A number of factors contribute to the signs of aging like wrinkles, age spots, sagging skin and changes in the way your face and body store fat. Although many people automatically think cosmetic surgery is the only way to look younger again, these five nonsurgical options can be used to help combat many of these concerns with minimal downtime:

1. CoolSculpting®

CoolSculpting® uses cryolipolysis technology to apply extreme cold to fat cells, rupturing them to eliminate the bulge without harming surrounding tissues. As an alternative to liposuction, CoolSculpting® can be optimal for people who would like to slim down stubborn fat that’s resistant to diet and exercise.

This painless procedure takes about an hour, and patients see on average a 20 to 25 percent reduction of fat in the targeted treatment area. Results can continue to improve over time, becoming noticeable as early as four weeks, and peaking by a couple months after your appointment. Multiple CoolSculpting® treatments spread out over several months may be recommended for the best outcome.

2. KYBELLA™

One of the latest newcomers on the med spa treatment scene, KYBELLA™ is an injectable designed to permanently eliminate your double chin. The active ingredient works like a natural acid produced by the body to destroy excess fat cells. One treatment typically takes around 15 minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated, and can be performed in the office.

3. Thermage®

Thermage® is a radiofrequency treatment that works below the skin’s surface to remodel collagen, resulting in smoother, tighter and more youthful-looking skin. As one of the best options for a nonsurgical facelift, Thermage® treatments only take about an hour to complete.

During treatment, you may feel cooling and heating sensations during each pulse. Afterward, you may see an improvement almost immediately, although most people see their new look gradually develop over the following several months.

4. Injectables BOTOX® and Dermal Fillers

“Injectables” is a term that covers virtually any treatment that’s administered by needle, most notably BOTOX® Cosmetic and dermal fillers. Although these two treatments work in different ways, they can both be effective for smoothing away lines and wrinkles that appear with age.

  • Dermal fillers can minimize deep facial lines and restore volume and fullness in the face. Fillers can also be used to plump thin lips and soften facial creases.
  • BOTOX® Cosmetic injections block muscular nerve signals, which limits muscle contractions that contribute to dynamic wrinkles. BOTOX® can help smooth away crow’s feet, forehead furrows and frown lines.

The treatment time for injectables is typically short, usually taking from 15 minutes up to an hour. There’s virtually no downtime, although it may take a few days to a week or more to see your final results. Concerns over redness or bruising at the injection site can be largely mitigated by choosing an experienced injector for your treatments.

5. Fraxel®

Fraxel® is fractional laser treatment that targets fine lines, photo aging, wrinkles, scarring and age spots. Fraxel® stimulates your skin’s natural collagen to combat the creases and pockets responsible for the appearance of wrinkles and scars. Each treatment can be tailored to your specific complexion concerns.

Right after your session, your skin may look mildly sunburned. However, within a week of treatment, you should notice a smoother, more radiant complexion. Over the next several months, collagen production should continue to increase, and your results will develop more fully.

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