Article by Lisa Benest, MD
Who among us doesn’t want to cheat the aging process and look younger than our years? Who doesn’t love being told how young they look, or what beautiful skin they have? Who wouldn’t want to look “forever young?”
“Forever young” skin starts with Prevention. A few simple practices and a regular at-home skin care regimen are vital for maintaining a younger, healthy appearance. Plenty of water for hydration, sun protection, gentle cleansing, a healthy diet, vitamins, exercise and avoiding stress all contribute youthful skin.
But even with a prevention routine in place, wrinkles, lines, facial sagging and sun damage can occur and add years to your appearance. This is when you should consider the wide range of non-surgical procedures available through your Dermatologist. These treatments include injectible fillers, chemical peels, antioxidant brightening and lightening peels and cosmetic lasers.
Your dermatologist uses two types of injectibles – relaxers and fillers. Relaxers, such as Botox® and Dysport, lessen muscle reactions so that the overlying skin becomes smoother. Injectible fillers, such as collagen, Restylane®, Juvéderm®, Perlane and Radiesse restore lost volume by plumping up wrinkles and firming sagging spots.
Chemical peels enhance your skin’s appearance by reducing blotchy and uneven pigmentation and fine lines and renewing sun-damaged cells. Antioxidant brightening and lightening peels fade stubborn dark patches and restore the skin’s natural smoothness using vitamins C & E, Green Tea Extract and other natural ingredients.
Cosmetic lasers are the latest developments in advanced skin care. Lasers treat wrinkles by tightening skin tissue, prompting the production of collagen and elastin, and removing sun damage by breaking up pigment. Active FX and Total Fx are fractional lasers for aged or sun-damaged skin. The Active FX/Total FX Laser Treatment reduces wrinkles and fine lines, softens deeper frown lines, noticeably improves skin tone and texture, stimulates new collagen formation and plumps the skin.
Lasers can also be used to reverse the effects of photoaging. Sun damage makes us look older than we are. Surface skin can be rejuvenated to get rid of sun-damaged cells and stimulate the body to make new, healthy skin cells. Many dermatologists now recommend laser or light source treatments, such as Photo-Rejuvenation or Active FX/Total FX. Photo-rejuvenation uses the IPL (intense pulsed light) laser to restore a natural youthful beauty to skin with no “downtime,” and stimulates the growth of collagen and elastin, which gives the skin a much more youthful texture.
Yes, you can look “forever young.” Talk to your dermatologist about how you can fight the aging process.