Women are trying to put off plastic surgery as long as possible. And with the  growing area of noninvasive aesthetic medicine, this means treatments that take years off women’s faces through resurfacing and ultrasound waves. Not everything works for everyone, so talk to your doctor before taking the (expensive) plunge into lasers and ultrasound. Plus, if you go with a board certified cosmetic surgeon, the chance of side effects is reduced.

Fractional CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing

This is the gold standard in lasers, according to most WebMD.com. CO2 fractional laser therapy, a skin-resurfacing treatment, combines the mechanism of a traditional carbon dioxide laser with a new application technique and offers powerful results without downtime and complications. It uses energy light beams to make tiny holes in the skin—which fast-tracks the body’s natural collagen production—but it also prevents damage to the top layer of skin, reducing recovery time and increasing effectiveness. With downtime lasting less than a week after a one or two sessions, the skin resurfacing results last up to eight to 10 years. Side effects include redness and swelling that lasts about two days.

Ultherapy

This is one of the newest noninvasive treatments that utilizes the power of ultrasound to transform the skin on brow, chin, neck and chest. It relies on ultrasound therapy to stimulate collagen production, and also incorporates traditional ultrasound imaging to allow doctors to see the layers of tissue they are treating. A little redness is all you’ll see post-treatment, with results appearing over time and lasting up to two years.

Fraxel

Fraxel is another laser technology that reduces crow’s feet, brow lines, surface scarring, and sun damage. Its light energy stimulates the skin’s natural collagen to rejuvenate skin cells below the surface to help smooth the creases and divots that cause wrinkles and scars. Since Fraxel only treats targeted problem areas, the results are focused and effective. It also provides a wide array of treatment options, with each treatment customized to each patient’s specific concerns. Depending on level of treatment, downtime (and length of time results last) may range.