With so many anti-aging skin care products on the market, it can be a little overwhelming to figure out which products are actually worth spending your money on. Sadly, while there is no such thing as a permanent fountain-of-youth, there are a few treatments available that can offer real results without surgery.
Botox can erase moderate to severe wrinkles by relaxing and paralyzing certain facial nerves and muscles. The level of effectiveness varies from person to person, and will require follow-up treatment to maintain the results, which should last about six months. Discuss treatment options with an Atlanta-area plastic surgeon so that you can determine, based on your medical history, if Botox is right for you.
Collagen injections work by replenishing the naturally occurring collagens in your skin, which may have become damaged through sun exposure and aging. It will smooth out, sometimes erase, wrinkles and even scars by supporting the structure of your skin. Like Botox, it is an anti-aging skin care treatment that involves repeat treatments every few months to maintain the results, and the effectiveness can vary. You should discuss your options with a cosmetic surgery specialist to determine what type of collagen will work best for your skin. An allergy test may be necessary prior to treatment.
A chemical peel is less invasive than Botox or collagen and can be very effective at removing fine lines and wrinkles, as well as, liver spots, skin discolorations and scarring. A chemical peel works by removing damaged, outer layers of skin to expose smoother, younger looking skin underneath, which hasn't been damaged by time and the sun. There are different depth levels of chemical peels and your doctor can help you determine what the best option is for your skin. The results can last up to a year, though you will need to avoid exposure in the sun for a few months since your skin will be tender and new for a while.
No matter what anti-aging treatment you choose, it's a good idea to consult with your local dermatologist first for an evaluation and to have any moles or skin spots examined. Be realistic about your expectations for results and don't be afraid to ask a lot of questions before getting any invasive procedures done.