Acne spots, age spots, and wrinkles are some of the things we see when our skin ages and cosmetic treatments can help improve the look and quality of your skin. Cosmetic skin treatments are considered to be less invasive than surgery and just like most treatments, cosmetic skin treatments also need some recovery time. In this article, we’ll be discussing the most popular types of cosmetic skin therapy that are effective and safe for those who are interested in trying these out.
This kind of treatment requires applying a type of chemical solution to remove damaged skin such as wrinkles, rough skin, acne scars, freckles, and age spots. Chemical peels have a range of mild to deep peeling, depending on the patient’s skin condition. Mild treatments usually use alpha-hydroxy acids, for medium peels they use trichloroacetic acid, both of these reduce acne and fine lines on the face. For deep chemical peels, they use Phenol which can give a long-term result but the recovery time will be longer compared to mild and medium peels.
Dermal fillers is a procedure that requires injecting fillers under the skin, increasing volume in certain areas of the face. Dermal fillers can be used to make the lips and cheeks plump, soften face lines like wrinkles, deep folds, and creases. This treatment is FDA approved and safe, some fillers are temporary and dissolves within 6 to 18 months, some doctors can also use your own fat as dermal fillers but this procedure requires a liposuction to get the needed fat.
This type of procedure requires surgery to remove and treat scars and wrinkles. Most of the time, patients will be given a local anesthetic to make the skin numb, and make you feel more comfortable while going through the procedure. The practitioner will use a device to scrape off the top layer of the damaged skin. This treatment requires recovery time as side effects may appear such as swelling, redness, burning, or sometimes mild pain. Keep in mind that only plastic surgeons and dermatologists should do this kind of procedure.
Similar to dermabrasion, microdermabrasion is a much milder treatment. This procedure removes the imperfections on the outer skin layer(such as sun spots, minor scars, facial lines, discolored skin, and enlarged pores). The practitioner will be using a device to apply tiny crystals that sand the skin for a smoother texture. Microdermabrasion takes about 30 minutes per session with no recovery time, some patients are required to go through more than one treatment before they see results on their skin.
Laser skin resurfacing treatment involves short beams of light that pulsate to treat uneven skin tone, scars, wrinkles, and age spots while heating up the deeper layers of the skin. This procedure is a non-invasive method of treating early signs of aging, but has side effects such as redness and sensitivity to direct sunlight.
Laser hair removal
This is a common treatment that is safe and effective to most parts of the body, including the face. Laser strength will depend on the patient’s location for treatment, skin type, hair thickness, and color. For most people, this treatment will be permanent for 3 to 8 sessions.
Botox injections are the most common treatment in the market. Practitioners use a very thin needle to inject small amounts of botox in certain areas of the face to reduce wrinkles and creases. Botox injections are used to paralyze specific muscles or nerves so the surrounding muscles won’t be affected. This treatment usually takes around 15 minutes without an anesthetic or recovery time.