Lasers and Other Skin Treatments to Try
We all want to have smooth, healthy skin, but that isn’t always the case. No matter how old you are, you might have blemishes, wrinkles, or scars that you really want to erase. Well, the good news is that you can do just that, and possibly more easily than you might think.
Start by Following Your Early Instincts
If your problem is related to the natural aging process, you can often treat the problem with creams and lotions, if you catch it early. They can help you to keep your skin hydrated, soft, and wrinkle-free for an extended period of time. Although, it’s worth noting that not all creams and lotions work for all people. So, you might have to experiment a little to find one that works for you.
What to Do if You Don’t Catch Problems Early
If you don’t catch problems early, or if creams and lotions just aren’t enough, it’s time to try something else. Microdermabrasion is quite popular for treating certain conditions. It involves stripping away the top layer of skin with a hand-held device. Chemical peels offer a similar result, but obviously use a completely different method. Both can be great for removing surface blemishes and lessening the appearance of shallow wrinkles and scars.
If your skin problems lie below the surface or are a bit more stubborn, a medical laser might wind up being your best option. But the question is which type of machine should you try. There are a range of devices to choose from, including ablative (affecting the top layer of skin), and non ablative machines. To find the one that suits your skin, you’ll need to consult a dermatologist or skincare technician.
Facelifts Are Also Worth Some Consideration
If you have deep wrinkles or major skin sagging on your neck or face, facelift surgery might be your best option. However, it’s one that you shouldn’t try without a lot of consideration. After all, any surgery can be risky. Costs, recovery times, time taken off of work, anesthesia risks, and other related issues need to be weighed carefully against how important the end result is to you.
The advantage of a facelift is that the results are almost instantaneous. There will be a little recovery time, but once the swelling goes down your wrinkles and sags should be gone, at least for a while. The disadvantage is that facelifts obviously can’t be done on other body parts, whereas some skin treatments can be done on almost any part of your body.
Figuring Out Which Processes You Qualify For
Of course, you also need to figure out if you are even a candidate for certain procedures. If your skin is dark colored or oily, you might have to research a little harder to find a good treatment. That’s because some treatments can actually damage dark or oily skin instead of making it look better. Any conditions you have, such as acne, could also influence your list of possible procedures. But the good news is that your skincare technician or dermatologist should easily be able to go over all of those options with you.