Some Pros and Cons of Today's Facial Cosmetic Procedures
Cosmetic procedures for the face are not as invasive and expensive as they once were; many procedures can even be administered at a salon or spa and may give instant or very quick results, with little to no downtime or healing required. Some procedures may still need to be applied by a medical professional, but they can also offer results that last longer than others. Note a few pros and cons of today's cosmetic procedures for the face so you can determine if these are right for you.
Thermage uses radio waves to produce heat on the skin, which then causes the skin to produce collagen. This collagen can help reduce droopiness and sagging of the skin; thermage is then often used to tighten droopy or "hooded" eyelids, and it may also be used around the areas of the jowls. Thermage should always be applied by a professional so that you don't produce too much heat, and the effects are not necessarily permanent.
Micro-dermabrasion equipment uses very fine sand crystals that are blown or spread over the skin. This abrasion removes the top layer of skin, along with wrinkles, discoloration, acne scars, and other blemishes. The skin then produces collagen to heal, and your appearance looks younger and healthier. Micro-dermabrasion won't remove very deep scars and wrinkles, but it is good for simply addressing minor blemishes that detract from your appearance. There are also very few side effects to consider with micro-dermabrasion.
Laser light therapy
There are different forms of laser light therapy, and they should all be applied by a professional. This therapy uses concentrated beams of light to help stimulate collagen production in the skin, which can make the skin seem tighter and firmer. Intense pulsed light or IPL can remove deep scars and wrinkles as well as other blemishes; it may also offer permanent results, but it requires more time to heal and recover than other laser light therapies.
Skin needling involves running a tool with very fine needles over the skin, causing tiny punctures. The skin then produces collagen to fill in those holes, and this collagen also makes the skin seem firmer and tighter.
While there are skin needling kits you can buy online, it's usually recommended that you have this procedure done by a professional in a spa. This will ensure the equipment is properly cleaned and sanitized and that the right amount of pressure is used when running the needles over the skin, avoiding excessive puncturing and injury.