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Treatments for improving the aging complexion

How we age depends upon many factors, such as our inherited skin type and overall health and lifestyle choices, including cumulative sun exposure.

Skin care programs - Alpha-hydroxy acids, Retin-A or other skin products as well as facials may be used to improve texture and tone.

Chemical peel - This procedure rejuvenates the complexion through the use of different chemical solutions applied in varying strengths. Peels are useful for improving fine wrinkling, blotchy skin or precancerous lesions caused by sun exposure.

Facial laser resurfacing - With the development of the ultrapulsed, high-energy carbon dioxide (CO2) laser, many signs of aging can be reduced significantly. This minimally invasive procedure is useful for reducing deeper facial, eye and forehead creases.

Microdermabrasion - The treatment involves directing very fine crystals onto the skin to exfoliate and remove dead skin cells.

Dermal fillers - These are used in the management of fine to moderate wrinkles, acne scars and superficial skin defects. The fillers include one's own fat, collagen, or RestylaneÆ.

Botox - This is used for a variety of conditions including treatment of frown lines, "crows feet" and forehead wrinkles caused by facial expressions such as frowning, squinting or even laughing.

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