3 New Ways to Anti-Age

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We’ve heard for years that injectables could be the key to the Fountain of Youth, but today we couldn’t be closer to the truth. We’ve seen injectables evolve from collagen for the lips back in the 80s to Botox for wrinkles since 2002. Now we’ve got new technologies and approaches that have introduced a whole new spectrum of anti-aging possibilities. Check these out:

1. Subclinical Botox
This is just a fancy way of saying that we’re using Botox very discretely — not for the well-known clinical effect of muscle paralysis, but delivering so little that the effects are very natural and the skin looks amazing. For example, typically, you may need anywhere from 10 to 30 units of Botox each for forehead lines, the glabella (the "11s" between the eyebrows), and the crow’s feet every three months or so. With the subclinical approach, you may only need around five units of Botox in each area, every two months. Unfortunately, this is an approach reserved for those on the younger side of the aging spectrum — those who do not yet have any permanent lines or wrinkles. Another reason Botox is best started early.

2. Detailing with Dermal Fillers
Where dermal fillers once were used to fill in lines and wrinkles, today we’re using them to create facial definition. Whether you want the appearance of a stronger jawline, better chin contour, or high cheekbones, there are two things your doc needs to deliver results: dermal fillers and an artistic eye. My favorite filler: Voluma.

3. Youth in Blood
You can inject all the neurotoxins and dermal fillers you want to contour and refine the face, but if you neglect the skin, all your anti-aging efforts will fall short. There are tons of skin repairing and rejuvenating treatments out there today, but a new interest has reemerged in the age-fighting combination that provides what being hailed as “magical” skin results: microneedling plus PRP (platelet-rich plasma), otherwise known as the “Vampire Facial.” Sensationalism aside, here’s how these two work together: Microneedling involves using a device with tiny needles to puncture the skin or cause what we call “controlled injury.” The skin’s natural repair process stimulates collagen to improve skin quality. When you add PRP, your skin gets a boost during the repair process from the higher concentration of growth factors and stem cells. The result? Better texture, improved firmness, reduced appearance of scars and visible pores and the most incredible glow you’ll ever experience.

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Shrewsbury Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon