The ravages of time tend to tell on the face and the body and they tend to tell the most on a body that’s lived a full life. Wrinkles, age and liver spots appear on a person who loves the sun, crow’s feet show up on people who laugh a lot, loose skin appears after weight loss or pregnancy. Fortunately, there are remedies that can get rid of or at least reduce most of these. Here are five of them:
Dermabrasion is a procedure where a dermatologist removes the top layer of skin with a burr after numbing the area. The procedure helps to smooth away fine lines and to help reduce the appearance of scars. After the treatment, the dermatologist uses ointments or other types of dressings to soothe the skin. Dermabrasion is usually performed as an outpatient procedure, but if a patient is having extensive work done, he or she might spend a night or two in the hospital.
“What’s the best liposuction for me?” a lot of people ask nowadays, for there are several types. Basically, a cosmetic surgeon removes unwanted fat from the body with a vacuum cannula. In more up-to-date procedures, the area is injected with a lot of saline or salt water solution along with epinephrine and an anesthetic. This has the effect of numbing the area, constricting the blood vessels to cut down on bruising and swelling and making the area rigid, which makes it easier for the doctor to work. The patient can also stay awake, which aids both doctor and patient. Adding ultrasound or laser liquifies the fat, making it even easier to remove. Here’s more information on liposuction:
The most common areas to be treated are the hips, abdomen, thighs, buttocks and upper arms, though some people also have the procedure done on the jowls and the breasts.
Tummy tuck is a procedure that removes loose skin and tissue from the person and tightens the muscles of the abdomen to give him or her a more slender and youthful silhouette. This is major surgery and requires a hospital stay.
Botox is injected through fine needles and temporarily removes wrinkles, though the results can last for up to six months. Botox paralyzes the muscle beneath the wrinkle and thus smooths it out.
Laser Skin Resurfacing
This is where the dermatologist uses lasers to remove age spots, liver spots and other blemishes in the skin. The lasers have become so accurate that they can remove the blemishes while leaving the surrounding, healthy skin untouched. The favored type of laser for this procedure is the carbon dioxide laser.