Anti Aging

Antiaging Procedures Performed By Dermatologist

Our modern world offers a wide range of choices when it comes to skincare solutions. These cosmetic procedures depend on the efficacy of the procedure itself and the skill of the practitioner. And I also like to add the possible side effects.

The last 2 sentence are not opinion but something that I have observed in over 15 years as an esthetician. In this blog post I would like to cover what in my opinion are 3 of the most popular anti-aging procedures performed by dermatologist and their possible side effects.

Many people seek cosmetic procedures as they promise instant results with “little or no effort”. There is great appeal for a modern women as they are generally busy with work, family and various other activities. Some when someone promises an instant makeover they jump at the opportunity. However before signing on lets look at both sides of the coin.

Intense Pulse Light (IPL)

Though it’s been around for years, Intense Pulsed Light or Photo Rejuvenation therapy as is commonly known is a very popular recourse for dermatologists. This treatment is consider noninvasive and relatively painless but that depends on your pain threshold of course.

It involves a range of light frequencies shined on the face to eliminate redness, reduce brown spots, and minimize fine lines. You should see results after three or so sessions.

Possible side effects are: Redness, swelling, light bruising, itching, peeling and scabbing and hyper-pigmentation. This treatment is not recommended for people with darker skin color.

Fillers or Injectables

The most common in-office solution for fine lines and wrinkles, that even dentist are doing now a days is Botox. And injectables are a close second. Some like Belotaro a hyaluronic acid popular in Europe is used to plump the skin and give it volume.

These products are injected into the skin by a certified licensed medical professional to prevent wrinkles from forming or to lift and plump the skin. The results are immediate and can last from 3 to 6 months.

The possible side effects of botox can be muscle atrophy which can cause major sagging if not maintained.

Injectables when overly done will instead of balancing facial features, distorts them. Aging the person or overly inflating their complexion.


Dermatologist sometimes prescribe products containing vitamin A-derived retinoids. Originally developed as acne treatments, they also help reduce creases by exfoliating the top layer of skin and stimulating collagen production in the layers below.

Some possible side effects are burning, redness, itching, peeling and scaling that starts after two to three days and can last up to three months during use.

High-dose topical retinoids may also cause thinning skin over time.

Collagen and elastin are two vital proteins needed for your skin to remain youthful and vibrant. Most anti-aging treatments are trying to boost these two proteins and this is an easy way to understand what a rejuvenating treatment is trying to do. Boosting them will erase wrinkles and firm up your skin.

However, some procedures can be too aggressive and have too many side effects as a result.

There are some natural ways to achieve what some of the above treatments are trying to do with no known side effects. These are microcurrent facials and LED light therapy.

Lastly I look forward to seeing at the salon where you will be dazzled by how great your skin looks.

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