If you’re trying to attain more youthful, vibrant skin, you’ve probably been weighing your options. It’s important to remember that not all skin procedures are created equal! Here are the top three minimally invasive skin procedures that will help you rewind the years and put your best face (and body) forward.
The #1 minimally invasive skin procedure for losing unwanted fat is called CoolSculpting. This phenomenal treatment shrinks fat cells in some of the most common areas, like the face, thighs, abdomen, and upper arms. CoolSculpting uses cryolipolysis technology to target and “cool” the stored fat cells, until they shrink and eventually die. Over time, the body rids these cells completely, leaving slimmer tissue.
CoolSculpting is an FDA-approved procedure that is done fairly quickly and requires little to no downtime. It targets only fat cells, while leaving any surrounding tissue unharmed. Patients typically see noticeable results within 2-4 months of receiving treatment, including a 20-25% reduction in fat for the targeted areas.
On the other hand, you might be looking to add some plumpness rather than remove it. Dermal fillers are an excellent solution for patients desiring skin that looks younger and firmer. An unfortunate but natural side effect of the aging process is the loss of collagen -- the compound that provides skin with its elasticity. With reduced collagen in the dermis (or middle layer of the skin) plus the effects of gravity, we can start to see all sorts of signs that our skin is aging, including wrinkles and sagging.
Dermal fillers like Restylane, Juvederm, and Perlane use hyaluronic acid to support hydration of the skin in the targeted areas. These injectable fillers instantly restore volume and markedly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. They’re most commonly used on facial folds around the lips and mouth, cheeks, or forehead. If you’re looking for a minimally invasive procedure with instant results, look no further than dermal fillers.
A popular skin procedure that requires no needles and can easily be added to a facial is a dermatologist microdermabrasion treatment. This non-surgical peel can help decrease fine lines, reduce acne scarring, soften skin, and eliminate some light pigmentation issues like age spots. It’s FDA-cleared and very effective. It’s also a fairly fast procedure -- often dubbed the “lunchtime facial.”
Microdermabrasion is considered both an exfoliant and a superficial peeling therapy. During the procedure, a technician uses a minimally abrasive instrument to remove the top layer of dead skin cells that may be causing skin to lose its luster. Patients often report that their skin “glows” after a microdermabrasion treatment. Over time and with repetition, scarring from acne or other conditions greatly decreases as the skin continues to grow new, fresh cells. A dermatologist microdermabrasion treatment requires no downtime, but there may be a little pinkness or redness on the treated area immediately following the procedure.
If you’re in the greater New York City area and interested in learning more about any of these minimally invasive skin procedures, call Vanguard Dermatology for a consultation. Our board-certified experts perform all of these treatments (and many more) in our offices for your convenience.