The Best Non-Surgical Anti-Aging Treatments of 2023


Changes in the skin are one of the most apparent signs of aging. As you grow older, the dermis and epidermis thin out, while the subcutaneous layer below the dermis loses its fat content. The results are reduced skin elasticity and thinner, paler, and dry skin. 

These, combined with exposure to weather elements and bad habits, can take a considerable toll on your skin’s appearance. Luckily, there is always time to do something about improving your aging skin. The market is flooded with different cosmetic treatments to counter the effects of aging on the skin. 

Global Newswire predicts that the anti-aging market will be worth around $119.6 Billion by 2030. But even as more people embrace the need to give extra care to their skin for a youthful look, more needs to be known about anti-aging treatments. This article highlights some of the best non-surgical anti-aging skin therapies.

Skin Treatments

Chemical Peels 

Chemical peels are mainly used on the face, neck, and hands and work by exfoliating the outer layer of the skin. It is a non-invasive and promising anti-aging treatment justified by its ability to accelerate collagen synthesis, leading to improved signs of aging almost immediately. Exfoliating the outer layer of the skin prompts the skin to regenerate, resulting in a smoother, less wrinkled, and more even skin tone. 

Chemical peels are great for people with mild scars, age spots, dull skin texture, or wrinkles around the eyes and mouth. They come in varying intensities that range from superficial to medium to deep, and the process may require a series of treatments scheduled a few weeks apart. The type of peel used and the number of treatments needed will depend on the state of your skin and the desired results.

Wave Plastic Surgery’s chemical peel, Cure Peel, features a combination of Salicylic Acid and Trichloroacetic Acid and an original blend of essential nutrients and moisturizers that make it safe, painless, and suitable for all skin types. The treatment causes no downtime. All minimal side effects, like redness and itching, fade away within a day or two after the treatment.

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Pricking the skin with super-tiny needles may make some skeptical about this procedure, but micro-needling is an effective non-invasive anti-aging treatment. The procedure helps treat scars, enlarged pores, wrinkles, and stretch marks. Despite its approach, micro-needling is not painful and has minimal side effects. In a professional setting, a topical anesthetic cream will be applied before making microscopic punctures to the skin to stimulate it to repair itself naturally through a process known as dermal remodeling. 

The micro-injuries caused by the needle punctures trigger the skin to increase collagen and elastin production in the affected area, making the skin look and act younger. Wave uses the ICURED Microneedle treatment to help bring back the glow and softness of the youth to patients struggling with aging skin. The ICURED Microneedle therapy is slightly different since small doses of fractionated protein complex obtained from sheep’s placenta are injected into the skin’s dermal layer in addition to puncturing the skin. 

You can add platelet growth factors (PGF) to the standard sheep placenta extract for more powerful results. The growth factors are selected from plasma-rich protein (PRP) extracted from a small sample of your blood. There is also an alternative treatment called Morpheus 8 that combines radio frequency energy and microneedling. 

MICRONEEDLING before and after

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Neuromodulators paralyze the muscles to prevent the skin from creasing and developing wrinkles. There are different types of neuromodulators, and when injected into the skin, they cause the muscle underneath to relax and gradually smooth out the appearance of the overlying skin. The reasoning behind this treatment is that, over time, intense muscle contractions cause wrinkles to appear. The neuromodulator alters the strength of neuronal signal transmission, making it a great muscle relaxer that reduces age-related signs like wrinkles and crow’s feet.

Wave Plastic Surgery offers different types of neuromodulators which include Botox and Dysport. Botulinum toxin is the most popular anti-aging neuromodulator treatment commonly referred to by the brand names Botox and Dysport. The FDA and Health Canada approve it as a temporary treatment for frown lines and wrinkles in adults. Botox injections are safe on mild to severe age lines, provided a certified professional performs the procedure.

