Aging is a natural process. Embrace what the future holds and defy the visible signs of aging with the information, suggestions and advice below.
The 8 Most Common Visible Signs of Aging:
1. Tired looking skin
There are two contributors to dull, tired looking skin: Extrinsic and Intrinsic Factors. The extrinsic factors that damage our skin include ultraviolet light, smoking and environmental irritants. The intrinsic factors that contribute to skin damage are those that occur naturally within our skin cells- cell turnover decreases, new cells don’t multiply and regenerate as they did when we were younger.
To combat the extrinsic factors, you need to keep your skin protected with moisturizers and a sunscreen that you use daily. To encourage cell turnover, procedures that gently exfoliate can give a more youthful appearance to your skin. Your treatment should include a series of Salt Peels or Bella microdermabrasions combined with our ultrasound infusion of dermaSpa Rx skin nutrition products. You will quickly see results that last.
2. Blotchy sun-damaged skin
Over time, flat brown pigmented areas and red patches of superficial blood vessels appear on sun-exposed skin. Once you have these pigmented areas, I suggest Photorejuvenation, using the ICON Intense Pulsed Light system. This system utilizes optimal wavelengths of light to clear vascular and pigmented lesions by targeting hemoglobin (for vascular lesions) and melanin (for pigmented lesions). For more significant damage, light chemical peels are recommended. Prevent future damage with dermaSpa Rx sunscreen.
3. Sagging skin
With time, the supporting connective tissue in our skin becomes fragmented and our skin-tone becomes lax and saggy. Non-invasive treatments have the ability to tighten these strands of collagen and stimulate the production of new and stronger collagen fibers. Ultherapy ultrasound is extremely effective for the face and neck area. Also, the Excilis procedure has the ability to tighten and shape skin and subcutaneous tissue. Topical agents are an important part of any regimen. These products are easy to use and as they nourish and supply our skin with the necessary ingredients to promote collagen development.
4. Hollow and sunken appearance
As we age, our faces lose volume and the ability to manufacture new collagen. The loss of facial volume can lead to wrinkly and saggy skin and leave you with a hollow appearance.
Think of your face as a triangle.
When it is youthful, it is inverted-pointing downward with all the volume at the top. When we age, it becomes a true triangle with all the volume at the bottom.
Dermal fillers like Juvederm and Sculptra can be used to increase the cheek bones, fill in under-eye hollows and add roundness to the lower face—proportionally decreasing the appearance of “jowls”.
5. Uneven Skin Texture
Damage to the underlying collagen leads to loss of elasticity, setting the stage for poor skin tone and firmness. Early changes in skin tone and texture can be addressed with Salt Peels or Bella microdermabrasion, but a more aggressive treatment utilizing fractional laser treatments will produce long-lasting results. Treatments may consist of non-ablative fractional lasers that work on the underlying collagen or a combination of ablative and non-ablative fractional lasers to remove some of the superficial damaged epidermis. Topically, you can achieve results with a product that strenghtens the skin barrier and boosts collagen production, like Derma Luna from DermaSpaRx.
6. Crow’s Feet and Frown Lines
Smiling and squinting in the bright sunlight of Colorado can prompt the development of permanent lines on your face. A smile is usually accompanied by lines radiating outwards from the corner of the eye. The area between your eyebrows tends to develop increasingly deeper creases as time goes by. This increase happens because of the frequency of the expressions we make. The underlying muscle fibers repeatedly pull the skin in a specific direction creating a fold or crease, which in time becomes permanent. A simple solution is to use Botox to paralyze the muscles that are responsible for creating the lines. The earlier you begin using Botox, the less likely lines will ever develop. In addition, you can minimize the fine lines and wrinkles with a topical anti-aging product containing retinol, peptides and anti-oxidants among others. Learn more about the ingredients that work in my previous blog here.
7. Neck and Décolletage
Red, mottled pigmentation often results from chronic sun exposure. Treatment with the ICON intense pulsed light system can markedly improve this condition. For the textural changes in the skin, fractional laser treatments and in some cases, Exilis treatments are recommended. Topically, address this area with a product designed specifically for the skin of the neck and chest, like Skin Firming Serum.
Lentigines, incorrectly called “liver spots”, on the backs of your hands are a tell-tale sign that time is passing. Due to chronic sun exposure, flat brown spots and patches appear on the back of the hands. The skin becomes thinner and is prone to fine wrinkles. ICON intense pulsed light can remove the brown spots in one to two sessions. Juvederm, the dermal filler, and the Exilis radio frequency device can help improve the unwanted textural changes.
Although the process can be overwhelming to think of all at once, many of these procedures and treatments can be done simultaneously. You also have the option to pick and choose your procedures based on your own skin aging issues. The key to challenging the aging process is to stay ahead of it and stay committed to a daily regimen.
To your skin health,
Dr. Richard Asarch, M.D.