12 Bizarre-Sounding Anti-Aging Treatments That Really Work

Many of us would do what we can to minimize aging. As odd as they may sound, these treatments are the ones dermatologists like best.

Vampire facial

Needle mesotherapy treatment on a woman face.Allexxandar/Shutterstock

This technique gained notoriety from the Keeping Up With the Kardashians episode in which Kim gets a new anti-aging treatment that leaves her face spotted with blood, the “vampire facial,” or platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment, utilizes the body’s own growth factors to regenerate tissue and promote collagen production. “During this procedure, blood is taken from the patient’s vein and placed in a specialized centrifuge,” describes plastic surgeon and RealSelf contributor, David Shafer, MD. “As the blood spins at a very fast speed, the components of the blood separate into serum, platelets, and red blood cells, and the PRP layer is isolated and used for various rejuvenating procedures.” While the PRP does not add volume, Dr. Shafer claims it can give local cells a healthy boost. Discover 6 more weird facials you never knew you could get.

Face Gym

Spa concept. Face massage. Young woman getting spa treatment, close upHSSphoto/Shutterstock

This anti-aging treatment might sound like something that would require work on the patient’s part—but it’s not like the gym for your body. Face Gym is a non-invasive muscle manipulation technique that is used to tone the muscles. All you do as the patient is lie down and relax as a technician uses combined skin rejuvenating techniques and products on your face. “While Face Gym is not a substitute for traditional facelift surgery or even dermal fillers to replace lost volume, it is a great maintenance program,” says Dr. Shafer. These science-approved facial exercises can make you look years younger.


Courtesy Dr. Forrest S. Roth, M.D.Courtesy Dr. Forrest S. Roth, M.D.

Micro-needling, the method of pricking the skin with small needles to generate new collagen and skin tissue for firmer, smoother skin, has been gaining popularity over the last several years. Morpheus8 is a similar technique, although it’s a bit more extreme than basic micro-needling. “Morpheus8 uses radiofrequency energy to carefully and directly apply full thickness through the skin to the underlying fat space to not only tighten the skin but also the three-dimensional structure underneath,” explains Spero J. Theodorou, MD, plastic surgeon in New York City. “The reason it is effective is the unique application of the energy and the reliance on the body itself to produce more collagen and elastin over time.” Read on for more benefits of micro-needling.

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