As you age, your skin’s levels of cellular regeneration start to slow down, and that’s when fine lines begin to appear. This usually begins around the age of 30. By age 40, your skin starts to lose fat, resulting in excess skin that can wrinkle or sag. These issues become more pronounced as you get older. In addition, collagen and elastin break down, so your skin gets thinner, which makes wrinkles more noticeable. Though you can’t completely reverse the effect of age, you can mitigate the effects of aging and help rejuvenate your skin.
Year after year, Botox remains the most requested cosmetic procedure in the United States. It works by blocking the signal from the nerves to the facial muscles, making the muscle unable to contract. This causes wrinkles to relax. Botox works well, on a temporary basis, for forehead lines, lines around the eyes, and frown lines. It typically last 3-4 months and is indicated only for the upper face.
Like Botox, dermal fillers can reduce the appearance of wrinkles in areas of the face. Voluma, for example, is a hyaluronic acid filler injected into the cheek area to rebuild and restore volume loss in the mid-face region. Juvederm XC, another hyaluronic acid filler, works well on the lower part of the face, tackling lines around the mouth, lips, and chin. Juvederm can also be used to augment the lips which often thin as we get older too.
There are many types of microdermabrasion devices on the market. Some still utilize the old technology of blasting the surface with crystals. Some use bristles, others water the list goes on and on. Whichever way you decide to go, the bottom line is, microderms are designed to exfoliate and remove the top layer of dry, dead skin cells on the epidermis.
Because suction is applied it also stimulates collagen and elastin production. By removing the top layer of skin it makes the wrinkle less deep and less visible. Microdermabrasion only works on small, superficial fine lines and should be done on-going along with some amazing skin care products.
Peels ranges in strength, based on your skin’s needs. That means there’s one for every skin type and condition. A chemical peel consists of a mixture of chemicals and/or botanicals which are applied to your skin. The chemical conversion that happens on the skin causes the outer layer to breakdown and slough off. Not all chemical peels make you peel, you can choose to do a superficial peel which doe work, but you will need to do these often in order to see a result. Chemical peels work especially well on wrinkles around the mouth and eyes. And as an added bonus, chemical peels help reduce age spots (pigmentation) and acne.
Laser Skin Resurfacing
Laser skin resurfacing service comes in two forms. The first is ablative, using micro-fractional carbon dioxide to make micro cuts in the surface of the skin, which causes healing and restructuring of the skin. The second type is non-ablative, which heats up the underlying skin tissue without harming the surface, so your body’s natural healing responses kick in.
It will begin to produce collagen and elastin which are the building blocks to skin tissue. Most ablative lasers should not be used on darker skin types, due to the possibility of potential hyperpigmentation and scarring. You also have some downtime with ablative laser procedures versus non-ablative there is minimal if any downtime. Laser procedures do a great job in helping the skin look younger and healthier as well as minimizing wrinkles.
If you’re worried about your wrinkles, you have options. While optimal maintenance (such as sport sunblock, a moisturizing routine, and healthy diet) is ideal, cosmetic skincare services can help reduce and soften the appearance of aging, and make you feel young again in the process. For more information on what treatment might be right for you, consult a doctor with experience in cosmetic procedures.