We have all heard of all these amazing breakthrough procedures and creams and gels for females as well as males to target their wrinkles and unflattering creases. Over the past two decades, looking younger has become a critical priority (in some cases, an obsession) for a lot of people. While I understand the desire to look youthful, it is essential to be cautious when it comes to the actual method of achieving this look, so always do your research.
Option 1: Injectables and fillers
I’m not talking about Botox. There is a whole world of suppliers and surgeons that don’t use botox, yet it seems to be the most popular term when talking about cosmetic procedures. This is understandable, since the wide spread media coverage of it’s use in the 90’s and early 2000’s. However, like everything, this industry has evolved to include many new fillers approved by the FDA including (but not limited to) Artifill and Perlane.
Instead of pulling the skin tighter around the muscles in the face like a Rhytidectomy (face lift) injectables offer the ability to plump up the skin so it appears a bit more youthful, and therefor more natural.
Cost: Currently, most fillers last up to a year or so, and each procedure will cost $600 – $1,000 on average. We think it’s a reasonable price considering the results and how long it lasts.
Option 2: Laser Skin Resurfacing
As futuristic as it sounds, laser skin treatment has been around for quite some time. This is comforting in the fact that there have been scientists and doctors fine-tuning the procedure to make it one of the safest and comfortable options out there.
Essentially, throughout the human aging process, collagen is damaged and exhausted naturally. Collagen is the main component of the connecting tissue keeping the skin fresh and smooth. What laser skin resurfacing does, is use beams of light to increase your body’s natural production of collagen. With the recent breakthrough for Co2 fractional laser therapy, the procedure prevents damage to the top layer of the skin even further.
Cost: While costing around $5,000 on average, the procedure is quick and effective, lasting from 8-10 years.
Option 3: Peptides
Peptides are proteins that increase the production of collagen naturally within the body. While being quite relevant in the industry for some time, only lately have the studies really effectively been noticed in the general public as an alternate anti-aging option.
In a nutshell, compounds such as Argireline have shown that when applied to the skin, the result is a mild effect similar to that of Botox, which keep facial muscles from forming wrinkles, while still being responsive to facial expressions. This, in addition with the ability to stimulate collagen production in the skin, makes this option one of the most popular, and cost effective options on the market.
Cost: creams containing Peptides range from $25 – $100 in most cases, depending on the percentage of peptides included.