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Dermal Fillers 

Injectables or anti-aging injections are a broad definition of cosmetic procedures that treat the skin for signs of aging through injections. Dermal filler is the most popular injectable anti-aging treatment where filler materials are injected under the skin to fill folds such as a ‘smile or laugh line,’ create fuller lips and pad out hollow cheeks and eyes. This is more straightforward and minimally invasive than a surgical skin tightening or lift.

Collagen was the standard substance used in dermal fillers, but today hyaluronic acid is also used under brand names such as Restylane and Juvederm. Synthetic fillers like Radiesse can also be used to stimulate the same benefits.

  • JUVÉDERM® is a high-quality derma filler with five different products to meet different needs. It is the only hyaluronic acid dermal filler formulated under the proprietary HylacrossTM technology. The process results in a malleable and easily absorbable gel for a natural look and feel. 
  • Restylane®, on the other hand, is formulated to mimic hyaluronic acid naturally present in the body leading to improved skin volume that smoothens wrinkles and folds.

Getting dermal fillers is relatively painless, and the side effects generally last for 1 to 2 weeks. Common side effects include swelling, tenderness, and redness. Ensure that the fillers are obtained from a reputable source and administered correctly by a professional to avoid any severe complications like lumps, over-filled areas, ridges, skin discoloration, and allergic reactions.


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Non-Surgical Skin Lift

Ultherapy is the best anti-aging treatment for anyone that wishes to get a facelift but dreads undergoing invasive surgery. It uses ultrasound technology to stimulate collagen production and boost a youthful appearance. The treatment can treat sagging skin and wrinkles on the face, neck, chest, and around the eyebrows area.

Ultherapy by Wave focuses ultrasound energy beneath the targeted areas to stimulate collagen regeneration. The ultrasonic waves have a warming effect which, when directed to the muscle, skin, and superficial wrinkles, causes the site to produce more collagen and elastin tissue. This procedure tightens the skin, resulting in firmer skin and fewer wrinkles.


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All these anti-aging skin treatments can make significant improvements to aging skin, including fine lines and wrinkles. However, the results do not last, and you may need repeated treatments to keep your skin youthful. Surgery anti-aging treatments often have longer-lasting results, although the recovery and downtime take longer. However, surgery today has dramatically evolved, and what was once considered a complex procedure can be achieved in a shorter, precise manner and with mild side effects. 

Wave Plastic Surgery offers the Wave Lift treatment with results lasting up to 5 years and an endoscopic-assisted facelift treatment known as Endoscopic Facelift. The endoscopic-assisted facelift is gentler than traditional facelift surgery, with less downtime and a quicker recovery. We also offer minimally invasive surgical procedures, like our signature mini face lift. Schedule a consultation today to find out which anti-aging procedure will work best to get you happier in your skin.

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Peter Lee

Peter Lee

Dr. Peter Lee, MD, FACS, Founder, CEO and Chief Surgeon of WAVE Plastic Surgery Center and Advanced Endotine Bioskills surgeon educator and trainer, is a top Los Angeles board-certified Plastic, Reconstructive, and Cosmetic Surgeon. Dr. Peter Lee is a board-certified Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Drawing patients from around the world, he is both an innovator and thought leader who has advanced the discipline of plastic surgery through his lifelong commitment to excellence and education. In addition to being bilingual in English and Korean, Dr. Lee has mentored and trained master surgeons in South Korea, China and other Asian countries in state-of-the-art techniques and scientific advancements in the field.

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With a wide range of breast, body, and face procedures, our goal at Wave Plastic Surgery is to allow for all of our patients to achieve their ideal appearance, no matter their age or ethnicity. Our doctors all have extensive experience working with patients of all different backgrounds and have developed expertise in Asian plastic surgery procedures such as eyelid and nose surgery. We work with all sorts of men and women—both local to the Los Angeles area and from far out of town—to help find the right procedure to help them reach their goals.

Wave Plastic Surgery offers an inclusive menu of non-surgical treatment options that will cover all types of anti-aging and skin concerns from wrinkles, sagging skin, hair loss, women’s health, poor skin texture, large pores, skin discoloration, Rosacea, acne, scars, volume loss, and aging hands, neck and chest.