Your self-esteem is very important to your health and well-being, but it’s not always easy to feel all that confident. If your skin is keeping you from feeling comfortable, you’ll be happy to learn how much cosmetic dermatology can help.
One of the amazing parts of skin lies in its ability to produce the proteins and other structural material that keeps it looking young. As our bodies age, that level of production slows, making skin dry out and form fine lines and wrinkles. It’s very natural for your skin to show signs of aging at a fairly young age, and that can be rough on your self-confidence. Thankfully, there are a number of cosmetic treatments out there that can treat your wrinkles, leaving you and your skin looking and feeling younger.
Botox is an excellent cosmetic treatment for targeting dynamic wrinkles. Dynamic wrinkles are fine lines that form as a result of age and repetitive facial expressions. Smile lines, crow’s feet and worry lines are all examples of dynamic wrinkles that Botox can treat. Using a protein extracted from the clostridium botulinum toxin, the injectable treatment temporarily freezes muscles responsible for the forming of lines. Since these muscles are not moving, the lines they formed in the skin gradually disappear. Botox treatment can be administered about two or three times a year for best results.
Collagen Induction Therapy, or microneedling, is a quick and simple cosmetic treatment that can greatly reduce wrinkles on the face. CIT uses a device with many sharp points on it, often in the form of a roller. This roller is guided over the skin causing tiny, superficial damage to the skin. The whole point of this damage is to promote the body to create more collagen as a reaction. Collagen is one of the proteins responsible for the structure and fullness of your skin, so as your skin gets to work healing, it also fills in fine lines and wrinkles. Results are not permanent from microneedling, but it’s a quick and easy way to reduce wrinkles, and it can even work to treat other conditions.
Acne is an unsightly condition that often affects teens and young adults, but can endure even longer in some people. Our skin produces sebum, or oil, which is necessary for protecting the skin from a variety of environmental factors. For some people, our sebaceous glands overproduce oil and clog. A clogged pore will get backed up and form a pimple or nodule. These are often referred to as whiteheads or blackheads. Acne is responsible for a lot of social anxiety and self-consciousness in teens and adults alike. There are many ways to treat acne, including CIT or microneedling outlined above, but there are many other ways you and your dermatologist may be able to treat your acne.
A chemical peel is like a more intense facial. On the surface, it’s the same thing. Your dermatologist will cleanse your face and then apply a solution before removing it and cleansing again. Unlike a facial though, a chemical peel uses safely intense and abrasive chemicals to destroy the superficial, uppermost layers of skin. Most commonly, and especially for acne, hyaluronic or salicylic acid are the chemicals used. This is a non-invasive treatment, and at worst will leave your skin looking and feeling a bit sunburnt. It can do wonders to balance out oil production and help encourage healthier skin to grow in place of old skin.
Much like microneedling or a chemical peel, microdermabrasion treats acne by damaging skin on a superficial level. An abrasive device is used to damage skin and promote healthy levels of collagen, hyaluronic acid and sebum to be produced. A session of microdermabrasion might be a bit uncomfortable, but is considered less intense than a chemical peel. If your acne is not severe, it might be all you need to clear your skin and keep it that way for months.
Are you a fit and healthy person, but carry small amounts of fat in the abdomen, chin, thighs or other problem areas? This kind of stubborn body fat can be very difficult to lose, no matter how good your diet and exercise routine is. Thankfully, there are some non-surgical solutions you can try to get rid of that unwanted body fat.
CoolSculpting is an innovative process that can greatly reduce the appearance of stubborn body fat. CoolSculpting is a brand name for a type of cryolipolysis treatment, and it’s by far the most tried-and-true variation of cryolipolysis. The CoolSculpting device is a wand-like instrument that is applied to the skin with suction that draws the skin toward cooling elements that freeze and kill fat cells. Since fat is much less cold resistant than skin or blood vessels, only the fat is killed. Once the process is complete, fat cells will slowly die off and be absorbed by the body. Though it takes some time, in about 2 or 3 months the results of CoolSculpting need to be seen to be believed. Like most of the other processes outlined, CoolSculpting is noninvasive, and the downtime from a treatment is limited. You may be urged to avoid exercise for the rest of the day, but that’s about it.
Our bodies are beautiful, but sometimes we might want a little help making things look a bit better, and there’s nothing wrong with that! If you’re interested in a cosmetic dermatology treatment, whether it was outlined above or not, why not give the professionals at Northeast Dermatology Associates a call?
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