When it comes to cosmetic treatments with a plastic surgeon, invasive procedures are generally what first come to mind. You might think of treatments like the facelift or carbon dioxide laser skin resurfacing. These are certainly great anti-aging options, but they do involve significant recovery downtime. Yet, there are many individuals out there who are not interested in undergoing a lengthy or intensive procedure to rejuvenate the skin and enhance facial aesthetics.
What’s a person to do? Fortunately, there are some great skin rejuvenation and anti-aging options available that offer gentler skin treatments along with some excellent benefits. There are treatments that can make your skin feel smooth, refreshed, and more youthful with little to no downtime. So read on and plan to give your skin a spa day with any of these rejuvenating treatments!
BBL is a light-based therapy that works by gently heating the upper layers of skin. This heating encourages the skin to produce more collagen and elastin. These are essential substances in the skin that begin to deplete as we age or spend too much time in the sun. By encouraging the body’s natural processes, BBL treatments can provide lasting improvement in the skin’s tone and texture. The treatments can even improve the appearance of brown spots.
During the procedures, a thin layer of gel is applied to the skin to protect the treatment area. Then, a a hand piece is used to deliver the light therapy to the skin. Both treatments are mild, and many patients do not even need the topical anesthetic that is available to them. Each treatment only takes about 15-30 minutes, and patients can get right back to the day’s activities following treatment. The only common side effect is a red or flushed appearance for an hour or two. Then, it’s back to business as usual! Most patients benefit from a series of treatments (4-6) spaced about 4 weeks apart. These treatments are also great as a preventative measure, helping to slow down the aging process when photorejuvenation is part of a normal skincare routine.
Laser treatments of the past were extremely intensive and required general anesthesia, weeks of downtime, and significant discomfort. Today, there are more options, including the gentle Whisper-3G Erbium laser. This laser can provide excellent anti-aging and rejuvenating results without all the fuss of a traditional laser treatment.
The Erbium laser works by using light to carefully remove damaged skin and encourage the body to produce new, healthy cells. Patients should notice benefits like reduced wrinkles and age spots, as well as brighter, younger-looking skin following treatment.
The procedure itself is mild and requires only topical anesthesia at most. Treatments last about 15-30 minutes, and patients are ready to head back to normal activities right away. There may be some redness and flakiness, and downtime can be anywhere between 3-5 days. For best results, most patients choose to undergo a series of treatments over the course of a few months.
Chemical peels might sound scary, but there are actually many different levels of peel. Peels can range from mild skin refreshers to deep peels that have immense anti-aging benefits but require significant downtime. New chemical peels are more like a spa day for your skin. These help with cellular turnover and renewal and rejuvenating the skin without much discomfort or downtime. Chemical peels can be customized by choosing the peel type and depth of the peel. All of this will be discussed with a provider before the procedure so there are no surprises!
During the treatment, a chemical solution is applied to the face, then allowed to exfoliate the skin for a specific length of time. The solution is then neutralized, and the treatment is complete. Different peels can help with sun damage, smokers’ skin, hyperpigmentation, dull or dry skin, acne, and many other mild skin problems.
Professional Skincare Products
There are so many skincare products on the market, but so many of them do not contain the powerful ingredients necessary to help repair and rejuvenate the skin. To really get the benefits from at-home skincare products, a medical-grade line of skincare products is the best choice. Product lines like the PCA Skin Clinical Care Products can be used on a daily basis to help repair skin and keep it glowing and fresh. They are a great addition to any professional treatment, but can also stand on their own. The range of great products that are available allows patients to customize a skincare routine that works for them.
Renew and Repair
Skin rejuvenation treatments don’t have to be invasive or require weeks of downtime to be effective. It’s possible to repair and renew the skin using gentle treatments that seem more like spa refreshments than anti-aging procedures. Treatments like , BBL, and medical-grade skincare products can help assist with cell turnover and encourage collagen and elastin production. This leads to natural rejuvenation and bright youthful skin!
Choosing the Right Provider
If you think your skin deserves some pampering and refreshment, then it may be time to seek the help of a qualified facial plastic surgeon. Although they are gentle, they do require the skill and expertise of a doctor or nurse with aesthetic training.
If you’re looking for a reputable provider in the Austin area, come to Buckingham Center for a consultation with Dr. Edward Buckingham. Dr. Buckingham and his nurses are renowned for their skills with minimally-invasive procedures, and they can help unlock your skin’s full potential without excessive discomfort or downtime. Call 512.401.2500 today to schedule your consultation!