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Revitalize your Skin Without Plastic Surgery

There is nothing wrong with a little editing, like erasing a few fine lines, softening a crease or evening out irregular spots.

To that end, there are an array of products and procedures to help revitalize your skin without resorting to plastic surgery. There are even a few natural ways to aid your skin’s health.

The following are several popular techniques you may want to investigate further.

Botox

Botulinum toxin, which includes Botox, Dysport and Xeomin, is fairly affordable, requires little recovery time and carries relatively few risks. It is effective at temporarily smoothing wrinkles on your face, brow or neck.

Soft-tissue fillers

These are injected under the skin and add height to cheekbones, improve the jaw line and diminish scars. Some also restore fullness to cheeks, sculpt lips and fill in the deep lines.

Some fillers, like hyaluronic acid and poly-L-lactic acid, are eventually absorbed by the body. Others contain tiny beads suspended in gel that is eventually absorbed over time while the beads form a framework for new collagen.

Microdermabrasion

This consists of sanding an area with tiny aluminum hydroxide crystals to create smoother-looking skin. It’s popular since it’s relatively inexpensive and has no recovery time.

Microneedling

Here, a doctor repeatedly applies an electric or battery-operated instrument with multiple thin, sharp needles. These needles cause tiny injuries that stimulate the production of collagen and elastin.

Hyaluronic or ascorbic acid are applied before or after to penetrate deeply. This is also relatively risk-free and inexpensive.

Chemical peels

These peels treat wrinkles, age spots, discoloration, precancerous skin growths and superficial scarring. An acid solution is applied, usually glycolic, salicylic or trichloroacetic acid, that dissolves skin cells and removes the top layers. Effects can vary based on how deep the peel goes.

Laser therapy

Lasers can remove moderate to deep lines and wrinkles and improve skin tone, texture and tightness. Because they target specific types of cells, they can be used to treat port-wine stains, pigmented birthmarks and even spider veins.

Of course, if you’re looking to revitalize your face, there are a few natural things you can do to help your skin look its best. First, drink enough water to stay hydrated — dehydration is your skin’s worst enemy.

Also, the less sleep you get the more it shows on your face. Aim for eight hours of sleep per night for a healthy glow. You also can’t go wrong by eating right. Eat foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids and limit alcohol and caffeine.

Finally, if you don’t know already, smoking draws moisture from your skin, prevents healing and constricts blood flow, so quit. Your skin will thank you by glowing and looking healthier.

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