Like it or not, maintaining a vibrant, youthful appearance requires some strategic planning and preventive measures. And with so many tools and techniques on the market that promise tighter- and brighter-looking skin, it’s certainly possible to age as gracefully as you always wished. Case in point: laser facials. These super-effective treatments can do wonders for your complexion. However, deciphering which is right for you can be stressful enough to cause early aging. So we tapped board-certified plastic surgeon Stephen Greenberg, MD, to tell us the best lasers for every age. Whether you’re just experimenting in your 20s or investing in a maintenance regimen in your 50s, these are the treatments to try now.
How It Works: "This treatment reverses redness and hyperpigmentation using light energy. It's ideal to do a series of five or more to get best results. During the treatment, your eyes are shielded with protective glasses as the doctor applies a cool gel, followed by the device that administers a flashing light to your skin."
Benefits: "It's a great first step into laser facials—improve large pores, sun damage, rosacea, mild acne scars and broken blood vessels."
Recovery: "Your skin might appear mildly red and feel warm to the touch after your session, but this will fade. Avoiding sun exposure is key to a successful result."
How It Works: "During one 20-minute treatment, the Fractora delivers its unique Capacitive Radiofrequency (CRF) technology. This technology safely heats your skin's under layer and the web of collagen in the inner layer. You will feel and see your skin become smoother, firmer and tighter immediately after your treatment. You may also notice contouring effects, which will enhance the shape of your face."
Benefits: "It is a completely non-invasive treatment in which you see results after just one session that last for six months! It tightens your existing collagen and stimulates new growth. It works on your entire face, forehead, eyes, nasolabial folds, jawline, jowls and the area under your chin."
Recovery: "Your skin might be slightly red for a day or two, but most people resume regular activities immediately after treatment with no downtime or special follow-up care."
How It Works: "The Ultherapy procedure stimulates collagen production by delivering focused ultrasound energy to the skin's foundational layer without cutting or disrupting the surface of the skin."
Benefits: "It's the only non-invasive, FDA-approved treatment to lift and tighten the neck, chin and brow area. It's also effective in improving the appearance of lines and wrinkles on the décolletage."
Recovery: "No downtime! You can easily fit it into your busy schedule. Results can be noticed two to three months after."
How It Works: "This non-invasive face-lift uses helium to precisely eliminate wrinkles layer by layer, so the skin doesn't just appear smoother, it actually is smoother."
Benefits: "It dramatically improves wrinkles, imprinted lines and the irregular pigmentation traditional face-lifts can't do. It's literally a reset button for your skin and neck! It's a beauty game changer for those patients who don't want to go under the knife but want to refresh their look."
Recovery: "It's relatively pain-free. Healing time averages about ten days and includes redness, minor swelling and skin peeling."