3 Easy Cosmetic Treatments Women Over 50 Need To Know About

Aging is inevitable, and the changes it brings to your appearance can be hard to adjust to. Although most women don't go for the drastic makeovers you see on TV, chances are you do have some signs of aging that you'd eradicate if you could do so inexpensively and without surgery or significant changes to your appearance. The following cosmetic treatments can correct some of the bothersome issues that crop up as women age, and you can get them right in your dermatologist's office:

1. Laser Resurfacing

If your face has wrinkles, blotches, and age spots from sun damage, laser resurfacing can improve its appearance. Resurfacing uses highly focused light to remove the top layers of skin to expose healthier, undamaged skin and give you a more youthful appearance

Laser resurfacing takes a few as 30 minutes if only part of your face is being done, and as long as two hours if you're having your whole face treated. The doctor will numb the area of your face being treated and perhaps sedate you, but whole-face treatment might require general anesthesia. Your face will be bandaged when you leave and you'll have some discomfort for up to 72 hours, but you should be fully healed in 10 to 21 days, according to WebMD. Any residual redness should clear up within two or three months.

2. Sclerotherapy

Spider veins are those thin "webs" of red or blue blood vessels that appear most commonly on your face or legs. Known formally as telangiectasias, the condition is unsightly at best, and at its worst can also cause pain. Treatment consists of sclerotherapy, for which the doctor injects a chemical into the offending veins to collapse them. This option is typically reserved for individuals with larger or widespread spider veins, and it is considered a cosmetic procedure rather than a medically necessary one. Although side-effects are generally mild, you might experience a temporary darkening of the skin at the injection site that typically fades as your body absorbs the obliterated blood vessels.

3. Non-surgical Skin Tightening

Youthful skin gets its plumpness and elasticity from collagen and elastin; these are proteins your body produced in large supply when you were younger, but that can be lacking as you age and may result in slack, sagging skin on your face and neck. Non-surgical skin tightening can temporarily restore your skin's firmness without incisions. Several types are available, and they're generally best suited to those with mild or moderate sagging, according to the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery. Although the results are temporary, you might be able to go as long as a year between treatments.

Aging gracefully doesn't have to mean surrendering to the effects of time on your appearance. No cosmetic procedure can turn back the clock, but they can make you feel better about how you look, no matter your age. For more information on these and other treatments, contact companies like the Varicure Vein Center.