Anti-Aging Skincare Treatments: Myth vs. Reality

The market for anti-aging treatments is vast and diverse, but at times it can be hard to tell whether that variety is a blessing or a curse. Wading through all the marketing jargon to determine what’s best for you can quickly become a headache. Choosing an anti-aging treatment for your skin is a personal decision that you should discuss with a licensed aesthetician who is familiar with your skin and medical history. At Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center, we can help men and women of all ages familiarize themselves with some of the most common anti-aging treatment myths.

Myth #1: The bigger the price tag, the better the skincare product or service.
Reality: A multitude of factors go into determining the cost of a skincare service or product, not all of which are applicable to or suitable for your specific skin type. The appropriateness of a treatment for your skin depends upon the device(s) used to administer the treatment, any chemicals used, possible side effects, preparation and recovery time, and personal factors such as age, skin condition, and desired outcome.

Myth #2: If skincare products and services being sold, they must be safe.
Reality: There are hundreds of skin and anti-aging products on shelves that simply do not do what they claim. Unfortunately, the sale of skincare products and services is not as closely regulated as we would like. Unless the product or treatment you are considering has been evaluated and approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), you cannot be sure of the validity of its claims or of its safety.

Myth #3: It doesn’t matter where you buy anti-aging products or services.
Reality: Not exactly. Sure, you can buy quality skincare products at certain specialty stores, but for the highest concentration of active ingredients, you’ll likely have to purchase from licensed professionals. Also, some of the best anti-aging products and services, such as laser skin treatments, are sold and provided only by accredited offices. Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center is a member of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS) and as such holds itself to the highest standards of professionalism, product integrity, and quality of care.

Myth #4: “Clinically proven” means it’s definitely going to work.
Reality: This phrase has been used extensively in infomercials and other marketing, but its meaning is actually quite vague. In general, “clinically proven” means that the skincare product has been tested in a clinical setting, but not necessarily under realistic circumstances, by disinterested researchers, with neutral funding, or resulting in FDA approval.

Only you and your aesthetician can determine the best anti-aging treatment for your skin. If you are interested in learning more about the anti-aging skincare treatments at Laser Lights, such as chemical peels and facial fillers, contact our office today. Don’t forget to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for all the latest in facial rejuvenation.