You’ve probably heard a lot about anti-aging treatments, but you might still feel like you don’t have much clear information about them. Who are they for? How do they work? Do they work?
It’s reasonable to want to know what you’re paying for before you buy a new treatment. After all, the last thing you need is another useless product in your medicine cabinet. So here’s everything you need to know about anti-aging treatments.
Before we talk about anti-aging treatments, let’s talk about what they’re designed to treat: aging itself. Aging is a natural process that’s going to happen no matter how well you take care of your skin, but certain things can speed up or slow down that process. For example, being exposed to the sun without sunscreen can damage your skin and accelerate the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
On the other hand, anti-aging treatments are designed to repair that damage and slow down the aging process. You might immediately think of surgical procedures like a facelift, but there actually are non-surgical treatment options that can be effective.
Apart from surgical procedures, here are all the other types of anti-aging treatments:
So, how do they actually work?
So now you know the different types of anti-aging treatments, but how do they all work? Of course, these procedures all vary in their specific tactics, but they generally share the same goal: encouraging your skin to produce collagen, the protein that makes your skin look plump and healthy. Aging causes collagen to deteriorate, making fine lines, wrinkles, and dark circles more noticeable. That’s why anti-aging treatments aim to bump up collagen production in your skin.
As you probably noticed, most anti-aging treatments do this by physically or chemically removing the top layers of your skin, kicking the healing process into motion.
Unfortunately, there’s no one answer to this that applies to everyone. The truth is that your skin, and the way it shows age, is unique, so the effects of your anti-aging treatment will be too.
For best results, make sure you choose treatments that are formulated for your skin type. That means using a moisturizer made for oily skin won’t do you much good if your skin is chronically dry. This is especially important if you have sensitive skin, because some anti-aging products can irritate your skin and wind up doing more harm than good.
An experienced medical provider can help you choose the best treatment for your skin and let you know what to expect.
Here are a few of our favorite tips:
Let’s be clear: No one needs anti-aging treatment just because of the way their skin looks. Whether or not you could benefit from one of these treatments depends on what’s important to you. There’s nothing wrong with aging, but if you’re bothered by fine lines and wrinkles, you don’t have to just deal with them. (And if you’re not bothered by them, no one should expect you to treat them.)
The fact is that skin changes over time. It’s natural and there’s no shame in it. But if you want to slow that process down, you have plenty of effective treatment options (even if you don’t want to get a facelift).
Article Reviewed By
Dr. Peter Young, MD, Facet Medical Director and Board-Certified Dermatologist
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