Americans have a conflicted relationship with aging: those wrinkles and fine lines are badges of honor…as long as someone else has them. Forehead lines are no problem…as long as someone else has them. Frown lines are, well, frowned upon…especially for women. People as young as those in their 30s will seek out treatments such as fillers and non surgical body sculpting to preserve their youth for as long as possible.
Choosing the best anti-aging solution can be overwhelming, particularly if you’re just starting to investigate the many options available to you. Here is a run-down of the three most popular treatments.
If you’ve ever watched the popular “Real Housewives” franchise, you’ve seen plenty of Botox: Botox parties, Botox sessions, and the infamous frozen “Botox smile.” In many cases, the latter is caused by a larger than necessary dose of Botox. Many practitioners and their patients prefer a more natural, expressive look.
Botox is prepared as an injectible. The area to be treated is first numbed with either a topical numbing solution and/or ice. The practitioner then makes several injections around the target area. As with any medical procedure, there are side effects: some people may experience numbness, bruising, headaches, and swelling. Don’t rely on salons or Botox parties: make sure the practitioner is a board-certified specialist who has been trained in Botox administration.
Laser Skin Rejuvenation
Lazer skin rejuvenation is the go-to treatment for sun-related skin damage, liver spots, acne scars and other aging-related skin issues. Although some find the treatment and recover uncomfortable, the resulting smooth skin can be worth it. This procedure should only be performed by a board-certified dermatologist for the safest procedure and best results.
Non Surgical Body Sculpting
As we age, our proportions shift as well. If you’re troubled by areas that don’t respond well to a quality exercise program and healthy diet. Non surgical body sculpting may be an option. This non-invasive procedure utilizes non-invasive measures such as heat, ultrasound, or lazers to destroy or reduce stubborn fat deposits. As with any procedure, there is downtime and recovery, and some discomfort.
For best results, your procedure should be performed by a board-certified physician with additional training in non surgical body sculpting.
Outpatient procedures such as Botox injections, lazer skin rejuvenation and non surgical body sculpting make up part of the 2.1 billion dollar anti-aging skin care industry. If you are thinking about undergoing any anti-aging treatment, speak with several doctors and ask to see before and after photos of their patients. Discuss cost, as factors such as your location and the doctor’s level of expertise can influence cost. Regardless of the option you choose, with careful research you can enjoy a more refreshed and youthful look.