There is no avoiding it, our body ages when we don’t want it to. The medical field has risen to the challenge and responded with plastic surgery options such as facelifts to tighten skin and remove wrinkles. However, plastic surgery can go wrong, and when it does, it can be irreversible. It can also be costly. As a result, many people are pursuing nonsurgical procedures to improve their appearance and reduce the signs of aging. Below are five of the hottest tricks and trends.

  1. Veneers

Very few non-surgical procedures offer multiple benefits to the same extent as composite veneers. When you upgrade your teeth you will not only improve your smile, but you will take years off your face. A picture perfect smile can also give you a nice confidence boost. Unlike other significant changes you can make to your face, the cost is reasonable, the procedure is painless and, if you hate the result, it is reversible.

  1. Cryotherapy

Cryotherapy is growing in popularity with athletes and celebrities for its rejuvenating and restorative powers. A 2-4 minute session in a tank with sub-zero temperatures is believed to help with weight loss, enhance muscle recovery, reduce inflammation and rejuvenate the skin. Aestheticians are employing the same technique in facials, using ice sticks to stimulate circulation and make the skin glow. Cryotherapy offers some similar results to plastic surgery for a fraction of the price and without the need for recovery time.

  1. Ultratherapy

A pricier alternative to avoid a facelift is Ultratherapy, which is the stimulation of the collagen in your face using ultrasound waves. Ultratherapy can be performed over a lunch break, but the side effects, such as puffiness, may require a few days or weeks to subside. Once the treatment has settled, your face can appear years younger. The effects last for over a year, but some patients have found it to be too painful of a process to try again. One significant benefit over a facelift is that the results are not permanent.

  1. Chemical Peels

A chemical peel resurfaces the top layers of your skin. It can be done on three different levels depending on the desired results. Those seeking fewer fine lines would benefit from the light chemical peel, while those with acne scars might pursue a medium peel. The deep peel is a one-time only event for those with scars or deep wrinkles. Whatever the level of peel, do not make the decision without considering all the possible results. A desire to remove some fine lines could result in a change in your skin color or scarring, and deep peels could affect essential organs.

  1. Red Light Therapy

Last but not least, this final therapy can be performed at home, no professionals required! LED Light therapy uses red lights at a low-level wavelength to encourage cells to activate, restore themselves and work more efficiently. When cells respond, their new activity reduces wrinkles and fine lines, stimulates collagen production and reverses sun damage. It has also found success with improving time taken for wounds to heal and reducing inflammation, similar to Cryotherapy. FDA approved devices for this noninvasive procedure can be purchased on Amazon.

Your aging body has options that don’t involve a knife. You can change your appearance and upgrade your smile with composite veneers, or you can reduce wrinkles and stimulate collagen production with Cryotherapy, Ultratherapy, or Red Light Therapy. If you want more profound, lasting change, you can pursue a chemical peel. Unlike plastic surgery, these alternatives can be reversible and are much more affordable.