The 4 Best Non-Surgical Facial Treatments for Mature Skin

As we age, our skin experiences various changes, including a loss of elasticity, thinning, dryness, fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, and a decrease in collagen and elastin production. As a plastic surgeon with decades of experience, here are the top four non-surgical treatments that I recommend for patients who want to slow down signs of facial aging:

Laser Skin Resurfacing

Laser skin resurfacing is a proven and safe method for enhancing the overall appearance of the skin. It is commonly utilized to address skin imperfections found on the face and neck, although it can also effectively diminish the visibility of scars, stretch marks, blemishes, and discoloration on any part of the body.

The procedure allows for targeted treatment of specific areas or can be applied to the entire face and neck. The duration of the treatment typically ranges from 15 to 60 minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated. It is typically conducted on an outpatient basis. Before the procedure, the treatment areas are numbed with a topical anesthetic lotion for approximately 20 minutes. It is advised not to wear makeup on the day of your appointment. We may provide you with additional pre-treatment instructions tailored to your needs.

During the procedure, a high-energy laser beam is carefully directed to vaporize the epidermis, the outermost layer of the skin, safely. Additionally, the laser can be used to penetrate deeper layers of the skin to stimulate the production of new, healthy skin cells and encourages the synthesis of collagen. By promoting the growth of fresh skin, laser skin resurfacing gradually enhances the elasticity and firmness of the skin over time.


As we age, our skin naturally loses collagen and elastin fibers – but microneedling can invigorate healthy skin protein production and restore your skin’s youthful glow. Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, is a very popular, non-surgical aesthetic procedure that helps firm and tone the skin.

The duration of a microneedling appointment typically lasts around 30 minutes, although the exact time can vary depending on the size of the treatment area. While microneedling is commonly performed on the face, it can also be used on other areas like the thighs or abdomen to target concerns such as stretch marks or scarring.

During the procedure, our aestheticians apply a thin layer of gel, creating a smooth surface. A sterile micro-exfoliating pen is then used to gently create tiny punctures in the skin. The pen is pressed and glided across the treatment area, resulting in thousands of microscopic channels. This micro-exfoliation process promotes cellular turnover and stimulates the production of skin proteins, ultimately leading to a firmer, more youthful, and even-textured skin appearance.

Following the treatment, a calming serum is applied to soothe the skin. It is common for the skin to appear red or flushed, but this typically improves over time. You may also experience a sensation of tightness and mild skin sensitivity. Makeup and sunscreen can be applied the day after treatment, but it is crucial to avoid direct sun exposure and always use sunscreen, as the skin may be more sensitive to sunlight. We tell patients to take it easy for the first 48 hours and refrain from vigorous exercise.

After two days, you may notice some dryness or flaking of the skin, which is a normal part of the healing process. This indicates that fresh, healthy skin cells are developing beneath the top layer. You can use a gentle, hydrating moisturizer during this time. However, it is important to avoid exfoliants, toners, glycolic acid, retinoids, or hydroquinone until the skin has fully recovered. Many patients observe that their skin is fully healed, smoother, and radiantly rejuvenated within the first week following their microneedling treatment.


Botox is a versatile treatment that can be used to address various concerns in the face and neck. The mechanism of botox involves blocking nerve signals to the targeted muscle, effectively preventing it from contracting. We commonly inject botox to reduce the appearance of crow’s feet, forehead wrinkles, frown lines, bunny lines, prominent platysmal banding in the neck, large masseter muscles in the jaw, and gummy smile. The FDA has approved botox for use in treating frown lines and crow’s feet.

Before your treatment, we may apply numbing cream or ice pack to provide mild numbing of the skin. Then, using a thin needle, small amounts of the toxin are administered into specific areas. Full results are usually visible within a week or two. While some patients may experience slight bruising at the injection site, this is uncommon and typically resolves within a day or two.

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels are a beneficial treatment for revitalizing the skin, resulting in a brighter, healthier, and more youthful appearance. The procedure entails applying a chemical solution that effectively removes the outer layer of damaged skin cells. By doing so, chemical peels stimulate the growth of fresh, healthy skin cells, thereby enhancing the overall skin quality and addressing various concerns such as fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and acne. Apart from the aesthetic benefits, chemical peels also improve skin hydration by eliminating the layer of dead skin cells, allowing moisturizers and other skincare products to penetrate more deeply.

Chemical peels can be categorized into three types: superficial, medium, and deep, with the strength of the peel determined by the type and concentration of the chemical solution utilized. Before undergoing a chemical peel, your plastic surgeon will assess your skin type, medical history, and goals to determine the most suitable type and strength of peel for your specific needs.

During the treatment, your skin will be thoroughly cleansed and prepared for the chemical peel. The peel solution will be carefully applied to your skin using a brush. While it is being applied, you may experience a mild burning or tingling sensation. Superficial peels are usually left on for a few minutes, while treatments with deeper peels may take up to an hour.

After the chemical peel, you may notice some light swelling and redness. The recovery time can vary from a few days to several weeks, depending on the strength of the peel used and individual healing factors.

Healthy Skin Care Tips for Mature Skin


Mature skin tends to be drier, so it’s crucial to keep it well-hydrated. Drink plenty of water, and apply a gentle moisturizer and lip balm daily.

Sun Protection

Protecting your skin from the sun is crucial at any age, but it becomes even more important as you get older. Exposure to UV rays can accelerate the aging process and contribute to the development of age spots, wrinkles, and other signs of aging. Use broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 daily, even on cloudy days, and wear protective clothing and a wide-brimmed hat when you’re outdoors.

Gentle Cleansing

Choose a gentle cleanser that doesn’t strip the skin of its natural oils. Look for products that are specifically designed for mature skin and avoid harsh ingredients like sulfates or alcohol.

Anti-Aging Ingredients

Incorporate products that contain ingredients known to address specific signs of aging. Retinol, bakuchiol, and vitamin C are commonly used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, improve skin tone, and boost collagen production. However, it’s important to introduce these ingredients gradually and follow the product instructions to avoid skin irritation.


Gentle exfoliation can help remove dead skin cells and promote cell turnover, which tends to slow down with age. Opt for chemical exfoliants that can help reveal fresher, more radiant skin. However, be cautious not to over-exfoliate, as it can lead to skin irritation, redness, and dryness.

Eye and Neck Care

The delicate skin around the eyes and neck is often more prone to showing signs of aging. Use specialized eye creams or serums that target dark circles, puffiness, and fine lines in the eye area. Additionally, extend your skincare routine to the neck and chest, applying moisturizers and anti-aging products to keep these areas hydrated and firm.

Healthy Lifestyle

An overall healthy lifestyle can contribute to overall skin health. Get enough sleep, manage stress levels, eat a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and antioxidants, and avoid smoking and excessive alcohol consumption. These lifestyle choices can support your skin’s vitality and reduce the impact of external factors on the aging process.

Defy Aging With Plastic Surgeon-Recommended Treatments for Mature Skin

Book a consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons or qualified aestheticians to talk about your desired outcomes and treatment options.

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