Wrinkle reduction and facial volume

Dermal fillers are another option for wrinkle reduction. In addition, dermal fillers can also help restore lost volume to certain areas of your face.

Dermal fillers are injectable treatments that consist of gel-like substances, such as hyaluronic acid, poly-L-lactic acid, or calcium hydroxylapatite. Your doctor will inject these substances beneath your skin.

Some popular dermal fillers include:

 

  • Bellafill
  • Juvaderm
  • Restylane
  • Radiesse
  • Sculptra

“These are excellent for a ‘liquid lift,’ which can prop up cheekbones, reinflate chins and jawlines, and enhance facial contours to restore a more revitalized face,”.

Dermal fillers last about 6 to 12 months and may require upkeep to maintain the results. In general, dermal fillers cost around $625 to $800.

 

Experts may warn against serious complications. Because of the possibility of serious side effects, it’s essential that dermal filler treatments are done by a highly trained board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon.

Another rare yet possible complication is tissue death. This happens when the filler gets into a blood vessel and blocks blood flow to your skin, causing skin death. This can be catastrophic if not recognized early and can lead to wounds on your nose, lips, or cheeks.

Make sure your doctor or plastic surgeon has extensive experience with filler procedures and is prepared with a “disaster kit” to treat and reverse this condition if it’s recognized early enough.

 

 

Skin tightening

As we age, our skin loses its elasticity, resulting in a looser appearance. To help tighten skin and achieve a younger-looking face, experts often use one of the following energy-based skin-tightening treatments.

 

Ultherapy

One popular noninvasive technique is Ultherapy, which delivers ultrasound heat energy to lift and support deeper layers of skin around your chin and face area.

This procedure is more expensive than some other nonsurgical treatments. On average, nonsurgical skin tightening costs about $2,000. Results from Ultherapy last for several months to a year.

Short-term side effects may include:

  • tingling
  • swelling
  • redness
  • tenderness
  • on rare occasions, bruising or numbness for a few days

Microneedling

Microneedling with radiofrequency is another common technique that’s used to help create firmer, smoother skin.

With this procedure, a doctor uses small needles to deliver heat-based energy to the lower layers of your skin. This can help generate new skin tissue and collagen — especially helpful for issues related to sagging skin, scarring, and skin texture.

The cost of microneedling depends on the size of the area that’s worked on and can range from $100 to $700 per session. You may need several sessions for the best results.

Although it’s considered safe for most people in good health, the procedure may not be safe if you’re pregnant or take certain acne medications.

The most common side effects include minor skin irritation right after the procedure, as well as redness for a few days. Less common side effects include:

  • prolonged healing
  • scarring
  • infections
 

Skin Resurfacing

Chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and laser skin resurfacing can help improve the texture, smoothness, and appearance of your skin.

 

Chemical peels

If you want to improve your skin texture or have pigment issues, chemical peels may be a good option.

“There are a great variety of peels on the market, some suitable for all skin types while others — more potent ones — are typically reserved for skin with less pigment to avoid the risk of complications after treatment,” Dhingra said.

The cost of a chemical peel is about $650 to $700.

The most common side effects, which typically last a few days, include:

  • redness
  • mild swelling
  • dryness
  • stinging

Less common but more serious side effects can include:

  • scarring or blistering
  • infections
  • skin discoloration

Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is often used as a superficial exfoliation to renew overall skin tone and texture. It’s considered a safe treatment for most skin types and colors.

This minimally invasive treatment is done in the doctor’s office and typically takes about an hour, with little to no downtime afterward.

Microdermabrasion can help improve the appearance of:

  • wrinkles and fine lines
  • sun damage
  • hyperpigmentation or age spots
  • acne scarring
  • enlarged pores
  • stretch marks

A typical microdermabrasion procedure costs about $136.

Common side effects, which often go away a few hours after the procedure, include:

  • redness
  • mild tenderness
  • slight swelling

Laser skin resurfacing

Laser skin resurfacing is another nonsurgical treatment. It’s often used for:

  • age-related skin issues
  • sun damage
  • acne scars
  • uneven skin tone

Your doctor will determine the type of laser — ablative or nonablative — depending on your needs. An ablative treatment removes the outer layers of the skin, while nonablative laser treatment stimulates collagen production beneath the skin’s surface without removing the top layer.

It may take several treatment sessions, but results typically last for several years. Laser skin resurfacing can cost anywhere between $1,200 and $2,000.

Healing typically takes several days, and the most common side effects include:

  • burning
  • bumps
  • rash or redness
  • swelling