Skin care has come a long way from the face washes and wrinkle creams of past decades. Now, various types of technologies are making skin look more radiant, smoother and youthful regardless of age. What’s more, many of these methods are non-invasive, yet very effective.
Fractional Laser Resurfacing Treatment
Fractional lasers offer non-invasive treatments for things like mild to moderate acne scars, fine lines and skin tightening. Patients usually get from three to five treatments, and receive one every three to eight weeks. Results are achieved with low risk and minimal discomfort.
This treatment works by creating tiny, pixel-like imperfections in the skin. When the skin’s natural repairing process takes place, those mildly damaged areas are replaced with new skin.
With each treatment, about 15 to 20 percent of the damaged skin gets replaced. The length of time the results last depends on things like the genetic aging process and amount of sun exposure. If you maintain a good skin care regimen that includes liberally applying sunscreen, the outcomes you see from fractional lasers could last up to a year. Also, many people start noticing results as little as a week after their first treatments.
Ultrasound Skin Tightening
People are usually very familiar with using an ultrasound during pregnancy. However, it’s not as commonly known that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a non-invasive ultrasound treatment called Ultherapy. This therapy is used to reach deep layers of the skin and promote tightening of the eyebrow area, underneath the chin and around the neck and chest.
The ultrasound can reach five millimeters beneath the skin’s surface, which is even deeper than lasers can go. It’s crucial that the ultrasound goes that deep, though, because the therapy encourages the skin to make new collagen.
After people reach age 20 or so, their skin naturally starts producing less collagen. An ultrasound could help counteract that reality, without surgeries or recovery time. While the full effect of the ultrasound tightening treatment is usually noticed within three to six months, some people see results sooner. It’s usually possible to get the desired outcome with just one treatment.
Obagi Professional-C Serums
Many dermatology offices provide topical treatments you can apply to fight the signs of aging or improve your complexion in other ways. Obagi Professional-C Serums are just one example of many, and they’re only available from skin care professionals. By relying on the antioxidant power of vitamin C, these topical treatments could help your skin look brighter, minimize wrinkles and soothe inflammation. Some users of these products have said their skin looked better in just a week.
Light Therapy for Acne
If you struggle with acne but aren’t getting good results through medicated face washes, creams and oral antibiotics, it may be time to consider zapping acne spots with light. Dermatologists perform this treatment by exposing the skin to a special kind of light that kills bacteria. Prior to starting that phase of the treatment, the doctor will likely apply a medicine to your skin that makes it more sensitive to light.
Red or blue light may be used, and some doctors rely on a combination of both. It’s necessary to consult with your doctor before strongly considering this treatment so he or she can set expectations. For example, you’ll probably need to get more than one treatment. Also, although this is a treatment that’s widely recognized as safe, you may experience side effects like peeling, redness and minor pain.
As you can see, technology is changing skin care in very exciting ways. You’ve only read a sampling of some of the things today’s dermal doctors are doing to get the results their patients want. Now there’s no need to think plastic surgery or a similarly invasive treatment should be your first course of action to get skin you’ll love.
Kacey Mya Bradley is a lifestyle blogger for “The Drifter Collective.” Throughout her life, she has found excitement in the world around her. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations, cultures, and styles, while communicating these endeavors through her passion for writing and expression. Her love for the world around her is portrayed through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts.
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