Aging is not an easy process to deal with. Along with the aches and pains that come with an aging body, we must also deal with the effects age has on our appearance. Even the least vain of us sometimes have a difficult time looking in the mirror to see what years of sun exposure and dwindling collagen in our skin have done to our looks.
Fortunately, there are some simple treatments and anti-aging techniques that can take years off your appearance and boost your confidence. These treatments can be done in an outpatient environment so you have little to no downtime (and you don’t even have to tell anyone you’ve had work done!).
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Botox is probably the most recognizable name in beauty treatments in the past decade. A cosmetic procedure that injects acetylcholine into your skin to halt muscle contractions that cause wrinkles, Botox sometimes gets a bad rap due to those who overuse the treatment. However, when used correctly, Botox can correct moderate to severe frown lines, moderate to severe crow’s feet, and wrinkles between the brows. These are the most common areas for both men and women to show their age as the constant pull on the skin resulting from smiling, frowning, and laughing tend to lead to the most visible lines.
Botox is an easy and quick procedure that involves minimal discomfort. Most patients feel a slight pinch at the injection site, but this can be alleviated with numbing cream if needed. Treatments take only ten minutes and involve little to no downtime. Results begin to show in one or two days with maximum results appearing in approximately a month.
Many of the signs of aging come from decreased fat and collagen in our faces, necks, and other parts of the body. Though there are many products available that supposedly stimulate collagen production, they can barely keep up with the signs of aging. Injectable dermal fillers are a good option for those who want long-lasting effects (they usually last from four months to a year) and do not want the facial muscle freezing effects that come from Botox.
Injectable dermal fillers actually fill the line, wrinkle, or crease with a variety of substances that mimic collagen. They can be used in any area where a client wants a more youthful appearance with the most popular location being the face, neck, and hands. Dermal fillers can also be used to plump the lips, chins, or cheeks of a patient.
One reason our skin shows signs of aging is due to dead skin build-up. When dead skin is not properly removed, it becomes dull and lifeless and can make a person appear older. Getting rid of the dead layer of skin to reveal the healthy, brighter skin underneath is an easy way to take years off in a safe and effective way.
Microdermabrasion is an excellent way to create younger, smoother looking skin. This procedure involves a dermatologist or aesthetician sanding area of the skin with tiny crystals of aluminum hydroxide. The process is affordable, can be performed in-office, and rarely requires any downtime.
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Those who want to treat signs of aging such as age spots, discoloration, and superficial scarring, as well as wrinkles, often find chemical peels to be most effective. With chemical peels, an acid solution that combines salicylic, glycolic, and/or trichloroacetic acid is applied to the skin. This solution dissolves the top layer of the epidermis and all the impurities that go with it. Depending on the type and strength of the solution used, chemical peels can sometimes cause redness and irritation and some patients prefer to take a day or two off work or social commitments to heal.
Broad Band Light Treatment
Do you have age spots, visible blood vessels, freckles, or other skin imperfections that have developed as you’ve gotten older? These can age you just as much as fine lines and wrinkles, and an ideal way to treat them is with BroadBand Light treatments. In this procedure, heat is gently applied to the skin to stimulate the formation of collagen and new cells. The treatment unveils newer, younger-looking skin and can result in a firmer texture as well as fewer imperfections.
Though Broad Band Light treatments use high-powered energy that heats the skin, the machines are equipped with advanced cooling features to minimize discomfort and numbing creams can also be applied to reduce any pain. The treatment is safe and effective and can be used on the face, neck, chest, hands, or any other portions of the body where signs of aging occur.
If you have scars, deep wrinkles, or want significant results, you may want to consider laser therapy. Lasers can target specific types of cells and can treat anything from fine lines to port wine birthmarks and deep acne scars. Types of lasers include CO2 lasers (good for scars, warts and wrinkles), erbium lasers (perfect for treating fine lines and age spots), pulsed-dye lasers (for treating redness or broken capillaries), fractional lasers (for age-related blemishes), and intense pulsed light lasers (great for sun damage and acne).
Depending on the type of laser treatment you choose, you could have some downtime, so make sure to talk to your aesthetician about what to expect. You should also know that laser therapy can make you hypersensitive to the sun for up to a year after treatment, so many experts suggest getting the treatment done in the fall when you begin spending more time indoors.
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Aging does not have to be a scary process. You should embrace the person you have become and not worry about how your appearance is affected by the sands of time. However, if you’d like to give nature a helping hand and improve those age spots, wrinkles, fine lines, or texture of your skin, you have a number of options available.
Working with a professional dermatologist or aesthetician is extremely important when getting the above treatments or any skin procedure. At EZCare Clinic we will give you all your options and make sure you are aware of any side effects or downtime that will result from your procedure. If you have any questions about anti-aging or a healthy lifestyle, please call EZCare Clinic in San Francisco or schedule an appointment online.