Today we’re gonna cover the seven best skin care products worth the price and two of the worst.
If you’ve ever wondered what’s worth the money, what isn’t worth your money, today we’re gonna go over what are the best bangs and one of the worst.
We’re gonna count them down from number seven to number one and these are in order.
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Skin Care Products Worth The Price
If you haven’t heard of micro-needling, it is a fairly popular treatment. In this treatment, tiny little needles are used, it’s typically an automated system, where we make these tiny little needle pokes throughout the skin.
You can literally do this hundreds of times with an automatic device. You do it typically in a doctor’s office or a med spa.
The key to this procedure and effectiveness of it is the depth of those needle punctures. You may have seen products that you can buy online that are little rollers that have tiny needles in them. The problem with those is that the needles don’t penetrate deep enough to get too much of an improvement.
That’s why I do recommend if you’re gonna do micro needling, do it in a doctor’s office where they can actually go a bit deeper with those punctures.
The second key to this is applying a growth factor on top of the skin. Those tiny little needle punctures, whether they go a millimeter or two millimeters into the skin, will create these tiny channels that are open for a very short period of time, usually just a couple of hours, and that allows for a growth factor that you put on the surface of the skin to penetrate and go deeper in the skin to get a better result.
Some people even do this with growth factors that are derived from your own blood. It’s called PRP – platelet rich plasma. You can actually draw a person’s blood, spin it down, remove the platelets and you can apply that over the surface of the skin. Those growth factors in those platelets can help to rejuvenate the skin.
Why this is worth the price?
Because typically microneedling is not a really expensive treatment. The actual microneedling device costs a doctor less than seven to ten thousand dollars to purchase. Sometimes quite a bit less than that. Because it’s not that expensive to buy the equipment, the treatments aren’t too expensive as well.
Microneedling can help to tighten up the skin, it can help to improve fine lines, it can even help if it’s aggressive to remove some minor acne scarring and wrinkles.
6. Upper Blepharoplasty
This is an upper eyelid lift. For those people who have excess skin in the upper eyelids, we can surgically remove that skin and really improve the appearance as well as for some people actually improve their vision.
If you’ve got so much skin hanging that you can’t see very well, your health insurance may even cover this. Why this is such a good bang for the buck?
Because it’s a very simple and easy procedure to have done. It takes anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour. Most patients don’t take any pain pills. You may have a little bit of bruising afterwards but usually it’s a very easy recovery.
Because the surgery isn’t that long, it’s usually not nearly as expensive as, let’s say, an endoscopic brow lift or a face lift.
5. Chemical Peels
Chemical peels are worth the money because of the same idea behind microneedling. Chemical peel products are not very expensive for a doctor to purchase and because of that the cost of, let’s say, taking out a lease on an expensive laser, those costs are not passed off on to you.
Depending on who you go to, you could get a pretty good chemical peel anywhere from five hundred to a thousand dollars for an intense type of a treatment.
The same type of results may cost a couple thousand dollars if you’re having this done by a laser. A chemical peel may cost a doctor literally dollars, whereas for a doctor to buy or pay for a lease on a laser, each treatment can cost that doctor several hundreds of dollars and you know that those costs are passed off on to you.
So if you’re looking for a more aggressive way to rejuvenate your skin, to get a deep exfoliation, to improve fine lines, improve age spots, tighten up the skin, then a chemical peel is a great bang for the buck.
4. Submental Liposuction
This is liposuction of the double chin. A lot of people suffer from a little extra fat below the chin. If your skin is pretty good, then you can easily do a liposuction procedure. It’s typically one little incision, it heals so you can almost never really see it. And that fat can be sucked out in as little as twenty or thirty minutes.
Typically people wear a little bit of a dressing for a couple of days. If you do it on a Thursday or Friday, you are good to go back to work by that following Monday. If you got a little bit of bruising, put a little bit of makeup over the neck and you should be fine.
The reason why this is worth buying is because unlike injectable treatments that melt the fat, you do one treatment and you’re done. It is fairly short procedure, the downtime is very minimal, you usually don’t take any pain pills. And because it’s a short operation, not that expensive.
3. Tretinoin or Retin-A
My favorite anti-aging ingredient for anti-aging creams is tretinoin. The prescription strength version of a vitamin A or a retinoid. The common name or the trade name is called Retin-A.
The reason why this is such a good bang for your buck is unlike super expensive creams that you can buy at expensive department stores, you can actually get a prescription for this from your doctor and your health insurance will cover it, if you’ve got acne issues.
