It’s a fact: everyone ages. While getting older can’t be avoided, it is certainly possible to avoid looking older. There are a number of different skin care treatments that can be done to reduce the look of fine lines or wrinkles, remove dark spots and tackle the other signs of aging.
Want to look like your younger self when you gaze into a mirror? Call Dr. Price to see if any of the dermatology treatments below will work for you!
Alpha hydroxy and Beta hydroxy acids:
There are two forms of Alpha Hydroxy and Beta Hydroxy acids, and each takes care of a different problem.
Salicylic acid is a skin care treatment that is great for acne sufferers, as it helps to eliminate both whiteheads and blackheads, cleanses the skin and removes impurities on the surface of your skin through exfoliation.
Glycolic acid, on the other hand, helps to stimulate the production of new skin cells, and also removes dead skin cells through exfoliation.
Antioxidants are age-fighting vitamins and compounds that naturally occur in many foods. Dark chocolate, certain types of berries and other items all contain antioxidant properties. However, antioxidant compounds are used in some topical skin care creams as well.
Sunscreen and sunblock are very important, as they can help protect you from skin cancer and the aging rays of the sun. Some sunscreens and sunblocks also contain antioxidants, helping you fight the aging process at the same time.
Retinol is a powerful antioxidant that is made up primarily of Vitamin A. The best Retinol creams are available by prescription via a dermatologist or medical doctor, although there are some less-concentrated ones that can be bought over the counter. A skin care cream with Retinol in it will reduce the look of fine lines, improve the overall texture of your skin, help fight acne, and give you a clearer complexion. Yes, Retinol fights aging and acne at the same time!
Vitamin C is another great antioxidant. Eating a healthy diet full of fresh fruits and vegetables will help you up your Vitamin C intake, although some topical skin care creams are available with this compound in them. These will stimulate collagen growth and fight the free radicals that cause aging skin.
Microdermabrasion is a skin care treatment in which microscopic crystals are quickly pressed against your skin and then vacuumed back up. This dermatology procedure leave you with a more even skin tone, smoother skin, an overall improvement in any facial scarring – especially those caused by acne, and fewer fine lines. However, in order to receive the best results, you will have undergo a series of microdermabrasion treatments; two per month is the recommended amount.
A chemical peel is a skin care treatment in which a dermatologist or trained medical doctor uses a special chemical compound to remove several of the outer layers of skin. The TCA peel goes deeper than others, and in doing so, stimulates collagen production and erases age spots and fine lines. Immediately after undergoing a TCA peel, your skin will be very white before it turns a deep brownish red color. After this stage of the healing process, your skin will begin to peel. Around a week later, your facial skin will look radiant and healthy as the new, fresh outer layer of skin appears. It is recommended that you have one to two of these skin care treatments per year to fight the signs of aging.
Soft Tissue Fillers
Collagen injections can do many things. This anti-aging skin care treatment can improve acne scars, smooth out facial lines, erase and diminish wrinkles – including vertical lip lines, and can plump up your lips. Collagen works well because it is a compound that is naturally found in your body. Its cellular structure exists beneath the outer layer of skin and is what makes young skin look so firm and smooth. Over time, collagen breaks down, which starts the aging process, as your skin begins to sag and wrinkle. By having a dermatologist or medical doctor replace the collagen in your facial skin, you’ll begin to look younger. However, before you can receive this treatment, a test must be completed to ensure that you won’t have any kind of reaction to the replacement collagen.
BOTOX® can do many things. Its best known use is to eliminate the frown lines (known as 11s or glabellar lines, in dermatology terms). However, BOTOX® can also lift your brows (known as BOTOX® Facelift), improve the lines around your mouth, lessen your crow’s feet (the lines on the outside of your eyes), improve the lines on your neck, and treat excessive sweating in places like your armpits, feet and hands.
In the past, the only way to improve facial wrinkles and lines was by surgically intervention. In a traditional facelift, the muscles are cut and the skin is tightened at the temples or in front of the ears. This required quite a bit of downtime and recovery. However, dermatologists have discovered that BOTOX® does many things besides eliminating the frown lines between your eyebrows; it can be used to improve other facial signs of aging as well.
When injected properly by a trained dermatologist or medical doctor, BOTOX® is safe. Because only specific muscles are targeted, your face will not be paralyzed, and you can still make facial expressions. On top of this, you will not look like you’ve had “work done.” You’ll just look like a younger version of yourself!
Once you meet with Dr. Price to go over the way that you’d like to look, he will suggest the best course of this skin care treatment for your needs. If you want to take years off of your look, BOTOX® can be injected into the muscles on your forehead, causing them to lift up your eyes, making them appear wider and more open.
The downside to BOTOX® is that the results are temporary. Depending on where the treatments are located, it can last anywhere from four to six months. If used to treat excessive sweating, the results will last around six months; less if the treatments are done to combat facial lines and wrinkles.
Some of the minor side effects of BOTOX® are bruising, bleeding, swelling and tenderness where the injections have taken place. Other problems include some minor muscle weakness, especially if it has been used to combat excessive sweating. However, these problems are temporary and usually go away within a week.
Dermatological lasers can repair damaged blood vessels, improve skin tissue by cutting, sealing or vaporizing it, and can dramatically improve the texture of your skin.
These lasers produce a very intense beam of light that when operated by a dermatologist or trained medical doctor can remove sun damage and reverse the effects of aging in your skin. In short, laser treatments can make you look younger and better.
Some of the many things that laser treatments can do are:
Remove liver spots, brown marks and sun spots from your skin
Improve your skin’s texture
Treat broken blood vessels (in dermatological terms: telangiectasia)
Rejuvenate your skin’s appearance
Shrink enlarged pores
The new forms of laser treatments are designed to reach deep down into your skin to target the specific problems that plague you. This means that they leave the outer layers of your skin intact so that you won’t have to interrupt your daily life – you’ll be able to go right back to work or continue running errands afterwards. For the best results, you may have to undergo up to five laser treatments that are spread out over a specific period of time.