The Best Anti-Aging Procedures

Anyone who looks into the mirror and feels they are far too young to look aged will begin the search for a way to turn back the hands of time. They cannot help but look at the many options promising to reverse the aging process. It can be difficult narrowing the choices down to find what really works. Here is a peek at some of the best anti-aging procedures available.

Fractional CO2 Lasers

The CO2 fractional laser has been used effectively to resurface the skin as an anti-aging treatment. This device is a major improvement over standard medical-lasers used decades ago. Recovery time and side effects are drastically reduced. The fractional CO2 laser does the skin resurfacing underneath the top layer of skin to leave the surface untouched. It encourages the growth of collagen in the skin to heal damaged cells and plump the skin.

The procedure lasts around an hour, depending on how large the area is that will be treated. The treated area may swell or be flushed immediately after the procedure, in which case ice packs can be applied for relief. Cost of treatment can average around $2,500 or more for the facial area.

Dermal Fillers

A dermal filler is a gel filler that is injected into the face under the skin to fill in and sculpt areas. There are a variety of fillers that can be used, such as hyaluronic acid, synthetics, collagen, or fat transfers.

Synthetics have been used with limited success while collagen has been used with better results. Fat transfers are very popular since they use fat from the client’s body as a filler. Hyaluronic acid is popular partially because it is a substance the body produces naturally. It has been found to actually stimulate collagen growth in some clients as well.

When done well, dermal fillers act to sculpt the face so that it looks natural. Be careful as some individuals have had allergies to different fillers. Swollen skin and redness at the injection site, bumps, and discoloration are signs of an allergic reaction.

Topical Antioxidants

The skin-care market has been flooded with topical antioxidants to soothe and nourish the skin. Does they actually work? Research has proven there are significant benefits to using them.

Some of the better performers include:

  • Coffee berry – When this antioxidant is applied to the skin, it actually soaks up the damaging free radicals from UV light, preventing wrinkles. It also acts as an anti-inflammatory.
  • Green tea – While any tea (green, black, white) provides antioxidants, the most powerful one is found in green tea. Not only does it defend the skin against environmental damage, it also provides a calming effect.
  • Retinol – This ingredient works both to repair skin and act as an antioxidant. It works to unclog pores, smooth skin, and improve the skin’s texture.
  • Vitamin C – When this is applied to the skin, it improves the skin by firming and smoothing the surface. It’s also known to rehydrate the skin.
  • Vitamin E – Protects and defends the skin, especially from UV damage, which is why it is often found in sunblock. This ingredient works even better in conjunction with Vitamin C.