Everyone will eventually develop deep wrinkles and fine lines on the face; there’s no stopping it! Luckily, we offer an array of Cosmetic Surgery treatments to help slow down the aging clock and keep you looking younger, longer. There is no better time than now to throw away those “age-rewinding” products and welcome these five easy ways to rejuvenate your skin and receive the youthful look you’ve been searching for!
Causes of Aging Skin
The skin serves as a visual for the summary of your lifestyle and your health habits, while playing a major role in protecting you from harmful bacteria and in maintaining a normal body temperature. People tend to forget how important the skin is and what it does for us.
There are two types of aging:
1. Intrinsic (internal) aging
2. Extrinsic (external) aging
Intrinsic aging is the type of aging that is inherited and caused by your genes. This is the natural part of aging that typically begins in the mid-20s. During this time, the production of collagen decreases and our skin begins to thin and start losing the elasticity that gives our face structural support. Overtime, you will notice your skin beginning to sag and wrinkles starting to settle in. When it comes to intrinsic aging, observing the rate at which your parents grow older is a good reflection on what you should expect in the future. However, we’re not just talking about the appearance of deep wrinkles and fine lines. From the growth of grey hair to the reduction of bone loss, intrinsic aging includes all of the natural factors that come with age.
Extrinsic aging accounts for all of the environmental factors that age the skin prematurely. External factors promote the skins inability to repair itself after an extensive amount of damage to the skin. The most common cause of premature aging is sun exposure, especially in Arizona! Exposing your skin to the sun’s ultra-violet rays for only a couple of hours a day can increase the noticeability of wrinkles and age spots significantly overtime. Avoid additional environmental factors such as smoking, high amounts of stress and a lack of sleep. Doing so will prevent the signs of aging and keep your skin looking healthier for longer!
There’s no stopping the aging clock from ticking, but we offer a few services that can sure help slow it down. Let’s take a look at some of the easy ways to restore your skin and delay the signs of aging.
Botox is a popular cosmetic treatment that uses a purified protein to diminish fine lines and wrinkles. Once injected into the affected area, the proteins work to block signals sent from the nerves to our muscles. Blocking certain nerves stops the muscles from contracting which encourages the skin to relax and wrinkles to disappear. This treatment is completed in just 10 minutes and starts to work within the next 48 to 72 hours after being treated! Although Botox is not a permanent solution to the signs of aging, results have proven to last up to four months before returning to the office for your next appointment.
The following are facial flaws that are commonly treated with Botox:
- Frown lines
- Crow’s feet
- Forehead lines
Facial fillers focus on restoring age-related volume loss and subtly lifting the cheek area as it tends to flatten with age. The corrective gel is injected into the face and is completed in just minutes. From there, the smooth gel starts to fill the fine lines and the folds in the face. Fillers are also non-invasive, meaning there is no cutting or piercing the skin!
The non-surgical treatment not only helps eliminate the appearance of wrinkles and loss volume, but by filling the creases and fine lines with the injected gel, the results are long lasting. Your natural-looking results can last up to one year before returning for your next treatment and requires no downtime. Fillers are also FDA-approved and will give you smoother looking skin that you will notice as soon as you are walking out our door!
Fillers are commonly treated to help restore loss volume in the following areas:
- Frown lines
- Marionette lines
- Laugh lines
Laser resurfacing helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles by sending short concentrated beams of light to your skin. This slowly resurfaces your skin by removing the skin’s layers one by one until we reach new undamaged skin. The wand-like instrument allows for accurate precision and full control in the depth of penetration to effectively target only the facial flaws you want gone. For many, wrinkles are only half the problem. In addition to reducing the signs of aging, laser resurfacing also helps to remove irregular skin, such as unwanted acne scarring and age spots. This means laser resurfacing will not only reduce facial lines, but works to evenly tone any discoloration in your skin you may be suffering from as well.
The recovery time varies depending on the size of the area. Conditions such as tightening the eyelid usually has a shorter recovery time than patients who may come in for a full facial treatment. Once your skin begins to heal after the treatment, you will notice an immediate difference in the overall look and feel of your skin that can last for years!
This treatment option has been performed on a variety of areas on the face including:
- Eye area
Facelifts are a surgical operation to remove the visible signs of aging by tightening the skin on the face. As we age, our collagen production decreases significantly which causes our skin to thin and become less elastic. This aging process results in deep creasing, sagging, fatty deposits and loss of skin tone. A facelift procedure can take care of one, or all of the listed signs of aging and provide you with evident results that alternative treatments couldn’t achieve.
This treatment delivers incredible results on its own to the lower part of the face, but it is commonly performed in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures such as Botox, fillers or eyelid surgery. Combining a cosmetic treatment that improves the upper part of your face with a facelift is a method patients previously use to receive optimal results. The best part? Your new refreshed face and younger looking you will last for years!
Do people ever ask you if you’re tired or sad? You may notice your lower and upper eyelids beginning to sag as the aging process starts settling in. Wrinkles and fine lines start to appear on the lower eyelids which is why older people tend to look constantly tired. Whereas, the upper eyelids develop a fold where excess skin folds over the eyelashes and can often affect the vision of older people.
Eyelid surgery is performed to remove the excess skin that collects on the eyelids as both gravity and the loss of elasticity impact the eye area. During eyelid surgery, the surgeon repositions the fat deposits and/or removes baggy skin. For the upper eyelid, this procedure creates the appearance of tighter muscles and smoother skin in the area above the eye. The procedure also eliminates the wrinkles and the baggy skin in the lower eyelid area. Eyelid surgery typically heals in just one week. The surgery hides any incisions in the natural creases of the eyelids, looking like it never even happened! With this treatment option available, you can look alert and energetic again while also looking the youngest you have in years.
At Arizona Dermatology, we work with you to find the best treatment or treatments which we can customize for your needs. Although we offer all five ways to get the younger looking you, we also provide other amazing Cosmetic Services that can help slow down the effects of aging. Give us call or stop by our office to schedule a consultation, and let’s get started on restoring your youth!