accomplish their goals.
Botox and Filler Treatments Are Also Popular
Many people opt to treat minor anti-aging concerns like shallow wrinkles with either Botox injections or hyaluronic acid or other filler treatments. Those treatments work differently both from each other and from lasers. For instance, rather than using light and heat, Botox uses a toxin that keeps your body from sending acetylcholine to your muscles. That makes the muscles in your face relax, naturally smoothing out minor wrinkles.
On the other hand, a filler is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a substance that is injected to your skin in order to fill it up. Think of it a bit like filling up a water balloon. The only difference is that, in this case, you’re not using water. There are several types of dermal fillers, but most of them don’t give permanent results. So, you might have to go back in for repeat procedures.
Chemical Peels and Other Anti-Aging Procedures
Among the other anti-aging options you have are chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and sound wave treatments like ultrasound. As you might suspect, all three work in different ways. The first uses chemicals to remove dead surface cells and imperfections. The second does the same thing, but with a hand-held tool instead of chemicals. The third uses sound waves to kick your body’s natural restoration procedures into high gear.
Since all anti-aging procedures work differently from one another, they can also impact your body in different ways. That’s why it’s so important to give your chosen clinic a complete medical history and address any concerns you may have before you ever undergo any of the treatments above.
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