People have been seeking ways to look younger since the dawn of time. As the average life span increases, so do the number of people looking for ways to turn back the clock. With the astounding advances in medical technology, it seems that we finally have the right weapons to fight the wrinkle war. Not only that, but the following procedures do not involve going under the knife. Here is a list of the top five non-surgical procedures that will make you look as young as you feel.
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Botox is probably the most well-known and prevalent anti-aging treatment and has been around for almost thirty years. The procedure involves an injection of diluted botulinum toxin (thus the name) into the muscles of the face. It is extremely effective in minimizing lines around the eyes, forehead and mouth as the toxin blocks signals that tell the muscles to contract and wrinkle. Results appear two to four weeks after the injection and can last for up to six months.
Sclerotherapy for varicose veins
Varicose veins are unsightly swollen veins near the surface of the skin, most common in legs and ankles. Pregnancy and ageing are the top two contributing factors for varicose and spider veins. Sclerotherapy consists of injecting a solution of sclerosant into the affected vein which causes it to close and fade. The Vein Institute conducted a case study in Australia with a 43 year old mother of three with a severe case of varicose veins. After 2 sessions over a two month period, the veins were all but invisible.
Although most people are not familiar with the term retinoid, they have more than likely used retinoids at some point in their lives. To put it simply, a retinoid is nothing more than a vitamin A derivative that is used to reduce wrinkles, unclog pores and make skin smoother. Of all of the retinoids known to science, there are only a few that are approved for cosmetic use. They are readily available over the counter, but it is advisable to consult with your dermatologist and get a prescription for the best effect.
Chemical peels have gained a lot of popularity as they are considered an effective, low cost alternative to surgery. The process consists of applying acid (most commonly glycolic, lactic or trichloroacetic acid) to small areas of skin. Once the acid is removed, it exfoliates the topmost layer of skin and peels off the dead skin cells. A downside of this procedure is that it can be painful, as the acid stings. An intense peel can take weeks to heal, and the skin will have an unpleasant sunburned appearance during the healing process.
Sculptra is the new kid on the block when it comes to non-surgical beauty procedures. It was approved for use in 2009, and has since gained high praise for being a relatively safe and long lasting way to look younger. Sculptra is great for correcting smile lines and other wrinkles, and is practically a wrinkle volumizer. The effective ingredient in Sculptra is a synthetic material called poly-L-lactic acid, a substance that is naturally formed in the body during exercise. The effects of a full Sculptra treatment can be visible for more than two years, and the treatment consists of only three sessions.
There are many non-surgical options available to those seeking to look forever young. Still, non-surgical does not mean non-damaging. As with all other things in life, moderation is key. In moderation, non-surgical procedures can help improve your looks and confidence and be a great turning point in your life. However, overdoing it can lead to a drastic reverse effect, not to mention medical issues. Just think of all the aging Hollywood stars whose faces are frozen in expressionless bewilderment.