3-Step Guide to Anti-Aging Products & Procedures

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Black woman putting on face lotion

Aging is a process none of us want to face. Sagging skin, wrinkles and lines, age spots, and dull looking skin are all blatant signs that tell everyone how old we are. Even worse is when those signs make us look ten or more years older than our real age.

In an effort to look younger, we resort to different anti-aging methods, from over the counter skin care products to laser devices to drastic surgery. Trying to figure out which type of treatments will work for you can be a confusing process.

Here’s a guide to finding the right method for you.

Over the Counter Skin Care

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We’ve all seen the commercials on skin care products, from collagen filled serums to wrinkle smoothing creams. They all claim they will make us look younger just by applying their product. The truth is, very few of them actually contain anti-aging ingredients. Many of those that do only produce finite results that usually can only be seen under a microscope. Others are expensive and must continuously be applied to maintain the mild results.

There is little to no harm in using these products as most are basically just skin moisturizers. A daily routine of cleaning your skin and applying moisturizers, especially ones with SPF sun protection in them, will benefit you. However, it can only provide extremely mild anti-aging benefits.

Aesthetic Laser Treatments

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There are a wide variety of cosmetic lasers devices used in cosmetic clinics. That’s because different lasers are used to treat various skin issues and with varying results. They have two main types of lasers – ablative and non-ablative.

Ablative lasers remove the surface of the skin, destroying the cells to reveal the healthy cells beneath it. These types of lasers produce more drastic results, but can have side effects and risks. Your skin may swell and be red for a while afterwards. However, the results do last for a long while after treatment.

Non-ablative lasers penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin to induce collagen production. It takes a little longer for the results, but there is far less risk of infection and minimal recovery time. Since the results are milder, it may not work well for more than mild aging signs and will last only a short time.

Going to the Extreme

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The most extreme method of anti-aging is having plastic surgery. Advances in medicine have made this method less risky than it was decades ago, but it still carries the highest risks. The chances of infection, scarring, and negative reactions to anesthesia are just some of the potential problems. It has a much lengthier recovery time and down time than any other treatment method.

That said, cosmetic surgery also produces the most significant results. For anyone with severe wrinkling or sagging skin, this may be the only truly effective procedure. The results last longer than any other method, too.

What Works Best for You

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The best treatment is, of course, the one that works best for you. No one can claim any one treatment is best for everyone because what works for one individual may not work for you at all. Cosmetic treatments are not one-size-fits-all. You should review your treatment options with your physician before selecting one. Your doctor can help recommend what will work best for your personal anti-aging needs.