Many middle aged women (and men) who aren’t quite ready for a facelift are turning to non surgical anti aging treatments to keep them looking younger. To meet the demand, new treatments are being developed all the time whichis good news for anyone who wants to get a younger look without having surgery. Here are some of the latest non surgical treatments that can help you look younger.
This is a gel that is injected in strategic areas to reduce wrinkles and plump up your skin. It is made from nonanimal hyaluronic acid mixed with water and actually replaces the hyaluronic acid that you naturally have, but which is reduced by aging. It is typically used on the frown line, smile lines, lips, chin and cheeks and can even be injected in the décolletage and hands. It lasts 6 to 12 months and then you must have the treatment repeated.
Botox isn’t actually a new treatment – it’s been around quite some time. This is a protein that relaxes the muscle and is typically used in between the brow to reduce the frown lines. Like Restylane, it is injected under the skin with a needle. Botox only lasts about 4 months.
Hylaform is used around the mouth. It is recommended for the nasal labial folds (the wrinkles that run from your nose to the side of your mouth), to treat feather lip lines and to plump up your lips which can get thinner as you age. It’s made from hylaronic acid and is a rather mild treatment.
The thread lift is kind of like a face lift without the cutting. Strings are attached under the skin and then are “stretched” to pull the skin taught much like is done in a face lift. The strings actually stay in there and if your skin starts to sag again, you can actually have them tightened up!
There are also many surface repair treatments that don’t involve needles. Glycolic peels and Retin-A work on smoothing out fine lines and giving the skin a healthy glow and are simply applied topically. Laser resurfacing and microdermabrasion involve a little more effort in the doctors office but can give the skin a fresh new look without cutting or needles.
Deciding which anti aging treatments are for your is a personal decision, but one that should be made along with your dermatologist who will be able to objectively look at your skin and recommend the treatment that will be best.