With all the marketing around anti-aging products and youthful skin, there’s also a lot of misinformation floating out there. And it can be tough to navigate the aging process and know whether or not you’re showing your age. Here are some tips about what to look for, as well as some of the most popular treatments for common aging issues.
Probably the most visible signs of aging are wrinkles. In fact, there exists a huge market for wrinkle reducing treatments. With all the frequent facial expressions we make, like smiling, frowning, squinting, and laughing, our skin folds naturally begin to deepen over time. The most common areas where wrinkles are found at first are on the face, typically around the eyes, mouth, and nose. Eventually, wrinkles can show up anywhere on the body.
As skin ages, it also loses its elasticity. This is due to a decrease in collagen production as well as decreased hydration in the skin cells. With the loss of elasticity, the skin might begin to sag and droop. This can lead to a tired, aging look. Additionally, dark spots can begin to appear on the skin over time, which are also related to the aging process.
Fortunately, there are many dermatological treatments for aging skin. A fairly simple treatment that can be done regularly is a chemical peel. This superficial procedure uses a specialized chemical formula to remove surface layers of skin, revealing smoother and brighter skin below. It can help reduce the appearance of dark spots and scarring on the skin. A chemical peel can be done on its own or as an add-on to a facial treatment.
Botox injections were some of the first prescription medications on the market formulated to reduce eye wrinkles and improve the look of moderate-to-severe lines on the forehead. Botox is injected into muscles to relax them, smoothing out creases. The effects are temporary but usually last 3-5 months. However, once they wear off, you will need to receive another treatment to “relax” the muscles again and smooth out any wrinkles.
A very popular option, especially in the last few years, dermal fillers are compounds injected directly into the middle layer of the skin to restore volume and reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. The most popular dermal fillers are the Restylane, Perlane, and the Juvederm lines. Like Botox, the effects are temporary, typically lasting six months to one year.
Cleansing and moisturizing the skin every day with appropriately formulated anti-aging products is crucial to slow the appearance of aging in the skin. Staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water and steering clear of cigarette smoking are two other key factors in keeping skin looking youthful. And of course, wearing SPF sunscreen anytime you are exposed to sunlight is critical to maintaining healthy skin.
Want to look into your anti-aging options and get a professional opinion on your skin? If you’re in the greater New York City area, contact Vanguard Dermatology today for a consultation.