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Age-Fighting Skin Treatments for Men

Skin treatments that can help you look younger without surgery.

Skin Treatment 4: Chemical Peel

What It Is: A topical treatment that uses various types of chemicals to "peel" away damaged layers of skin, and along with it, surface lines and wrinkles.

What It Does: Depending on the type of peel used, it can do anything from simply refreshing the skin (known as the "lunchtime peel," to, in the case of deeper peels, stimulate collagen production to firm skin, reduce wrinkling, improve skin texture, correct pigment problems, and reduce sun damage. All lead to a younger-looking complexion.

Skin Treatment Time: The "lunchtime peel" takes about 30 minutes; a medium peel 30 to 60 minutes, and a deep peel about two hours.

Down Time: Light peel -- no recovery or downtime; Medium peel -- four to seven day recovery; Deep peel -- two weeks healing time.

Cost: From several hundred dollars to more than a $1,000, depending on the procedure.

Lasting Effect: A light peel usually needs to be repeated for results to last several months; the results of a medium peel last about one year; a deep peel is permanent, though new wrinkles can form over time.

Doctor's Comment: "Most men tend to want the light chemical peel -- it does a very good job of rejuvenating the skin, softening the lines and making you look younger and more rested without any downtime to speak of. It's one of the most popular treatments among the men I treat," says Goldberg.

Skin Treatment 5: Laser/ Light Skin Rejuvenation

What It Is: A method of facial rejuvenation that uses either nonablative (noncutting) laser beams or other light-based devices to deliver short bursts of energy (called intense pulsed light) to the skin.

What It Does: Firms and tones skin by stimulating new collagen growth; improves texture and color; minimizes fine lines; gives skin a rested and refreshed look -- all without the use of any chemicals.

Skin Treatment Time: 15 to 30 minutes.

Downtime: Skin may be slightly red for about an hour after treatment.

Cost: $ 500 to $1,200 per treatment, depending on the size of treated area and your location. Generally, three to five sessions are required.

Lasting Effect: Several treatments are needed for maximum collagen production. Touch-up treatments are recommended every few months to keep collagen production stimulated.

Doctor's Comment: "Laser skin rejuvenation treatment is unlike any other skin resurfacing treatment because it uses no harsh chemicals and there is no intense aftercare required, so this really makes it an ideal procedure for men," says Goldberg.

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