Top Dermatologist Recommended Products and Treatments for the Most Common Aging-Skin Concerns

Top Dermatologist Recommended Treatments for Aging-Skin Concerns

From Botox to laser treatments to at-home facial peels, experts discuss the best procedures or products for the most common aging skin issues.

While getting older is nothing short of a blessing, not everyone is ready for age to show up on their face — or body. And many aren't shy about addressing aging skin.

According to InStyle's Transformative Beauty study, which surveyed over 2,000 women across the U.S. about their attitudes about and experiences with cosmetic procedures, nine in 10 participants have had at least one facial treatment, and about one in two have gotten work done on their bodies, with injections like Botox being the most popular.

Most are motivated by the desire for a self-esteem boost, and according to participants — it's worth it. Several women shared that they felt more happy and confident post-treatment, with most adding that their results were so subtle, that others could barely pinpoint what they'd done.

But which features are people most commonly looking to treat?

Here, we spoke with a few trusted board-certified dermatologists and plastic surgeons to explore the most common aging concerns (as reported in our data), and the procedure or product they recommend when someone's ready to see results.

Dr. Sarmela Sunder

"For patients who are concerned about fine lines, I always tell them that no treatment is going to be as effective or dramatic as Botox Cosmetic."

— Dr. Sarmela Sunder


When it comes to body features, some users shared that they saw an increase of cellulite throughout their bodies as they got older. In decades past, this was something some would simply have to live with, but there's more than one treatment option if you want smoother-looking skin on your body.

Dermatologist Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi, who is also the founder of Capital Laser & Skin Care in Chevy Chase, Maryland, recommends Resonic as an in-office option to reduce the appearance of cellulite.

"A non-invasive, no downtime treatment that delivers results that last is a great advance over treatments we've had before," she shares with InStyle. "Resonic is the only FDA-cleared medical device that uses sound in a new and innovative breakthrough technology to non-invasively improve the appearance of cellulite in just one session."

According to Dr. Tanzi, in addition to no downtime, patients won't even need anesthesia or lidocaine before treatment.

Stretch Marks

Another option is Qwo, which is becoming increasingly popular in the world of cosmetic enhancements.

"Qwo is an injectable for cellulite that metabolizes the collagenous cords that hold aspects of adipocytes together," explains Dr. Rita Linkner. "In my clinical experience, this works exceedingly well in young women looking to target dimples on the buttocks and thighs."


Well, I bet you saw this one coming, didn't you?

Wrinkles are the tell-tale sign of aging and are among the most common complaints from women in our survey.

"For patients who are concerned about fine lines, I always tell them that no treatment is going to be as effective or dramatic as Botox Cosmetic," explains double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Sarmela Sunder. "Dynamic lines, lines which are caused by repetitive muscle movement, will only be treated adequately by treatments that limit muscle movement. Short of doing that, there will not be a true competitor to Botox."

The MD adds that while creams, devices, and various lasers can make a difference, they're only a bandaid solution.

"They are not addressing the root cause like Botox is," she continues. "Therefore, the results will never be as impressive or as long-lasting as targeting the muscle movement, which Botox does."

Loss of Elasticity

"My skin elasticity has suffered," said InStyle reader and Transformative Beauty study participant Jen, age 47, when asked what influenced her to try out cosmetic treatments. "I am getting saggier, wrinkles are becoming more noticeable. I am using creams and serums but I would like a little more help in fighting my facial skin aging."

If loss of elasticity is a concern for you as well, Dr. Linkner recommends Ultherapy to boost collagen production.

"Ultherapy is still the best way, in my opinion, to simulate type I collagen non-invasively," she explains. "Results need to be maintained every 18 to 24 months, but I can tell you from personal experience that this is the best way to anti-age deep layers of the skin."

Droopy Eyes

Some study participants shared that aging around the eyes was making them look tired. For this concern, Dr. Linkner recommends that patients see an oculoplastic surgeon for blepharoplasty, a surgery that removes excess skin and fat to give the eye a tighter appearance. However, if you're not ready for a super-invasive procedure, some office treatments can also be effective.

"Fractionated laser resurfacing, Fraxel, and Sofwave ultrasound technology deliver energy to the skin that triggers a powerful stimulation of new collagen production to tighten, firm, and lift skin," says Dr. Blair Murphy-Rose.

Hyperpigmentation and Sun Spots

Skin discoloration is a major concern for women of color, but anyone, regardless of skin tone, can experience hyperpigmentation and sun spots. Thankfully, there are many treatment options, and for most, you won't even need to leave the house.

"Exfoliate with a blend of AHA/BHA to promote faster skin turnover of dark spots," Dr. Adeline Kikam recommends. "For this, chemical peels such as the Dynamic Duo: Performance Peel AP25 from Exuviance are very effective. I like this one in particular because it combines 25% AHAs, glycolic acid, and mandelic acid along with gluconolactone and hydrating polyhydroxy acid (PHA), so it gets at that hyperpigmentation, but at the same time it's gentle on skin."

Top Dermatologist Recommended Products and Treatments for the Most Common Aging-Skin Concerns
A small box of Exuviance Performance Peel AP25 At-Home Facial Peel. courtesy

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The MD is also a fan of the brand's Pure Retinol Correcting Peel. "It can be used overnight to exfoliate and resurface skin tone for a more even complexion and is gentle, as well," she explains. "I like that these products are clinically tested to yield results."

Top Dermatologist Recommended Products and Treatments for the Most Common Aging-Skin Concerns
A small package of Exuviance Pure Retinol Correcting Facial Peel. courtesy

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Dr. Linkner, on the other hand, recommends Rodan + Fields Reverse Targeted Dark Spot Corrector.

Top Dermatologist Recommended Products and Treatments for the Most Common Aging-Skin Concerns
A small tube of Rodan and Fields Targeted Dark Spot Corrector. Courtesy

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"[It] has proprietary antioxidant technology that neutralizes discoloration during active sun exposure," she shares. "Clinical data showed exceedingly high efficacy rates with regards to targeting sunspots after just eight weeks of use. My favorite call-out ingredient is the licorice root extract, which can provide an amazing brightening effect."

There you have it — the final word on the single product or treatment for whichever skin concern chaps your hide (and one to fix that, too).

This is the Glow Up, an examination of the most popular cosmetic procedures and products today, using survey data straight from readers like you.

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