As we age, regular upkeep is needed to ensure we continue to look and feel like our very best selves. This upkeep begins at a young age and changes with each new decade—but with so many cosmetic treatment options available, it can be difficult to determine which are a fit for you. If you’re in your 30s, it’s the perfect time to begin an anti-aging routine that will help you age gracefully.
Here are common cosmetic procedures recommended in your 30s.
1. Skin resurfacing for fine lines and sun damage
Laser skin resurfacing removes fine to deep lines and wrinkles, sun damage, brown spots, and other imperfections. This treatment improves both the texture and color of the skin, making it appear more youthful and radiant. It can resurface an entire region, such as the full face or focus on improving a specific area such as around the eyes or mouth. The procedure involves using advanced laser skin resurfacing devices, such as CO2 skin resurfacing technology, to improve the appearance of the skin.
The recovery time depends on which laser is chosen for the procedure. Non-ablative lasers that leave the surface of the skin intact only cause minor redness for around 24 hours, whereas a fully ablative CO2 laser requires a much longer recovery period of 7-10 days. A specialist in facial cosmetic procedures can make a recommendation as to which lasers best meet your needs and available downtime.
2. Injectables for fighting wrinkles
There are several injectable options that are fast, painless, and effective for treating wrinkles. Dermal fillers help smooth fine lines and wrinkles and rebuild the collagen layer that supports your skin. Botox is a nonsurgical injection that erases wrinkles, particularly from the upper third of the face, including between brows, on the forehead, and around the eyes. Restylane is a gel injectable that helps smooth facial lines and wrinkles on the lower half of the face. Juvederm is another option that targets wrinkles around the mouth and nose.
Depending on which injectable you and your provider choose, results can last anywhere from three to 24 months.
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3. Laser skin tightening
Certain laser treatments are designed to tighten the skin and create an uplifting of cheeks and tightening of the jawline and neckline. This laser technology creates dermal healing and invokes the body’s natural healing abilities. This results in reduced visible wrinkles and new skin that is firmer and more youthful.
4. Kybella or CoolSculpting for submental fullness
Submental fat, or “double chin,” is a common concern for men and women alike. Kybella is a minimally invasive injectable with no downtime that dramatically reduces submental fatty tissue to sculpt the chin. It helps to break down fat cells and provides long-lasting results in just a few treatment sessions. CoolSculpting is an alternative to Kybella that can also be used to freeze away fat cells that cause the appearance of a double chin.
5. CoolSculpting, CoolTone, SculpSure or Liponique for body contouring
Certain areas of the body have diet- and exercise-resistant fatty tissue that nothing seems to correct. CoolSculpting, the leading non-invasive fat reduction treatment for men and women, helps eliminate pockets of persistent fat by freezing fat cells. This procedure results in a 20-25 percent reduction of unwanted fat and requires no recovery period or downtime.
CoolTone is a new innovative procedure that uses magnetic muscle stimulation to strengthen and tone muscles for a firmer look. For optimum results, combining CoolSculpting with CoolTone may be the solution for you.
SculpSure is a laser body contouring treatment that targets unwanted fat cells in problem areas and gradually reduces them. Another procedure is Liponique, a custom body contouring procedure that’s tailored to your individual needs and helps get rid of stubborn areas you can’t improve, even with a healthy lifestyle. When you have your consultation, your specialist can help you determine which of the above technologies will most benefit you.
Specific to breast, a common combo body contouring procedure is a breast augmentation with a breast lift. This is ideal if you want larger breasts and are also interested in improving your breast shape or the location of your nipple (perhaps it’s a little low). This allows the surgeon to enhance your breast size, improve its shape significantly, and correct your nipple location this all at once.
These cosmetic procedures can help you thrive in your 30s and maintain a youthful, natural-looking appearance in future decades as well. Each of these options is safe, and effective for addressing aging concerns—and each is customizable to help you meet your personal goals.
Consult with an experienced specialist to discuss your options and develop a cosmetic treatment plan that will help you age gracefully in your 30s and beyond.