Advancements in Non-Surgical Facial Rejuvenation

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Facial rejuvenation is a cosmetic treatment or series of treatments which can restore a more youthful appearance to the human face. This can be achieved through surgical and/or non-surgical options. Procedures can vary in terms of invasiveness and depth of treatment. Demand for minimally invasive non-surgical procedures for facial rejuvenation and restoring the youthful face is increasing among men and women on an annual basis.

Facial rejuvenation treatments once thought to be for middle aged women only is now crossing ages and gender barriers. A significant upward trend in the number of facial rejuvenation procedures is predicted and could be due to several factors. Younger patients are focusing on the prevention of signs of aging. There is an emphasis on the image of youthfulness by the mass media and fashion industry. With increased competition in the workforce, employees seek a more youthful appearance because they believe that it affects their chances for employment and future job advancement. Increasing numbers of mature people are enjoying good health and financial affluence. As the costs of surgery and other cosmetic procedures decrease, they are more affordable to many. In-office procedures are readily available to easily correct fine lines, wrinkles, aging and volume loss. Most importantly, safe and satisfying results can be achieved with non-invasive procedures.

While surgical procedures are still preferred in order to achieve a more dramatic improvement, the current trend is towards less invasive procedures such as injectables (neurotoxins including Botox® and Xeomin® and dermal fillers such as Restylane®, Juvederm®, Esthelis®, Belotero®, Emervel®, and Radiesse®), advanced laser treatments and controlled depth chemical peels. While these treatments achieve temporary results, they are preferred due to their lower cost and shorter recovery period.

The goals of our patients are to enhance natural features but not to make them look “overdone”; patients between 18 and 35 years of age want to improve their natural appearance and prevent signs of aging. Patients between 35 and 55 years of age want to rejuvenate their youth and to look as good as they feel. Patients above 55 years of age generally want to restore their facial features and to look better than their peers.
The best treatment for skin rejuvenation depends upon an individual’s skin type, age, ethnicity, sun exposure, and overall health. At DermDocs.ca, we support a healthy lifestyle: a diet high in fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes and fish; eight to ten hours of sleep nightly; limiting alcohol intake other than the occasional glass of red wine; and regular exercise. An important step for all skin types is sun protection including the use of daily sunscreen, sun hats and sunglasses, all of which help prevent aging and sunburns.

When it comes to rejuvenating treatments, a combination of treatments are available including cosmeceuticals (skin care products including ZO® Skin Health or ZO® Medical, Skinceuticals® or Glo-Minerals®), neurotoxins (Botox®, Xeomin®), dermal fillers (Restylane®, Juvederm®, Esthelis®, Belotero®, Emervel®, Radiesse®), and skin resurfacing procedures (advanced laser resurfacing or OBAGI® controlled depth chemical peel).

 The “New Vision of Beauty” among 90% of men and women is to look as natural as possible. No matter how great today’s options are, nothing stops the aging process. The face is constantly changing and a result that might look good today may require future treatments. Our goal is to look the best we can and enhance our natural appearance using what is available in the marketplace.

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Calgary Dermatologist