4 Nonsurgical Solutions for Looking 10 Years Younger

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In a society where a youthful appearance is perhaps the most highly valued physical quality, it’s hardly surprising that the popularity of cosmetic procedures has grown by leaps and bounds over the past several years. Yet, surgery alone isn’t the only solution for helping men and women look their best. Here are four of the most effective nonsurgical solutions that can help your reflection shed a decade or more.

1. Thermage® Over time, skin loses elasticity and takes on a looser appearance. This doesn’t necessarily mean developing tons of saggy wrinkles, but can instead be a very subtle change in the skin’s overall quality that nevertheless contributes to looking older.
One of the most trusted players on the rejuvenation scene, Thermage® uses the power of radiofrequency to smooth and tighten skin immediately upon treatment, typically in a single session. At the same time, the heat application to deeper tissue layers increases collagen production for continued improvements over time.

2. Fraxel® Sometimes the appearance of age is due to the combination of many smaller complexion concerns that, while hardly noticeable separately, all add up when taken together. Fraxel® laser resurfacing can address a number of irregularities at once for a rejuvenated, more luminous look:
  • Diminish fine lines and wrinkles
  • Lighten darker areas like age spots or freckles for more even skin tone
  • Improve skin texture for a more youthful glow
  • Help repair blemishes like acne scars
By removing the surface layer of sun-damaged skin cells, Fraxel® actually improves skin health in addition to improving aesthetics. Since environmental damage to the skin’s surface is cumulative, laser resurfacing is like getting a fresh start.

3. BOTOX® One of the major contributors to the development of wrinkles is the continued facial muscle movement that forces skin into the same position again and again. Just like repeatedly folding a piece of paper along an existing crease, common facial expressions like laughing or frowning eventually cause permanent lines in the skin.
BOTOX® Cosmetic resolves this concern by temporarily relaxing muscles at the injection site. This allows existing dynamic wrinkles to smooth and soften, and also helps to slow the formation of new lines. Although the effects wear off gradually over the course of several months, patients typically find that continued BOTOX® treatments are one of the best solutions to age gracefully.

4. Dermal Fillers Dermal fillers are ideal for addressing another culprit in facial aging: the loss of natural volume due to changes at the skin’s cellular level. This can result in deeper lines and wrinkles, like the nasolabial folds or “laugh lines” that run from the outer corners of the mouth up to the nose. Dermal fillers such as JUVÉDERM® can replenish lost volume to diminish these more pronounced lines. Fillers can also be used to enhance the lips, or fill in blemishes like acne scars. Other fillers, like Sculptra®, can add more diffuse volume to larger areas like the cheeks for a “liquid facelift” that restores more youthful plumpness to the face.

Combining Efforts One of the best things about nonsurgical solutions is that they can be combined for maximum effect, allowing for a completely customized treatment plan that addresses each individual’s specific concerns. For those who notice only faint dynamic wrinkles, for example, laser resurfacing can be an excellent first step, followed by ongoing BOTOX® treatments to help maintain your new look. A board certified dermatologist can work closely with you to develop an approach that works to bring out the best in your appearance both now and into the future.
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New York Dermatologist