For most people, the aging process is an inevitably unpleasant part of life. Though there’s nothing we can do to completely banish signs of aging, there are many procedures available to help keep us looking youthful and fresh for longer. Whether you’ve got just a few lines and wrinkles or significant sagging skin, there’s sure to be a treatment available that’s right for you. Let’s take a look at some of these anti-aging facial treatments, from mild to intense.
Mild Anti-Aging Treatments:
If you’re worried about minor lines and wrinkles in isolated areas of the face, injectable fillers or Botox injections might be the right option for you. Results can last from three months to one year, depending on the type of injection, and can decrease the appearance of frown lines, “crow’s feet”, or “marionette” wrinkles. Some people use these injections as a preventative measure as well, though the efficacy of this practice is still unclear. Facial injections are non-invasive and require no downtime; however, the ongoing expense can add up.
Moderate Anti-Aging Treatments:
For more widespread wrinkling or discoloration of the facial skin, laser skin resurfacing, microdermabrasion, or a chemical peel might be in order. These treatments encourage skin replacement and replenishment, which can make the whole face appear refreshed. Some treatments are done more than once, though this depends on both the treatment itself and the patient. These treatments typically involve local anesthetic and have downtime of about 7-8 days. Unfortunately, many of these procedures are not good options for people with darker skin, as they can cause skin lightening.
Intense Anti-Aging Treatments:
If you have significant sagging skin and wrinkling, a face lift or mini face lift may be your best option. These procedures surgically lift and tighten the skin to refresh the face and remove wrinkles. Though these treatments are more invasive than some other procedures, they are also extremely effective and produce longer-lasting results. Downtime for a full face lift is about 2 weeks, while a mini-face lift requires slightly less healing time.
Your Anti-Aging Needs:
If you’d like to discuss your options for anti-aging treatments, Dr. Stuart Bentkover of Bentkover Facial Plastic Surgery is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon, offering a wide range of facial fillers, treatments, and surgical solutions to wrinkles and other forms of aging. To set up a consultation with Dr. Bentkover, contact him in Stoneham, Massachusetts at 617-247-0033 or in Worcester, Massachusetts at 508-363-6500.