Aging gracefully is easier than ever. Thanks to new ways of thinking and improved technologies, we can look better longer without going under the knife.

There are affordable procedures available today that require little or no downtime for recovery, can be performed by licensed aestheticians at a more reasonable cost, and are more readily available than an appointment with a dermatologist or plastic surgeon.

One of the greatest anti-aging procedures is called vascular touch, which quickly and effectively removes unsightly facial growths caused by sun damage, aging, genetics and skin trauma. A small probe is touched to the blemish and eliminates the unwanted cells or coagulates blood in the broken small red capillary.

When brown spots are lightened and little red lines disappear your tone is evened out and you won’t need as much makeup to cover the unsightly spots. Vascular touch can even eliminate white calcium deposits, milia and keratosis.

Having skin tags removed from the neck or around the eyes makes for a quick and noticeable change in appearance, too.

Another effective procedure is microdermabrasion. It uses diamond tips to slough off the top dull layers of skin, softening fine lines and wrinkles. Microdermabrasion can help to smooth coarsely textured skin, decrease the appearance of shallow scars, decrease pore size, and reduce age spots. Combined with ultrasonic treatments, products, and serums, you will have a new glow and radiance.

Last but not least, after all the improvements have been made to your skin, you may still feel like it has given in just a bit to gravity and needs just a bit of a lift.

The answer is radio frequency, a non-invasive and FDA-approved treatment that safely treats the cause of skin laxity. The procedure works by using radio frequency energy applied directly to the relaxed tissues using a three-pronged probe waved over ultrasonic gel that heats the lower dermis layer and causes immediate shrinkage of skin tissues.

This procedure is often combined with light-emitting diode therapy, which helps reduce inflammation, stimulates collagen and elastin production and improves the overall health of the skin.
The result is tighter and firmer looking skin after just one treatment. To get rid of so-called “turkey neck” or “sagging jowls,” 3 to 6 treatments approximately two weeks apart will do wonders. After care and upkeep is required every 6 to 9 months.

As a licensed aesthetician and skin care professional, I always recommend a regular daily home-care routine to ensure that skin is treated with the proper products for your specific skin type.
Scheduling a regular facial (so much more than an hour of indulgent pampering) is the first step to ensuring proper skin care. A facial has enormous benefits for the health and wellness of your skin both for the short and long term. If you are interested in any of these wonderful and affordable anti-aging treatments, ask your local licensed aesthetician for a free consult to learn more.

Laura Tuttle-Williams, licensed aesthetician and owner of Calm Moments Skin Care has been an aesthetician for 18 years.

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