According to Merriam-Webster, to age is to become old and to show the effects or characteristics of increasing in age. But their definition doesn’t account for the wonder of no-surgical anti-aging techniques. There are many ways you can age while still looking healthy and beautiful without the risks and costs of surgery.

Injections: Botox and Other Fillers

In 2011, the U.S. Census Bureau published a statistical analysis that shows that over 200,000 people receive Botox injections each year. Statistics show that Botox and other injected fillers are both popular and effective.

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Dermal fillers are designed to restore a youthful look to your face by softening, enhancing, or defining various facial areas. What areas of your face can benefit from injections?

  • Cheeks
  • Forehead
  • Lips
  • Nose
  • Under the Eyes

Though many fillers are used in the facial area, they may also be used in other areas of the body. There are various fillers that cosmetic surgeons have available:

Botox – The real name of this dermal filler is botulinum toxin. It causes controlled weakening of the muscles in the face when injected in small doses. The results are fewer wrinkles in your skin.

Radiesse – This dermal filler was approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration or FDA in 2006, though it was available for use before then. One of the best things this dermal filler does is stimulate collagen growth.

Sculptra – Approved by the FDA in 2004, Sculptra is designed to last longer than other dermal fillers. Also known as synthetic poly-L-lactic acid, Sculptra is similar to the naturally occurring lactic acid in the muscle tissue that is a by-product of exercise.

Talk to your doctor to learn about more options that might be available for you and your circumstances.

Treatments: Laser and Anti-Wrinkle

Cosmetic laser surgery and laser procedures have become ever more popular as technology has caught up with cultural desires. Laser treatments and procedures have been developed to fix a host of cosmetic flaws. These treatments use lasers to remove the top layer of skin called the epidermis. The exposed dermis is warmed and heated by the laser causing the stimulated growth of collagen fibers. When the skin heals, the epidermis is smooth and more firm than before.

Non-Medical Techniques: Antioxidants and Sun-block

Although all these treatments have been proven effective, they are not all inexpensive and long-lasting. Preventive practices and measures are still the proven gold standard to keeping father time from making his mark on you and your skin. Antioxidants, sun-block, lotion, keeping well hydrated, and other preventive measures will help make needing surgery or other procedures a distant prospect.

Non-surgical anti-aging procedures have become increasingly popular in the last decade and are predicted to continue becoming ever more common. Although the same risks of surgery are not a factor with these procedures and treatments, they still have their own risks associated with them. Consult with your doctor to discuss your options and what is best for you. There are many options available to keep your youthful appearance with very few risks.