However even if you just pay for it at a doctor’s office, it’s usually not more than $75 to $100 for essentially what is the best anti-aging cream available today.
You can spend $400 at a department store on an expensive anti-aging cream that literally is just moisturizer and maybe an antioxidant or you can spend $100 or less from a doctor’s office to get prescription strength tretinoin.
This is something that you want to apply very slowly because it is very strong and you can get a reaction to it.
If you do get started on it, I usually recommend starting at a lower dose 0.025 percent or 0.05 percent and start just a couple of times a week at the most. And then as you tolerate it after a few weeks, increase the frequency that you’re using the tretinoin up to every night.
If you’ve got real sensitive skin, if you’ve got real thin and dry skin, this may not be a good option for you. You may want to go with something different. But if you do have oily skin, if you’ve got thicker skin, if you’ve got normal and combination skin, most people do well with the tretinoin as long as you start slow.
2. Intense Pulsed Light or IPL
Another name for this is the photo facial. If you’ve got dark spots on the face, IPL is a great bang for your buck. The reason why this is so good is because in just a span of a couple of treatments, it can get rid of most, if not all of those dark spots.
If you’ve got age spots sun spots liver spots freckles all those are basically different names for the same thing. It’s pigment that is fairly superficial that we get as we get older and then we get from sun damage.
The great thing about IPL is that it will actually zap that pigment and it will turn some of those dark spots even darker and usually within a week or two they actually will slough off and fall off.
Most people do necessitate a few treatments of the IPL for best results. The good thing about IPL is that there’s no downtime with it, it typically really doesn’t hurt at all and you can see results after one treatment.
Because it’s not a super aggressive laser, usually it’s nurses and aestheticians that perform this treatment and you can have it done for relatively inexpensive.
Dysport is the number one best skin care product worthe the price.
If you’ve never heard of Dysport, it is basically simmilar to Botox. It is from a different company.
Botox is the most popular cosmetic treatment in the country and probably the world. It is by far the most common and popular cosmic treatment in my office. However it is not the best bang for your buck because Dysport works almost exactly the same as Botox but it’s cheaper.
Dysport is a type of botulinum toxin, very similar to Botox and it works the same but it is a little bit cheaper.
It’s made by the same company that makes Restylane, so it’s a very reputable company. It’s just the name, Dysport doesn’t have quite the ring of Botox.
If you’re thinking about having Botox treatments and you want to save a little bit of money, then you can try Dysport and in general, get very similar, if not the same result.
That’s my number one number. The best bang for your buck is Dysport if you want to look younger.
Treatments Not Worth The Money
Here are my three worst cosmetic bangs for your bucks.
If you want to avoid some procedures, if you’ve got a certain amount of money budgeted out for cosmetic procedures to look younger, these are the three things that I would exercise caution on.
I’m not saying that these things don’t work. These are things that just aren’t worth the price.
2. Acne Scar Treatments
There are a lot of people who develop acne scarring in their teenage years.
Acne scarring is a very difficult thing to treat and the best treatments may improve acne scarring at the most 30 to 40 percent. These are the most aggressive treatments like the old style ablative laser treatments.
Because of that, acne scar treatments typically aren’t a great bang for your buck because, at best, you get a fairly modest return on your investment and unfortunately there’s no way to just eliminate acne scars. It’s disappointing but unfortunately true.
If you’re gonna get treatments on your acne scars, keep in mind that typically the improvement is fairly modest and usually not worth the price.
1. PRP – Platelet Rich Plasma to Fill The Face
This is different than what I talked in number 7. Microneedling with PRP can be helpful but this is actually injecting PRP into the face to fill in lies.
The idea is that if you draw blood and you spin it down and you remove the platelets, those platelets are filled with growth factors and if you inject that into the face, the idea is that it can help fill the face out like a filler.
The problem with it is that the results are modest. You don’t see a whole lot of filling. Because of that, it is not worth the money.
You could spend a good amount of money without seeing a whole lot of changes with it. The good thing about injecting PRP is it’s your own tissue. People who don’t like injectable fillers because it’s a foreign substance, instead of injecting PRP then go with fat. That’s gonna be much more long-lasting and you’re gonna get a much more prominent and permanent result if you use fat. Don’t really spend the money on PRP to inject into the face.
Rebecca is a licensed aesthetician and certified laser technician with almost 15 years experience in the dermatology. Her life-long passion is making people look good and happy.