The skin rejuvenation process is a matter of degrees. More advanced issues require more invasive treatment procedures. For patients with very deep wrinkles, folds, and sagging skin, a full surgical facelift may be the only option that can produce dramatic results. But with so many non-invasive and minimally-invasive alternatives available, most people choose to start with the least extensive anti-aging procedures.
Non-invasive skin rejuvenation procedures are also popular with the new “face” of anti-aging — younger adults who are looking to head off visible signs of aging.
First line of defense
Most people use some type of over-the-counter skin care products and sunscreen to protect and moisturize their skin. Many of these products contain ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and retinol, which help to plump the skin and thicken the epidermis reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Spas offer some non-invasive skin rejuvenation treatments such as facials that can do more than at-home products to smooth skin and otherwise improve its appearance. Medical spas are able to offer a full range of procedures.
There are distinct benefits to non-invasive procedures
Non-invasive and minimally-invasive skin rejuvenation techniques positively address patients’ most pressing concerns:
There are procedures available that can address virtually any issue, from fine lines to deep wrinkles, dark spots, and very specific problems such as double chin. They are designed to tighten, brighten, resurface, and/or renew the skin. In many cases, there are multiple procedures to choose from. For example:
- Chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and laser treatments that use heat or light work to refresh the skin’s surface, and in some cases, work below the surface to stimulate production of new collagen, etc. However, these procedures are not necessarily recommended for every skin type.
- Injectable dermal fillers help reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles by plumping the skin from underneath.
- Botox injections partially paralyze the muscle underlying lines and wrinkles, reducing the visual effect of the wrinkles by subtly reducing ability to squint or frown.
- Microneedling, the newest minimally-invasive procedure, uses tiny surgical steel needles to prick underlying skin layers without significantly damaging the epidermis. For this reason, microneedling is appropriate for all skin types and colors.
2. Level of pain
All non-surgical techniques can be performed as outpatient procedures. Although deep chemical peels may require anesthesia, most other procedures require only topical numbing or mild sedation. Some, such as microneedling, are virtually pain-free.
3. Time commitment
Non-invasive and minimally-invasive procedures can be quite short – in some cases just 30-60 minutes. Some require little to no downtime for recovery.
4. Aesthetic results
These procedures may be very effective, depending on the patient. Though multiple sessions may be required to achieve optimal results. Depending on the procedure, results can last from months to years, at which time the procedure may be repeated.
While the benefits are clear, consulting with a qualified, experienced clinician is the best way to determine which skin rejuvenation procedure will be most effective for any individual patient.