Aging is not for the faint of heart. It’s a battle to fight off the wrinkles, thinning and sagging skin, age spots and enlarged pores. Thankfully, there are multiple skin treatments available for you to add to your arsenal. Find out some of the more popular and effective treatments that dermatologists recommend in caring for and protecting mature skin, such as wrinkle treatments, skin plumping procedures and skin discoloration fixes.
Retinoid creams are derived from vitamin A and are known for their ability to stimulate your skin’s production of collagen, a protein that is responsible for giving your skin its strength and elasticity. You can get over-the-counter retinoid creams (look for retinol in the list of ingredients) or get a prescription for a stronger dose of retinol. Retinoid creams create photosensitivity, so you will need to be diligent about wearing sunscreen daily so your skin won’t get sun damage.
Microneedling, also called collagen induction therapy, involves the use of hundreds of small, sterile needles puncturing the surface of your skin. These micro-wounds stimulate your body’s natural healing response with the production of collagen and elastin, creating firmer, tighter skin. As you age, your body produces less collagen. So, prompting your body to produce more collagen is an excellent way to treat mature skin. Microneedling is used to reduce fine lines, crow’s feet, forehead wrinkles, and larger pores. It’s also known to help brown spots from sun damage to fade. Microneedling is a minimally invasive procedure with little downtime.
Like microneedling, lasers create small wounds to the skin so that your body’s healing responses kick in, creating more collagen and stimulating cell turnover. With lasers, the micro-wounds are created by high intensity light beams. The treatments result in firmer skin with less fine lines and wrinkles and mild sagging, a reduction in brown spots and skin dullness and scarring. You can either get ablative or nonablative laser treatment. With ablative lasers like Erbium and CO2, the top layer of skin is removed, allowing for deeper treatment and necessitating more down time. A non ablative laser, like Clear+Brilliant, leaves the top layer of skin alone while heating up the deeper layer. Fraxel is a well-known laser, and there are both ablative and nonablative Fraxel laser treatments that allow for less downtime because the laser beam is broken, or fractionated, so that only a percentage of the skin is treated. The untreated skin helps support the healing of the targeted skin.
A chemical peel removes the outer layer of skin, treating skin discoloration, fine lines, mild scarring, and dull complexion. During the procedure, the practitioner will apply an acid to the surface of your skin and leave it on for a set amount of time, depending on the level of treatment you are receiving and your skin sensitivity. The acid is then neutralized and your face is cleansed. In time, the treated skin will start to peel off, leaving newer and smoother skin underneath. Chemical peels can be done on multiple levels, from superficial to moderate to deep. The deeper the peel, the longer the healing time, but also the more dramatic the results.
As you age, the fat pads in your face start to thin and your body produces less hyaluronic acid, a substance that plumps and hydrates your skin. Dermal fillers can help with these changes to your skin. Dermal fillers are injectable, gel-like substances, most often made with hyaluronic acid so that your body naturally absorbs them over time. Hyaluronic acid is frequently used in creams and lotions to restore and maintain moisture and plump up your skin. Some of the more popular hyaluronic acid fillers are Restylane, Juvederm and Belotero. Some fillers that use other substances to add volume are Radiesse and Scupltra. Dermal fillers help to plump up areas like your cheekbones, fill in lines that form around your mouth and eyes, add volume to your lips and reduce under-the-eye hollows and bags. Dermal fillers can even be used on your hands to lessen the appearance of veins and fill in loose skin.
One way to smooth wrinkles is to relax the muscles of your face. Botox, Dysport and Xeomin are injectable products that paralyze the tiny facial muscles, usually on the forehead, in between the eyebrows and around the eyes. Muscle relaxer treatments are widely used and produce quick results. They are minimally invasive and require no downtime. Muscle relaxer injections not only treat existing wrinkles and furrows, but can also help prevent wrinkles from forming.
Kybella is another injectable, but this version is used to dissolve the fat that can accumulate under your chin as you age, creating the double chin look. Most likely, you will need multiple injections to successfully treat the small pockets of fat but once the fat has been dissolved, it won’t return. Kybella is a great option if you are looking for something noninvasive and requires little downtime.
Contact Vanguard Dermatology in the greater New York City area for your skin care needs. The board-certified dermatologists at Vanguard can provide the guidance and treatment you need to restore vitality to your skin and preserve your skin’s health.