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Turning back the clock with anti-aging treatments

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These days, there are so many options for consumers who want to reduce the signs of aging, it can be hard to choose. The available facial products and procedures — ranging from drug store creams to plastic surgery — are NOT one size fits all!  In fact, depending on factors like general health, age, income, skin type, and desired effect, the “best” option will vary from person to person.

If you are considering trying a product or procedure to look younger, you may need help figuring out what is best for you. Take our brief self-quiz to help identify the type of treatment that’s most likely to meet your needs. Learn about the government regulation and monitoring of anti-aging treatments and products. Or skip straight to our advice about what to consider when you're thinking about anti-aging products and procedures.

Which of the following best describes you?

You want to noticeably change your appearance. You looking for a solution that will last for at least 2 to 3 years. You can afford to spend between $2,000 and $12,000 for your treatment. You are generally in good health, and you can set aside several weeks for recovery. You are willing to make lifestyle changes — such as quitting smoking — for at least a month, and you are prepared to consult with a medical professional before 
moving forward.

If this describes you, facial surgical procedures may be right for you. Facial surgical procedures are invasive cosmetic procedures on the face.  These includes facelifts, eyelid surgery, and forehead surgery.

Your priority is to improve facial skin tone and firmness, and you are looking for a solution that will last more than 1 year. You can afford to spend between $500 and $2,500 for your treatment, and you have enough time in your schedule to set aside up to several days for recovery. You are willing to make lifestyle changes — such as avoiding sun — for 1 to 6 months.

If this describes you, skin resurfacing therapies may be right for you. Skin resurfacing therapies are non-surgical procedures that involve changing the surface of the skin on the face. This includes chemical peels, microdermabrasion, laser skin resurfacing, photofacial light treatments, and laser, photoderm, or electric current treatment of facial spider veins.

Your priority is to reduce noticeable lines around your eyes, mouth, and/or forehead. You would be happy with a temporary solution – lasting for 3-6 months. You are willing to repeat treatments. You can afford to spend between $300 and $500 for a treatment, and you are prepared to consult with a medical professional before moving forward.

If this describes you, injection therapies may be your best option. Injection therapies are non-surgical procedures that involve facial injections. This includes BOTOXâ Cosmetic, collagen injections, fat augmentation (filler) injections, and facial sclerotherapy (injections to remove facial spider veins).

You want to reduce fine lines around your eyes, mouth or forehead and you want to reduce, but not necessarily eliminate, visible signs of aging. You would be happy with a solution that requires daily treatment and you can afford to spend on average between $10 and $100 per month for a treatment.

If this sounds like you, and you would prefer to avoid doctor visits or procedures, over-the-counter facial products may be right for you. OTC facial products are creams, masks, gels, and vitamin and herbal extracts that are applied to the face and can be purchased “over the counter” without a prescription.

If you are willing to consult with a doctor, prescription facial products may be right for you. These are creams, masks, and gels that are applied to the face and that require a prescription from a doctor.