Dermatologists are using fillers and lasers to correct the most notable signs of aging, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.

“Many fillers for the aging face are now designed to create a fuller, more youthful appearance, instead of targeting only wrinkles or fine lines. In addition, facial rejuvenation with lasers is now more targeted, resulting in quicker results and less downtime,” says Jenny Kim, MD, PhD, FAAD, an associate professor of medicine in the division of dermatology at the University of California, Los Angeles, in a press release.

While skin fillers and botulinum toxins are the most widely used procedures to rejuvenate the skin, the newest fillers being introduced will work as volumizers to replace the plumpness of the face that is lost with aging.

“As much as lines and wrinkles make us look older, we’re learning that volume loss is just as critical,” says Dr. Kim. “Because of that, we’re looking at the aging process a little differently now and understanding the importance of replacing volume loss in the face to restore the fullness of a more youthful appearance.”

She predicts more advances in volumizing fillers in the near future.

New laser technologies also offer another alternative to rejuvenate the skin with fewer side effects than earlier lasers, she says. “Laser technology continues to evolve and provide dermatologists with more options to target not only specific signs of aging, but specific cells responsible for age-related changes in our appearance,” says Dr. Kim. “In the future, lasers could even produce significant skin tightening or effectively target oil glands to improve acne, decrease oily skin and reduce large pores.” Stay tuned.

Source: American Academy of Dermatology