Best Tips for Rejuvenating Skin to Reverse Signs of Aging

I would LOVE to reduce the appearance of uneven skin tone and fine lines. Are there skin rejuvenating secrets or tips experts could share with me?


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Five tips for getting rid of uneven pigment and fine lines.

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1) sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen! You need to stop stimulating unwanted pigment and destroying collagen, reducing UV exposure is the way to go. 2) get some great skin care: antioxidants in the morning, retinoids at night and a good exfoliating cleanser will make a difference over time. 3) prescription strength hydroquinone is still the gold standard for reducing new pigment formation. 4) peels such as Vialize, done in your dermatologist's office strip off old pigment and soften lines 5) finally laser resurfacing such as Fraxel or Active Fx,make a huge impact on brown spots and lines and wrinkles.

Paradise Valley Dermatologic Surgeon
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Protection and prevention is the first step to improving the skin.

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If you are looking only for at-home treatments, the first stop is the sun care aisle. Everyday apply sunscreen, even in winter! Next is find a good skin care line. Depending upon your skin type, I recommend a variety of lines including Obagi Nuderm and Obagi CRx, Epionce, SkinCeuticals and Retin A.

You really need to speak to a qualified skin care consultant/aesthetician or your physician for the best recommendation. But remember, topicals will offer limited results for wrinkles, etc.

Peter Schmid, DO, FAACS
Longmont Facial Plastic Surgeon

Skin rejuvenation starts with sun protection and consultation with board-certified dermatologist

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Daily sun protection must be part of your skin rejuvenation strategy. Consult with your local reputable cosmetic board-certified dermatologist who can review a variety of options include prescription strength tretinoin, Vitamin C serum and other cosmoceuticals as well as minimally invasive procedures such as Botox or Dysport for dynamic lines on upper 1/2 of face and fillers for more static lines on nasolabial folds etc. Fractional CO2 laser can get you quicker gratification aesthetically and also medically as your risk of skin cancer may be minimized in the areas treated.

William Ting, MD
Bay Area Dermatologic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 14 reviews

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Look for a diversity of options, and a depth of experience

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As you pointed out there are a lot of aspects to skin rejuvenation. No two people would necessarily benefit from the identical treatment. Be sure your center offers a diversity of options - and not a "one size fits all" approach. Treatments range from microdermabrasion, and chemical peels on the mild side, to injections of botox and fillers, and various laser treatments up to Fractional C02.

Beyond this, even surgical options - laser liposuctions, and lifts are possible. Specific goals, costs, and downtime are all factors. Make sure your physician is experienced and comfortable working with the face ... as facial skin - aside from being highly visible, has subtle unique properties. Hope this helps.

Christopher J. Peers, MD
South Bend Facial Plastic Surgeon

Fractionated CO2 Laser Treatment

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Unfortunately, reversing the signs of aging cannot be accomplished by skin care products alone. An excellent treatment that could potentially jump start the process for you is Fractionated CO2 skin resurfacing (I currently use the Lutronic eCO2 laser in my practice). This treatment can be used at relatively mild settings (meaning minimal downtime) to address dyschromias (brown spots) and fine lines; this process can be repeated on several occasions with treatment intervals of about 1 month to 6 weeks. Once your skin has been refreshed, introduction to a great skin care line (we use SkinMedica) and general health (good hydration) and lifestyle modifications (solar protection) should help to maintain your healthy glow.

Stephen Prendiville, MD
Fort Myers Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 103 reviews

Best options for skin rejuvenation

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     The science of medical skin care has evolved significantly and there are effective and research proven products and treatments that can reduce the signs of aging and restore healthy and youthful appearing skin.
Because of the overwhelming  number of options in products and service providers as well as the confusing and often misleading amount of marketing and advertising, it is very difficult for the average consumer to know what the most effective and safe options are in skin rejuvenation.

    I think the first step would be to find a trusted and reputable, board certified physician with a proven interest and experience in medical skin care.  Our approach involves the fundamentals of a thorough history and evaluation, establishing goals, and then developing a personalized and comprehensive plan based on a continuum of daily skin care, prevention, therapeutic options as needed, and a maintenance plan. These are the principles of  ZO Skin Health as developed by Dr Zein Obagi and we have found them to be extremely effective in restoring and maximizing youthful, healthy skin.  Additional aesthetic treatments such as chemical peels, laser and light therapy, injectable fillers and micro needling can then be added to achieve even more satisfying and long lasting, natural appearing outcomes in reducing the signs of aging and also lowering skin cancer risk.

Keep it simple

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There are many ways to address skin rejuvenation and combinations work well, but technologies with a verifiable track record are relatively few. I stick with chemical peels for light to medium strength applications and reserve heavy laser treatments for the higher end.

Not all technologies sold as lasers are very effective and pricing varies substantially. I would say shop around a bit before doing anything.

Best Regards.

John P. Di Saia, MD
Orange Plastic Surgeon

Facial Rejuvenation Tips

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There are several procedures we perform (and many that we do not) that can help reverse the signs of aging. Below are a few of our favorites.

  • Hands down, the best option for sun damage, freckles and any other sort of uneven brown skin tone related to sun exposure is q-switched lasers. We use the Hoya Conbio Medlite C6 and the Palomar Q-Yag V to remove all types of sun damage quickly and permanently.
  • For wrinkles, there are many laser resurfacing options, including Full CO2, fractional resurfacing and Erbium resurfacing. All can help with wrinkles but the extent of your wrinkles, the price and your ability to take time off to heal will determine which choice is the right one for you.
  • Injection procedures like Botox, Restylane and Juvederm are a great way to "mask" signs of aging. While it's more difficult to get the aging process to go in reverse with these products, they are an excellent way to look and feel younger.

Do your research and go to several consultations with qualified practitioners. Good luck!

Harold J. Kaplan, MD
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
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No down-time lasers in combo with good skin care and facials

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Yes, you can easily reverse the signs of aging. Be sure are getting top of the line treatments using only a Board Certified Physician, as well as Certified Laser Technicians and Estheticians under the guidance of a physician. Cutera's Laser Genesis, mild chemical peels, medical facials, and prescription-strength skin care with daily sunscreen are among the many treatments done to improve the look of your skin.

William J. Hedden, MD
Birmingham Plastic Surgeon
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You should have a good relationship with a facial...

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You should have a good relationship with a facial specialist. Find a good board certified Facial Plastic Surgeon or Dermatologist who can guide you to the best care for your face. They will direct you to the best skin care and the best sunblock for your face. You can also be directed to a steady regimen of Botox to relax dynamic (worry) lines and fillers to reduce aging.

Steven J. Pearlman, MD
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 141 reviews

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