A Little Bit Can Go A Long Way

Have you started to notice subtle signs of aging in your face?


Maybe a permanent wrinkle between your brows that wasn’t there before. “Parentheses” around your mouth. Dark  circles under your eyes. Frown lines. Uneven skin tone. Lax, lackluster skin.


Maybe you’d like to recover some of your youthful radiance, but are unwilling to undergo the pain, downtime and cost of  major cosmetic surgery.


The good news is you don’t have to.


Today there are so many minor and minimally invasive options in cosmetic dermatology that women (and men) are stepping into midlife and beyond looking great and feeling confident without major cosmetic surgery. A little goes a long way when it comes to cosmetic procedures. Let’s take a look at the menu of “little” options that give huge results.


BOTOX. BOTOX® is one of our most sought-after services, and it’s obvious why. Some common types of wrinkles, such as the vertical lines between brows, horizontal forehead lines, crow’s feet, and lines around the mouth and on the neck, are created by muscles in the face. These muscles, which contract to show different facial expressions, can eventually begin to contract permanently, making you look angry, annoyed, unapproachable or tired. BOTOX injections force these muscles to relax, preventing the lines from deepening over time and providing a more youthful, refreshed, carefree look to your face.


A series of tiny injections can help you look fresh and rejuvenated for up to six months, and there’s no downtime. BOTOX is a toxin which, when injected into muscle tissue, paralyzes the muscle so that it cannot contract. Always ensure your BOTOX treatments are administered by skilled, licensed professionals, like those at Arizona Dermatology.


Dermal fillers. The best-kept secret in Hollywood for years, dermal fillers are now mainstream, and wow, what a difference they are making for people all over the world! These injections of safe, hyaluronic acid-based gels or other biocompatible fillers can make moderate-to-severe facial wrinkles and folds disappear, add volume to sunken cheeks, plump up the lips and more. Each type of filler we use is designed for a specific and impressive result. Juvederm treatments for wrinkles and folds last six to nine months.


Office-based chemical peels. Chemical peels have been around for a long time, and perhaps that’s why many people overlook them, but they are such an effective way to rejuvenate, refresh, and repair skin! Arizona Dermatology offers a menu of peels of different strengths from our deepest 30-minute Perfect Peel (which diminishes fine lines and wrinkles, refines pores, improves hyperpigmentation and acne scars, lifts melasma, reverses sun damage and slows the aging process) all the way down to our light, sugarcane-based glycolic acid peel (which smooths out uneven skin texture and tone and reverses the signs of aging with noticeable and long-lasting results). Some of our lighter peels can even be done over a lunch hour!


Microneedling. If you know anything about collagen, you know it’s the protein that is responsible for keeping skin firm, hydrated, and youthful-looking. When we lose collagen during the aging process, our skin gets loose and lax. Microneedling is a non-invasive procedure where tiny needles apply controlled damage to the skin, triggering the body’s collagen production and tissue regeneration response. In short, we’re tricking your body into making more of the substance that makes you look younger!


Getting enough sleep. Are you a night owl? Here’s something to really lose sleep over: sleep deprivation has been linked to aging skin as well as serious health problems. Researchers found that poor sleep results in increased incidences of fine lines, uneven pigmentation and reduced skin elasticity. In addition, lack of sleep also makes it more difficult for skin to recover from stressors such as sun exposure and environmental toxins. What a nightmare!


Other skin treatments. Depending on your needs, Arizona Dermatology also offers other skin treatments that can help turn back the hands of time, including Intensed Pulsed Light treatments, microdermabrasion, dermaplaning and vascular laser treatments.


Book a personal consultation with one of our providers, and together we’ll determine what little bit can go a long way to helping you look and feel your very best!