What Aging Treatments Are the Most Cost Effective?

03.23 / Beauty

Harper's Bazaar breaks down seven noninvasive treatments that are more cost effective than countless at home skin products and procedures. The article explains the difference between temporary treatments versus long term results. Some of the cost differences between creams and treatments go from a couple hundred dollars to $20,000+.

At first thought, laser or filler treatments can be intimidating. The idea of these types of treatments are usually associated with celebrities like Kim Kardashian or those of affluent society, but the article takes an interesting approach and demonstrates that these treatments may be worth the cost.

 Laser Hair Removal
"Professional laser hair removal is a home run, especially in women with light skin and dark hair," says Dr. Joshua Zeichner, director of cosmetic and clinical research in Dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital.

You Could Save: $3,400

Fraxel Laser
"Lasers such as the Fraxel work by punching microscopic holes in the skin, creating a controlled wound and taking advantage of the skin's ability to heal itself," Zeichner says. "In the process, excess pigmentation is shed, creepy skin is improved, and texture is evened out. A single treatment can offer up to 50% improvement in the skin."

You Could Save: $6,627

Pico Genesis
"The PICO Genesis treatment uses ultra-short laser pulses to deliver a photo-mechanical shockwave that not only shatters the pigment, but stimulates remodeling in the upper layers of the skin, resulting in brighter more uniform skin tone in significantly fewer treatments," says Dr. Macrene Alexiades, owner of Dermatology and Laser Surgery Center of New York.

You Could Save: $14,320

Exilis Ultra
The Exilis Ultra is a technology that uses radio frequency and ultrasound energy to simultaneously tighten skin, says Dr. Debra Jaliman, a NYC board-certified dermatologist and the author.

You Could Save: $1,724

Venus Legacy Laser
The Venus Legacy is another skin-tightening laser that is used to contour the face and body, firm sagging skin, and — here's what makes it especially golden — reduce cellulite. It's gentle, painless, and one of the best introductory lasers you should consider in your 20s and 30s, says Dr. Neil Sadick at Sadick Dermatology, who is the clinical professor of dermatology at Weill Cornell Medical College.

You Could Save: $600

"Voluma filler can actually prevent sagging since it gives volume to the face," Jaliman says. "For example, on the cheekbones it can give volume and lift the face to avoid sagging and it actually lasts about a year. Volbella is great for enhancing the lips and improving fine lines around the mouth. Kybella is good for dissolving fat under the chin."

You Could Save: $16,301

Botox or Dysport
When you start to see signs of aging, neuromodulators (like Botox and Dysport) can be used as a preventative treatment to reduce the number of fine lines and wrinkles on your forehead, glabella (11 lines), and around your eyes, says Dr. Jill Waibel, a board certified dermatologist and the medical director and owner of Miami Dermatology & Laser Institute.

You Could Save: $29,000

The costs exclude the price that many of us pay for regular facials, chemical peels, and other products. Find more information including the breakdown of the prices on the Harper's Bazzar site.

Source: Harper's Bazaar