Over the years, repeated exposure to sun and environmental toxins can lead to problems with acne, wrinkles and sun spots. Today’s cosmetic surgery patients have even more options at their disposal to deal with damage from the sun and the signs of aging without the need for extensive surgical procedures.

Microdermabrasion

 buffs away imperfections on the skin using small, rough granules. It works by using a handheld wand to mechanically exfoliate the outermost layer of the epidermis, known as the stratum corneum. Once that layer is removed or damaged, the body goes to work to restore it. Over time, this treatment is effective at lessening the appearance of minor skin imperfections, can be done on most exposed areas of the skin and greatly reduces the look of blemishes and fine lines.

Microdermabrasion should be relatively pain-free. Patients will notice redness and potentially some swelling after treatment, but these side effects are mild and disappear after a few hours to a few days, depending on the way the patient’s skin responds to treatment. As an additional benefit, the skin is able to accept moisturizing creams and lotions more effectively after the stratum corneum is exfoliated. Because of this, unguents are always applied right after treatment to soothe and hydrate the skin.

Thermage

Thermage helps reduce visible signs of aging by smoothing and tightening the skin without surgery. The treatment sends radio-frequency waves into the skin, where they work below the surface, tightening sagging skin while providing better definition of facial features. radio-frequency stimulates collagen production so the body actually tightens and tones itself. This procedure works by delivering radio-frequency pulses to the skin to stimulate collagen production. It’s effective in treating loose, sagging skin on the face and around the eyes. It can also be used to tone and tighten bulges on various parts of the body. Thermage treatment takes about an hour for most areas and typically requires just one treatment for visibly noticeable results.

Non-Invasive Face-lifts

A final way to deal with wrinkles, lines and sun damage without invasive surgery is with a non-invasive face-lift. This procedure requires less down time and poses less risk than traditional face-lifts, and can be done under local anesthesia rather than general; patients remain awake throughout treatment. For most, this allows them to tighten and tone sagging skin around the cheeks and jaw line without an extensive surgical procedure and long downtime.

With non-invasive face-lifts, patients receive a thorough consultation before treatment. This helps set realistic expectations, and also helps the doctor plan the treatment more effectively. After treatment, patients receive follow-up visits to ensure they’re happy with the results.

Diode laser treatments

Diode laser treatments work to shrink sebaceous glands, which produce the oil that can cause acne. We already wrote how to get rid of pimples and acne scars overnightDiode laser treatment procedure can be painful, but for patients with inflammatory acne caused primarily by an overabundance of facial oil, it’s well worth the discomfort to have relief from their skin problems. Patients report up to 80 percent reduction in acne after about three diode laser treatments.

While primarily used for acne, diode laser treatments also help to minimize the look of fine lines, small wrinkles and acne scars. The non-invasive treatment can work on all skin types, requires no down time and can be used in conjunction with other laser treatments to provide optimum results.

Cosmetic Fillers

Cosmetic fillers are not a new innovation in the world of cosmetic treatments. Inject-able treatments can reduce the look of wrinkles and recessed scars on the face. These fillers add volume where they’re injected, which can provide an almost instant improvement to the look of wrinkles on the face. They have sometimes been called “liquid face-lifts” because the results mirror those of a face-lifts without surgery. The main difference is that cosmetic fillers cannot address sagging skin. These treatments can treat only wrinkles and recessed scars.

Everyday life and exposure to the sun take a toll on the skin over time. Procedures such as those listed above can reduce the damage done over the years, all without the risks of a full surgical procedure. This allows patients to look and feel younger without lengthy recovery time and excessive pain and discomfort.