Lasers can be used in several ways to improve the appearance and texture of the skin. Laser skin resurfacing removes the damaged top layers of skin so that the healthier skin underneath is exposed. This undamaged skin is usually softer and smoother with fewer wrinkles. Because lasers are extremely precise, they work well to target small areas of damaged skin, such as wrinkles around the eyes.
There are also chemical skin treatments available. A chemical peel is similar to laser skin resurfacing: The goal is to remove the damaged top layer of skin to expose the healthier, younger-looking skin underneath. In most cases, dermatologists use acidic solutions, such as alpha hydroxy acids or phenol, to peel away the outer layers of damaged skin. Deeper peels can remove more damaged skin than lighter peels.
An injection is another form of anti-aging skin treatment. Rather than removing damaged top layers of skin, dermatologists can inject a filler into the skin. These dermal fillers are designed to "fill in" lines and wrinkles and improve the overall contour and texture of skin. There are several types of fillers that can be used, such as polymer implants and bovine collagen.
While there are many available anti-aging treatments that can restore a youthful appearance to delicate facial skin, there are several ways to help slow the aging process as well. Patients may need fewer anti-aging treatments if they protect their skin from sun damage and other dangers. Seeking treatment for acne, using sunscreen, and following a healthy diet can all help keep skin looking young and smooth.