The fountain of youth may be out of reach, but one of these treatments can still lend a hand in your quest for youthful skin.
If only there was some easy way to turn back the clock on our skin. (Spoiler alert: There’s not.) Help is available, though. Some breakthrough treatments can help you look a little bit younger — or at least like you’ve had some really good sleep.
Although you may be familiar with some of them, such as injections of botulinum toxin, there are other treatments that can be just as effective. Plus, some approaches are less invasive than others. So, don’t worry, needle-phobes; there’s something here for everyone.
Probably the best known of the bunch, neuromodulators, which include botulinum toxin injectables such as Botox and Dysport, basically paralyze certain muscles and block nerves in your skin, which minimizes movement. This keeps wrinkles from forming and can reduce the appearance of those that already exist.
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It pays to get these injections from a board-certified dermatologist — as opposed to a medi-spa or the like — as the mishandling of these injections can result in bruising, headaches and even facial drooping.
When it comes to providing instant results, chemical peels can do some heavy lifting. Not only do they boost your skin’s radiance, but they can also reduce hyperpigmentation (dark spots).
“Chemical peels can combine different brightening agents that lighten brown spots and age spots,” explained Binh Ngo, MD, who is an assistant professor of dermatology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and a dermatologist at Keck Medicine of USC.
Since chemical peels also remove dead skin cells, the newer, more radiant skin beneath becomes visible. With regular chemical peels, you can expect your skin to look brighter and more evenly toned.
If you’re not ready to commit to the cost (and the downtime) associated with a heavy-duty laser, you can still dip your toe in with this gentler alternative. The Clear + Brilliant laser was designed to be as easy to integrate into your schedule as a blowout or facial. In just half an hour, it can improve the look of fine lines, even out your skin tone and minimize the appearance of pores. It’s not going to make you look as though you’re aging backward, but if you simply want your skin to look refreshed, it’s a good option to consider.
We tend to lose fat in our faces as we age, and dermal fillers have become popular for their ability to counteract that loss. Dermal fillers kill two birds with one stone: They add youthful volume to the face and, in the process, minimize lines and wrinkles.
A doctor can use dermal fillers to plump lips, enhance facial contours, soften lines and wrinkles, and reduce unsightly shadows. The different types — calcium hydroxylapatite, hyaluronic acid and polylactic acid, to name a few — target specific areas of the face, so talk to your dermatologist or plastic surgeon to find out which options are best for your needs.
By Deanna Pai
If you’re in Southern California and concerned about your skin, make an appointment with one of our dermatologists at Keck Medicine of USC. To schedule an appointment, call (800) USC-CARE (800-872-2273) or visit dermatology.keckmedicine.org/request-an-appointment.