Are your fine lines making you panic?
You’re not alone!
Early signs of aging can take a toll on your confidence, making you worry. But the good news is, while you can’t stop time indefinitely, you can slow it down. There are some fantastic non-invasive treatments available that can turn back the clock a few years without the risks of going under the knife and in this article, we’ll be exploring a few options that you can consider.
These procedures are minimally invasive but deliver real results. The best part is that with a little TLC and the right aftercare products, you'll be back to your usual routine in no time.
Aging may be inevitable, but with the right tools and knowledge you can defy it and keep your skin looking as youthful as possible for years to come. So here’s to aging gracefully without having to look older than you feel!
Laser Resurfacing: Using Targeted Light to Tighten and Brighten
Laser resurfacing is a popular treatment for tightening skin and reducing signs of aging. A targeted light beam is used to remove the outer layer of skin, stimulating collagen production and cell turnover. The result? Smoother, firmer, brighter skin.
The treatment itself only takes about an hour. You'll be given a topical anesthetic to numb the area first. Then the dermatologist will pass the laser over your skin, removing layer by layer. It sounds intense but is typically not painful thanks to the numbing agent.
After the procedure, your face may feel warm and appear pink for a day or two. Swelling is also common. Be sure to keep the treated area elevated, apply cold compresses, and avoid strenuous exercise during the initial recovery period.
To aid healing and soothe your skin, apply a product like Leovard Tonic which contains lavender, chamomile, vitamin E, aloe and green tea. This natural formula will reduce inflammation, hydrate the new layer of skin and speed up cell regeneration.
Within a week or so, you'll notice a visible improvement in skin firmness and clarity. However, it can take 3 to 6 months for the full effects of laser resurfacing to become apparent. Protect your new skin with sunscreen and limit sun exposure to maintain your youthful results. Laser resurfacing offers dramatic anti-aging benefits with minimal downtime, but patience and aftercare are required. With the right routine, you'll be defying aging in no time!
Radiofrequency (RF) therapy
Radiofrequency (RF) therapy uses radiofrequency energy to gently heat the lower layers of the skin. This heating process causes collagen fibers to tighten, which reduces sagging and wrinkles. The treatment also boosts collagen production to plump and firm the skin for a smoother, younger-looking appearance.
RF therapy involves placing paddles on the treatment area that deliver radiofrequency energy to precisely targeted depths. The heat then tightens existing collagen and promotes the growth of new collagen. Multiple treatments are typically needed to achieve optimal results, but the gradual improvements mean there is no lengthy recovery period. Mild redness may occur but usually resolves quickly.
While RF therapy does not replicate the results of a surgical facelift, it provides noticeable improvements without the risks and downtime of going under the knife. By tightening skin, reducing wrinkles and restoring volume, RF therapy can take years off your appearance and give you back a youthful glow. For the best outcome, schedule a follow-up treatment every 6-12 months to combat the aging process and maintain smoother, firmer skin.
To extend and enhance the benefits of RF therapy, apply Leovard's Tonic every night as it contains antioxidant properties that protect the new collagen growth.
Microdermabrasion: Gently Resurfacing the Skin
Microdermabrasion is a popular non-invasive treatment for improving skin texture and tone. It gently sands away the outer layer of skin, removing dead and damaged cells. This helps minimize the appearance of fine lines, age spots, and mild acne scarring.
Microdermabrasion uses a wand that sprays tiny crystals onto the skin. The crystals gently abrade the surface, whisking away damaged cells. The treatment only takes about 30 minutes with no downtime needed after. Your skin may be slightly pink for a couple hours but you can return to normal activities right away.
After care tips include:
- Avoid sun exposure and tanning for at least a week. Sunscreen is a must.
- Moisturize daily to keep skin hydrated.
- Limit use of harsh skin care products for 3-5 days.
- Exfoliate gently 1-2 times a week to remove dead skin.
- Consider a treatment series for best results. Microdermabrasion is often done in a series of 6-12 treatments, 2-4 weeks apart.
While microdermabrasion provides gradual improvements, it does not produce dramatic changes often seen with laser treatments. However, it is a very safe method for freshening up your skin and maintaining a youthful glow with no downtime. When combined with a good home care regimen, microdermabrasion can help you defy aging by revealing the smooth, radiant skin underneath.
Chemical Peels: Removing the Outer Layers
Chemical peels are a popular, non-invasive treatment for rejuvenating aging skin. They work by removing the outer layers of skin to reveal the fresh, glowing layer underneath. A chemical solution is applied to your face which loosens the bonds between dead skin cells, causing them to slough off. The new skin that forms is usually smoother and firmer.
The depth of the peel depends on the strength of the acid used. Superficial peels like glycolic acid remove only the outermost layer of skin. Medium peels like TCA peels penetrate deeper to improve fine lines and age spots. Deeper peels should only be done by a dermatologist due to the potential for side effects. Multiple treatments may be needed to achieve optimal results.
After your peel, your skin may be red and sensitive. Use products with soothing ingredients such as aloe and green tea to relieve any discomfort and speed healing. Avoid sun exposure and use broad spectrum sunscreen for at least a week. Moisturize frequently and avoid any harsh skin care products during this time.
The results from a chemical peel may last for several months up to a year. Repeat treatments can help sustain smoother, firmer skin. Chemical peels can be an effective way to defy aging and achieve a rejuvenated appearance without surgery. By removing damaged layers of skin, they promote the growth of new collagen and cell turnover, resulting in skin that looks refreshed and revitalized.
Platelet-Rich Plasma or PRP therapy uses your own blood platelets to rejuvenate skin and stimulate collagen production. A small sample of your blood is drawn and spun in a centrifuge to separate the platelets from the red and white blood cells. The concentrated platelets are then injected into the areas of skin you want to treat.
PRP works by delivering growth factors and proteins to the injection site. These growth factors promote healing, improve skin texture and tone, reduce wrinkles and fine lines, and encourage new collagen growth for natural plumping and firming of the skin. PRP is often called a natural filler because it uses your body’s own healing mechanisms to give skin a youthful glow with little downtime.
After treatment, your skin may be slightly red or swollen for 1-2 days. An ice pack, aloe vera gel, or over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream can provide relief. It’s best to avoid strenuous exercise for 24-48 hours. Lavender or chamomile essential oils, aloe vera, or green tea may help soothe the skin. Products containing vitamin E, hyaluronic acid, and peptides can enhance the effects of PRP.
PRP therapy typically requires 2-3 treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart for best results. Touch up treatments once or twice a year will help maintain outcomes. When combined with microneedling or laser therapy, PRP can provide even more advanced rejuvenation for mature skin.
Ladies, you deserve every bit of happiness you get from your skin looking its absolute best at every age. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise! So go ahead, book that appointment and get ready to turn back the clock. Your skin will thank you for it!