Women and men ages 45 to 65 really start to notice a difference in their skin when they look in the mirror. Healthy living makes them feel great on the inside, but on the outside, the years can take a toll.They look for ways to turn back the clock, for their face to more closely reflect what they feel like. And there are indeed minimally invasive ways to stave off some of the effects of aging.
Here are a few ways to turn back the clock:
Skin Care Products
Reversing the aging of the face starts by choosing good skin-care products. Sunblock is one of the best defenses against the rays that can really age the skin. Good skin care can build a solid foundation, so start it before spending money on other efforts. Having healthy skin to start with can optimize the outcomes for any procedure.
This is a more aggressive type of treatment. Micro-ablative is one of the most common types of laser treatment. It uses fractional technology to basically punch micro holes in the skin, reducing pore sizes and allowing new skin and growth to occur. It’s similar to aerating a lawn, where holes are punched in the grass and healthier grass grows. The treatment tightens and offers mild to moderate improvements in wrinkling.
Dermabrasion, Microdermabrasion & Peels
Dermabrasion is a more aggressive type of skin peel involving removal of the upper layers of skin through surgical scraping of the skin. This treatment is usually reserved for facial wrinkles or scars. Microdermabrasion sands away the uneven outer layer of skin. It treats sun damage, stretch marks and small scars. Skin peels use a solution to remove the damaged outer layer of skin, improving texture and tone.
There are dozens of fillers on the market for the soft-tissue changes, but the three main ones are hyaluronic acid, calcium hydroxyapatite-based, and autologous fat transfer, which harvests the patient’s own fat to be injected into the facial tissues. In the forehead, injections reduce wrinkles. In the lips, injections make them plumper.
About Dennis Schimpf, MD, MBA, FACS
Schimpf is the author of Finding Beauty: Think, See and Feel Beautiful, and the founder of Sweetgrass Plastic Surgery (www.sweetgrassplasticsurgery.com), a multifaceted practice focusing almost exclusively on cosmetic plastic surgery of the face and body. He is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and American Board of Surgery and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS), as well as a member of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) and the American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS).