Top 6 Youth Restoring Procedures You May Be Considering

From Retinoids to Facelifts, Which Rejuvenating Option Is Best For You?

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Are you sick of looking older than the girl next door that you know for a fact is 10 years your senior?

If so, welcome to the wonderful world of age management.

Stick around for a while – we’re going to talk about the 6 main categories of anti-aging treatments so that you can decide which one may be best for you.

Thanks to sagging baby-boomers and newly-wrinkling Gen-X’ers, the call for effective, affordable skin rejuvenation options has become a roar and the anti-aging industry is booming.

It used to be that you had two choices: aging “gracefully”, whatever that means, or going under the knife to have your eyebrows pulled into your hairline.

Thankfully, a combination of huge consumer demand and astounding leaps in medical technology have led to a vast array of options for those of us who simply aren’t willing to accept wrinkles and age spots as just another inevitable part of life.

Though the number of youth-restoring options is mind-boggling, they can basically be separated into six different categories.

  • Topical treatments
  • Lasers
  • Injections
  • Microderm Abrasion
  • Chemical Peels
  • Cosmetic Surgery

Topical Treatments

There are a mind-boggling number of creams that claim to fight wrinkles, eliminate age spots, clear up acne, reduce pore size, or otherwise make your skin look younger. The good news is that many of them work. The bad news is that many of them don’t.

Here are some tips to help you choose one that’s right for you:

  • Look for something with retinol. This may be listed as retinol, vitamin A or retinyl palmitate.
  • Decide what your top 3 concerns are and choose a cream that addresses all 3 if possible.
  • Study the ingredients list to make sure that the cream has everything that you need and a minimal amount of stuff that you don’t.
  • Choose a day cream with broad-spectrum sunscreens such as avobenzone, oxybenzone, octyl methoxycinnamate or cinoxate. You need protection from both UVA and UVB rays, not just UVB’s.

A great general-use day cream is Estee Lauder’s DayWear Advanced Multi-Protection Anti-Oxidant Lotion. If you ‘re looking for something to really beef up your night cream, try Perricone MD’s Cold Plasma Face Moisturizer.

Cost: Anti-aging face creams are going to cost anywhere from $10 to $500 but you can generally get a decent one for between $25-$100. Just pay attention to your ingredients. In the land of face creams, expensive isn’t always better.

Lasers

Laser therapy can be used to treat deep wrinkles and fine lines, acne, age spots, scars, and sun damage. Some therapies are even great for skin conditions such as rosacea. All it entails is the use of some sort of laser light (which depends upon the procedure) being applied to your skin to stimulate collagen and elastin synthesis, fade dark spots, kill bacteria or stimulate healing.

As with face creams, there are about a kazillion different forms of laser therapy and the field is rapidly advancing because it’s a quick, relatively painless way to shave off years without long recovery times or serious dings in the wallet.

Cost: Even the most high-tech procedures will only set you back between 600-1000 per session and many of the older (but still good) procedures are only a few hundred bucks.

Injections

There are basically two different types of facial injections: injectable fillers and facial neuromodulators. Fillers do exactly what the name implies – they fill in hollow spots and wrinkles so that your face looks younger. Some of the products in this category include Restylane, Radiesse and Juvaderm. These typically also have an anesthetic in them as well so that the injections are fairly painless after the first couple.

Fillers are particularly good for use around your eyes, nose and mouth.

Facial Neuromodulators actually reduce or eliminate the nerve response to your facial muscles so that wrinkles relax. These include Xeomin, Dysport and Botox. To read more about those products, simply click on the names.

Neuromodulators are great for thick-tissue areas such as your forehead, nasolabial folds and between your eyes.

Cost: Facial injections are generally fairly inexpensive and, like laser therapy, won’t cost you much time (if any) off of work. Expect to pay between $300 and $1000 per treatment depending upon what you use and how many injections you need.

Microdermabrasion

This simple procedure can be done on your lunch hour, or at home with DIY microdermabrasion kits. It works by blasting away the top layer of dead skin using fine crystal particles. This stimulates new skin growth so that your skin glows and looks younger. By keeping your pores clean, it can also keep them from looking large.

Microdermabrasion kits start at about $170. There are creams available too, but they aren’t as effective as the actual blasting kits. They are, however, good for using in between treatments.

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels use different types of acid to remove one or more layers of skin in order to stimulate new tissue growth. These procedures range from non-invasive lunch-hour experiences that can be performed by a spa professional to actual surgical procedures that must be performed by a medical doctor in a surgical setting.

It’s possible and even perfectly safe to perform some of these peels at home for very little money. For more on this, check out our article about Anti-Wrinkle Facial Peels. You can also make some of the more mild peels from scratch.

Surgical Procedures

Surgery is the most drastic and invasive way to look younger. Before undergoing any kind of elective surgery, educate yourself regarding the risks involved and use a reputable, licensed surgeon. Ask to see before and after pictures of former procedures that he’s performed. Doctors that aren’t willing to do that may be hiding something and should be avoided.

Youth-restoring cosmetic surgeries include liposuction, breast enhancements, face lifts, brow lifts, hand lifts, rhinoplasty (nose jobs), and eye lifts, just to name a few. The cost can run from around $2000 up into the tens of thousands depending upon what you have done.

Remember that even surgery won’t stop the hands of time; it can only delay it a bit. That’s not to dissuade you, but if you elect to have surgery to enhance your looks, make sure that you’re doing it for the right reasons – to make YOU happier!

Age management is big business and the proof of that is exhibited in the amount of research and funding that’s being allocated toward it. Still, the best thing that you can do to stay young and healthy looking is to exercise, eat right, and get plenty of rest. No cream, procedure, or surgery can take the place of good living!

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