There are few people out there who don’t dream of having perfect skin. Even when you find the skincare routine that works best for you, some problems are bound to happen eventually. There’s only so much you can do with over-the-counter at home treatment. Fortunately, there are plenty of dermatological and cosmetic procedures you can have done. Many procedures are quick and almost painless, like the dermapen.
There a few skin issues that can’t be treated by a dermatologist or an aesthetician. Here are 10 great dermatological and cosmetic procedures that can do wonders to help improve your skin.
When you have microdermabrasion done, a skincare professional will run a mildly abrasive over your skin to remove the outer layer of dead skin. This treatment resolves hyperpigmentation, acne scars, stretch marks, age spots, and reduces fine lines and wrinkles. By exfoliating the skin, a smoother and brighter layer will appear. Microdermabrasion is a quick procedure that doesn’t require any downtime, although skin can get dry and sensitive to sunlight afterward.
2. Laser skin resurfacing
There are two different types of laser skin resurfacing, ablative and non-ablative. Ablative lasers remove the outer layer of skin and treat concerns such as wrinkles, scars, and warts. Non-ablative lasers do not remove any layers of sin and can be used for acne, rosacea, and spider veins. Only one treatment is typically necessary, but those using non-ablative lasers might need a series of treatments. Laser skin resurfacing can cause peeling and scabbing but heals within a few days.
3. Cortisone injections
Cortisone shots, or steroid shots, have many uses but are extremely effective at treating acne. A corticosteroid is injected directly into a pimple. Within 24 hours of treatment, acne will disappear as cortisone works to heal inflamed tissue. Cortisone shots are typically used to treat cystic acne that doesn’t heal on its own, or as a quick solution for acne right before an important event, like weddings. The area can become sunken temporarily and returns to normal within a few hours.
For anyone dealing with facial expression related wrinkles, Botox is often the solution. A Botox injection temporarily paralyzes facial muscles, preventing expressions like frowning and smooths out wrinkles. Depending on your age, the severity of wrinkles, and lifestyles, the regularity of your treatment may differ. If you routinely get Botox for years, your muscles could adjust to it and not require you to get injections as often. Getting Botox before major signs of aging occurs could help prevent deep wrinkles from setting later in life.
5. Dermal Fillers
Dermal fillers are often thought to be similar to Botox, although this is not correct. Dermal fillers treat wrinkles caused by loss of volume and elasticity in the skin. Substances like hyaluronic acid are injected into the skin to bring volume back into the skin. Some fillers can even help promote the growth of collagen, so your skin will become fuller on its own. Dermal fillers can fix a number of problems, such as hollowness, thin lips, acne scars, and fine lines.
6. Chemical peels
A chemical peel is another option for those looking to resurface their skin. There are different types of chemical peel available depending on the severity of the skin issues. During a chemical peel, a chemical solution is applied to the skin which will later cause the outer layer of skin to peel away, revealing newer, fresh skin. Many people who get chemical peels have textural issues and discoloration on their face.
7. Blemish extractions
At some point, most people attempt to remove blemishes like blackheads at home, but this can cause permanent damage. Instead, a dermatologist can professionally remove blackheads, milia, and whiteheads. This is a very minor procedure to clear away any non-inflamed blemishes.
8. Blemish excision
Slightly more invasive than a blemish extraction, a blemish excision removes pus and debris from a pimple. For a blemish excision, a dermatologist will make a small incision to allow the inside of a pimple to drain and be cleaned. After the procedure, the area will heal on its own. Since an excision requires an incision to be made, there is the chance that the procedure will leave a scar.
If you think that you have skin issues caused by a loss of collagen being produced in your skin, microneedling could the solution. Microneedling involves a device with tiny needles being rolled over the skin. This creates small punctures that the body then works to heal. The pinpricks aren’t large enough to cause any lasting damage to the skin. When the skin begins to heal itself, it will produce more collagen to repair the damage. Microneedling results in fuller skin, even texture, and helps skin continue to improve over time.
10. Cosmetic surgery
For larger skin concerns and more dramatic results, cosmetic surgery might be the way. Common surgeries address wrinkles or sagging skin. Usually, an incision is made to lift the skin and tighten it in areas like the jaw line, forehead, and eyelids. Because surgery is more invasive than other procedures, you do have a greater risk with them and a longer recovery time afterward.