You can’t stay 30 forever. Everyone will eventually develop lines on the face; there’s no way to avoid it. But you can slow that process down with nonsurgical cosmetic treatments that help you stay looking younger longer. Here are five procedures our MedSpa offers that can make a noticeable difference when it comes to your skin.
Causes of Aging Skin
Your skin is the map of your life, a summary of your lifestyle and habits, while also protecting you from harmful pathogens in your environment. How you age is related to all of those things.
There are two types of aging: intrinsic and extrinsic.
- Intrinsic aging: Intrinsic aging is internal; it’s related to your genes and is the “natural” part of aging. In your mid twenties, collagen production begins to decrease, your skin gets thinner, and it begins to lose elasticity. Over time, sagging occurs, and wrinkles begin to form. To know what to expect when it comes to intrinsic aging, take a look at your parents and how they aged.
- Extrinsic aging: Extrinsic aging is external; it’s related to environmental factors that age the skin prematurely. Sun damage, smoking, a high stress lifestyle, and lack of sleep can all contribute to extrinsic aging. That’s why we encourage patients to maintain a healthy lifestyle and to use sunscreen every day, especially here in Arizona.
Wherever you find yourself right now, and whatever your age, the good news is that there are things you can do to restore and rejuvenate your skin.
Botox is a very popular treatment here at Arizona Dermatology. We inject a purified protein into the muscles in the face that are causing wrinkles. The Botox injection blocks nerve signals to the muscles, causing them to relax, and the wrinkles disappear. This works especially well for certain types of wrinkles, including frown lines (the vertical lines between the brows), crow’s feet, and forehead lines. All of this takes only about 10 minutes and lasts for about four months.
- Facial fillers
What used to be a best-kept secret for celebrities, facial fillers have become more and more common with “regular people” who also want to turn back the clock. Loss of volume and structure in the face due to aging can cause your cheeks to flatten and folds to occur around your mouth and in other areas. We inject a corrective, safe gel substance into those sunken or flattened areas to fill them in. Results are natural-looking, long-lasting and, frankly, stunning. Filler treatments are FDA-approved and can last up to a year. We use facial filler in the cheek area, and for frown lines, marionette lines, and laugh lines.
- Laser resurfacing
Here is a completely non-invasive treatment that can have your skin looking younger and more beautiful just by waving a “magic wand”— laser resurfacing! Using short, concentrated bursts of light energy, a wand-like instrument delivers laser energy that removes the outer, damaged layers of your skin to reveal the new, fresh skin beneath. Our skilled technicians have complete control with the instrument, allowing them to choose the level of penetration and effectively target the facial flaws you want gone.
Laser skin resurfacing works well for wrinkles, acne scars, age spots, and discoloration on your skin. The heat from the laser also promotes collagen production, stimulating healthy new skin cell growth as well as treating sagging skin (including drooping eyelids), all without surgery!
- Chemical Peels
Chemical peels help you look younger by removing old, dead and dull layers of skin and allowing the fresh layers beneath to come to the surface. Chemical peel results vary depending on the strength of the peel. At Arizona Dermatology, we offer everything from light “lunchtime” peels to deeper peels that address acne scarring and pigmentation issues. Chemical peels treat acne, minimize fine lines, improve texture, and make skin radiant, all in an afternoon and with long lasting results.
This safe, non-invasive procedure uses gentle exfoliation to abrade the surface of your skin, removing dead skin cells and leaving behind fresh, new younger layers of skin. Microdermabrasion also stimulates the production of new, healthy skin cells and collagen. It can improve the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, sun damage, age spots, melasma, acne scarring and more.
No matter your age, no matter your skin type, we have a treatment for you that can help you look younger now and stay looking younger for years to come.
Make an appointment with our MedSpa for a free consultation and start feeling better about your skin today.