Age-Fighting Skin Treatments for Men

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Skin treatments that can help you look younger without surgery.

Could a skin treatment that helps you look younger and more relaxed be right for you?

Maybe you’ve finally got the experience and confidence to be at the top of your career game. But if you’re like many men over 50, you might feel like you’re starting to lose some ground.

One reason: Younger men whose careers are also on the rise. And while they may have nothing on you in terms of knowledge, experience, or even energy, by Friday afternoon, you look like you need a vacation — and they don’t.

While diet and exercise can help put that bounce back in a man’s step, you can also help level the playing field with skin treatments — nonsurgical medical procedures designed to give your appearance that rested, relaxed look.

“For quite some time, cosmetic surgery generally has been thought of as a female-oriented area — and while this may still be true to an extent, the percentages of male patients desiring cosmetic surgery now keeps pace with the increased numbers of procedures performed each year,” says Joel Schlessinger, MD, president of the American Society of Cosmetic Dermatology and Aesthetic Surgery.

But unlike many women who want treatments that help them look as young as possible, Schlessinger says men typically want a look that is “rested, relaxed, and comfortable.”

Goldberg agrees: “Men want to maintain their rugged looks — they don’t want to eliminate lines, just soften the look of aging and revitalize their skin.”

Top 5 Treatment for men

Skin Treatment 1: Botox Cosmetic

What It Is : Tiny amounts of the botulinum A toxin that are injected directly into the muscle that lies below a wrinkle.

What It Does: Temporarily paralyzes the muscle, allowing the wrinkle to relax so surface skin is smoother and younger-looking.

Lasting Effect : About six months

Skin Treatment 2: Microdermabrasion

What It Is: In this procedure, a vacuum suction device is used in tandem with a mild chemical crystal formulation to remove the top layer of skin cells. This allows new, more evenly textured skin to come to the surface.

What It Does: Rejuvenate the complexion, help topical products penetrate more deeply, remove ultrafine lines, and give skin a more youthful “glow.”

Lasting Effect: Several months, depending on age and condition of skin.

Skin Treatment 3: Laser Hair Removal

What It Is: Relies on energy produced by a laser to pass through the skin, down to the hair follicle. The melanin pigment of the hair absorbs it, where it causes injury to the follicle. This makes the hair fall out — and makes it difficult for the hair to grow back again.

What It Does: Removes hair from any area on the body.

Lasting Effect: In some people, it can be permanent. In others, hair may grow back, but it is usually lighter and easier to remove. It’s important to note, however, that the hair does not come out during the treatment. Instead, it falls out gradually in the days and weeks that follow.

Skin Treatment 4: Chemical Peel

What It Is: A topical treatment that uses various types of chemicals to “peel” away damaged layers of skin, and along with it, surface lines and wrinkles.

What It Does: Depending on the type of peel used, it can do anything from simply refreshing the skin (known as the “lunchtime peel,” to, in the case of deeper peels, stimulate collagen production to firm skin, reduce wrinkling, improve skin texture, correct pigment problems, and reduce sun damage. All lead to a younger-looking complexion.

Lasting Effect: A light peel usually needs to be repeated for results to last several months; the results of a medium peel last about one year; a deep peel is permanent, though new wrinkles can form over time.

Skin Treatment 5: Laser/ Light Skin Rejuvenation

What It Is: A method of facial rejuvenation that uses either nonablative (noncutting) laser beams or other light-based devices to deliver short bursts of energy (called intense pulsed light) to the skin.

What It Does: Firms and tones skin by stimulating new collagen growth; improves texture and color; minimizes fine lines; gives skin a rested and refreshed look — all without the use of any chemicals.

Lasting Effect: Several treatments are needed for maximum collagen production. Touch-up treatments are recommended every few months to keep collagen production stimulated.

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