As we get older, our skin is often the first to show signs of age. Treating aging skin, fine lines, and wrinkles is one of your dermatologist’s specialties, so read on for some helpful information on noninvasive, aging skin treatments.
Chemical peels are focused on removing the superficial, topmost layer of skin from your face. When the old skin peels off after the procedure, people notice much fresher, healthier new skin in its place. While chemical peels are effective against a number of skincare concerns like acne and uneven skin tone, it’s also very helpful against fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging. In order to remove these signs, a higher concentration of salicylic and lactic acids and retinol are employed for the chemical peel. After a chemical peel, your skin will look like it’s badly sunburnt and begin peeling in about a week—sometimes less. While a single chemical peel won’t leave your skin perfect, getting one every 6-8 weeks can help promote collagen production and keep wrinkles at bay.
Collagen is an important protein throughout the body, and its production slows as the body ages. It’s responsible for much of the skin’s structure, so it only makes sense that as collagen levels decline, your skin loses its plumpness, and begins to sink. This forms wrinkles and other fine lines around your eyes, lips, nose and forehead.
That’s where CIT, or collagen induction therapy, comes in. CIT uses a device with a number of needles to make small channels in the skin. This superficial damage stimulates the skin to repair itself, thus boosting collagen production. New skin that grows in the days following CIT is much clearer and healthier as a result. The results of CIT don’t last forever, but given the procedures simplicity and minimal downtime, it can be repeated as necessary every 2 months or so.
You’ve probably heard of Botox, and its wrinkle-busting power is not to be messed with. Many fine lines are the result of what’s called ‘dynamic wrinkles,’ which refer to lines caused by repeated facial expressions. Botox works best on wrinkles formed on the forehead and around the eyes, which are sometimes also called frown lines and crow’s feet. Botox is an injectable treatment that uses a protein synthesized from the clostridium botulinum bacterium. While it might sound a bit intimidating, it’s actually very safe if administered by a dermatologist. Botox works by temporarily freezing nerve impulses to the affected area, thereby stopping dynamic wrinkles from developing further. In the short and long term, this also means that these wrinkles will actually reduce and fill in. Botox can be administered safely every four to six months after your first session to maintain and further enhance results.
Dermal fillers are known by many names. Sometimes referred to as hyaluronic acid fillers, these products are created by a number of companies. These injections target wrinkles directly, and use hyaluronic acid (in most instances) to supplement and promote the skin’s production of this useful protein. Like collagen, HA is a key component of skin. It is remarkable for its ability to retain moisture. As we age, our skin produces less hyaluronic acid, and so skin dries and sinks. This results in a great deal of wrinkles. Dermal filler injections are safe and effective, and last quite some time. Like the other minimally invasive cosmetic treatments, dermal fillers don’t take long, won’t keep you from going about your normal life, and can produce wonderful results. The effects of dermal fillers can be maintained like with other cosmetic treatments, and results can last anywhere between six months and a year.
We all get older, but looking old is quickly becoming optional. If you’re interested in fighting wrinkles and fine lines, call the experts at Northeast Dermatology Associates.
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