Decades ago, the only way to get younger looking skin was through surgery. Plastic surgery was not only expensive, but came with many risks and difficult recovery. It could only be performed in a hospital setting. All that has changed in recent years. There are many different ways to rejuvenate the skin now that are performed in cosmetic clinics and spas. Even better, they do not require being admitted to a hospital. Most are done in an hour or two and are far less risky than in days past. Here are some of the best skin rejuvenating methods.

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Laser Skin Therapy

Laser skin therapy using non-ablative lasers leaves the outer skin intact and unharmed while the light-based energy targets the deeper layers. By heating collagen in the dermal layer, it smooths the skin while also contracting the cells. It further rejuvenates the skin by producing fresh collagen which heals damaged cells. Clinics have used aesthetic lasers for years to treat various skincare issues. Skin rejuvenation through lasers is effective on mild to moderate wrinkles and sagging.

Radiofrequency Procedures

Radiofrequency uses sound waves to penetrate the skin and tighten tissues. Using controlled frequencies, it works at contracting the skin and stimulating collagen production to give the skin a more youthful look. The sound waves heat the deeper tissues of skin while leaving the outer layers unharmed. A radiofrequency device has a cooling attachment to protect the surface of the skin from burns. This type of procedure is best on mild to moderate wrinkles and sagging.

Ultherapy Procedures

Using ultrasound technology, ultherapy creates heat in the deeper layers of skin to cause it to contract. It also stimulates collagen production to heal and rejuvenate the cells. The result is healthier looking skin. This method works well on mild to moderate wrinkles and sagging. It is FDA approved for use on the face, jowls, neck and décolletage thus far.

Choosing The Procedure and Clinic

Before making a decision as to which treatment you want, take the time to check with your dermatologist to see if it is the right one for you. They can often refer you to a great clinic in the area. Of course, you can check reviews online to see what other customers are saying about local clinics as well. Select one with a great reputation and good reviews.

Before, During, and After Rejuvenation Procedures

To get the most from your skincare treatment, there are certain steps you need to take. Stay away from smoking at least two weeks beforehand to keep the skin toxin free. Do not expose yourself to too much sun, using sunblock every time you go outside. Damaged skin does not react well to rejuvenation procedures. Do not schedule treatments when your skin is breaking out in acne, rashes, or pimples or when there is damage to the skin. Wait until the skin has fully healed first.
The day of the scheduled treatment, do not use any kind of products on the skin, especially oils, lotions, perfumes, makeup, or skin creams. Clean skin thoroughly with a gentle soap. The clinic should start the treatment with cleaning the skin, but it’s still best to clean it yourself too.

During treatment, the certified technician should offer a topical numbing agent to prevent discomfort. If they do not and you are sensitive to pain, request that they apply it. The procedure may take as little as 15 minutes or as much as 90 minutes, depending on how large or small an area is being treated.

After treatment, continue to avoid smoking and sun damage for another week or two. If the treated area feels uncomfortable, you can apply cold compresses to it. Do apply moisturizing lotions to keep the skin from becoming dried out.

*Cheers to beautiful, healthy, glowing skin

joanna at motherhood and merlot