At first glance skin aging may appear on the surface but in fact it goes much deeper – all the way down to your subcutaneous tissue and muscle layers. That’s because the effects of gravity, UV exposure and simply getting older cause all these layers to age in their unique and distinct ways.
Therefore, to reverse skin aging – wrinkles, volume loss, pigment and texture changes – a multifaceted approach is required to correct the skin’s structural and superficial layers. Below is a 5-step comprehensive guide outlining how addressing aging at every layer can restore a more radiant and youthful appearance to your skin.
- Reverse Volume Loss with Dermal filler – volume loss due to aging, illness or other factors is caused by reduction in our own natural fat pads, collagen, and even bone. Some people might notice this presenting as volume loss in the lateral cheeks or under eyes and “jowling” of the lower face. Dermal filler is a versatile material made with hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring sugar molecule that retains the skin’s hydration. It can be placed under the muscle (A) to lift the skin or into the subcutaneous tissue (B) to restore volume and smooth lines and wrinkles. Furthermore, recent innovation in filler technology allows aesthetic physicians to inject the filler along the bone, such as jawline and chin, to contour and sculpt the lower face.
- Soften Lines & Wrinkles with BOTOX® – the most popular and proven anti-aging treatment. Neuromodulators are injected directly into the muscles (A) that cause facial expressions to stop the muscles from contracting. The medication is most commonly used in the upper face to smooth frown lines, forehead creases and crow’s feet. However, there are several other uses for BOTOX®, such as for bunny lines, chin creases, and for treating overactive masseters (jawline muscles). It is important to work with a skilled aesthetic physician to avoid a “frozen” or expressionless look. At MD Skin Lab, our physicians specialize in a natural approach by assessing each patient’s unique anatomy and aesthetic goals.
- Smooth Skin’s Texture with PRP Facial Treatment and Microneedling – this mid-level treatment targets the epidermis – skin’s top layer (C) and dermis – deeper layer (D) with tiny needles. Using an automated device the micro-needles are quickly deployed into the skin, creating thousands of tiny injuries that boost collagen production and healing factors. As the skin regenerates, it starts to look healthier, smoother and more youthful. A series of 3-4 treatments can minimize acne scars, refine the skin’s texture and improve its overall appearance.
- Target Pigment and Texture with Medical-Grade Peels – the beauty of chemical peels is they’re highly customizable, based on your specific skin concerns. Superficial peels are designed to exfoliate the epidermis (C) to give your skin a beautiful glow that’s perfect before a special occasion. Deeper peels contain more active ingredients that can penetrate deeper into the dermis (D) to address pitted acne scars, pigmentation issues and aging.
- Treat Your Skin At Home with Medical Skincare – available only through your aesthetic physician, medical skincare products target specific concerns with highly potent and active ingredients. These can act superficially, or penetrate deeper, depending on the product. Cleansers, toners and moisturizers will primarily work your epidermis (C) to cleanse and moisturize your skin. Serums such as Vitamin-C and Retinols are designed to penetrate to your dermal layers to build collagen, inhibit melanin production and reverse the skin’s aging process. Medical grade skincare helps maintain and prolong other cosmetic injectable treatments. At MD Skin Lab, we can work with you to create a personalized skincare routine.
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