Fat transfer: Fat harvested from one part of the body (usually the stomach, thighs, or butt) is used to recontour the face. Variable longevity, six months to two years. Cost: $1,200 and up.
Fraxel: A laser with a pixilated beam targets only small portions of the skin's surface at once (leaving healthy tissue between each "wound"), rather than removing the entire outer layer of skin (like the CO2 laser)—which means less recovery time (about three to ten days of redness). Results aren't as dramatic as with the CO2, but it will soften fine lines and improve uneven pigmentation. Up to six treatments, over eight to twelve weeks, suggested. Cost: $500 to $1,500 per treatment.
GentleWaves: Pulses of low-energy light (from two panels that you sit under for about 45 seconds) help even out skin tone and stimulate skin cells to produce more collagen and elastin. At least six sessions are required. Often combined with other laser, peel, or intense pulsed light treatments. Cost: $100 and up.
Hyaluronic acid fillers: Restylane is used to fill moderate to deep wrinkles and lasts an average of six months. Cost: $550 per injection. Hylaform causes slightly less postinjection swelling than Restylane, but results may not be as long-lasting. Cost: $550 per injection. Juvéderm, recently approved by the FDA, should be widely available some time next year; it could last a bit longer than Restylane. Cost: As yet undetermined.
Intense pulsed light (IPL): Pulses of light are delivered through a handpiece held to the skin to reduce hyperpigmentation and redness. Four to six treatments are usually suggested. Cost: $400 per treatment.
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