Skin Treatments for Battling the Effects of Aging
No one likes looking in the mirror and noticing the luster of youth is beginning to fade being replaced with new unwanted symptoms that may include loose skin, wrinkles, expression marks, etc.
In fact every year consumers will spend billions of dollars on skin products, prescription creams, serums, magic potions, cosmetic treatments, fillers, and surgery just to fight the unwanted effects.
But do any of these skin treatments actually reduce the visible signs of aging?
The following is a quick guide to some of the most popular skin treatments and available cosmetic procedures. For a more detailed analysis of available skin treatments, facial rejuvenation, skin tightening providers, etc.
Please see our full skin care website.
There are a multitude of over-the-counter products claiming to help fight wrinkles and various other signs of aging. One popular option is the retinoid creams. These are products that have retinol on the ingredient label. These creams are worthy of every anti-aging advocates attention because Retinol/retinoid is one of the few medical substances actually proven to alleviate wrinkles.
Retinoids became available in the early 1970s not as a wrinkle killer but as an acne-fighting drug. Since retinoids introduction it has also been employed medically to treat wrinkles, pigmentation changes, sun damage, aging skin symptoms, and psoriasis.
The Retinoids work on your skins surface by inducing surface skin cells to die off rapidly. This promotes the formation of new cells to take their place thereby refreshing and renewing your skin. But more than just surface therapy, Retinoids also work deeper in the skin at a foundational level slowing the breakdown of essential collagen. This deeper collagen and elastin layer of the skin is where the real aging problem lies and where problems like lines, crinkles, wrinkles, and thinning skin begin.
Are Over the Counter Retinol Creams Effective Wrinkle Fighters?
Unfortunately over-the-counter creams and gels don’t have to say how much retinol their products contain. They are worth trying, but if they do not produce the desired results there are prescription strength treatments that are as much as 100 times more potent than over the counter creams. Medical grade Retinoid creams can be prescribed by your doctor or dermatologist.
Are there Side Effects with Retinoids?
Retioids can be very irritating to the skin. It is recommended that you start slowly and do not be alarmed if you see initial signs of irritation including redness or even peeling. The symptoms should pass after a few weeks of regular use. Also be sure to ask your doctor if you should avoid using other medications on your skin at the same time.
Win the Battle Against Aging, Lines, Wrinkles, Loose Skin Etc… Contact Bay Area Pelleve Today!
Injections of Botox work neurologically by paralyzing specific facial muscles that promote the appearance of certain expression lines and wrinkles. The Botulinum toxin goes to work on the muscle tissues eliminating communication between the nerves effectively preventing muscle contraction. With the muscle unable to work it now is no longer able to produce the expression lines and wrinkles.
The effective lifespan for Botox is three to six months after which time you can have repeat injections to prolong the effects.
What about Botox Side Effects?
Anytime you are injecting a foreign substance into your body, especially a neurological toxin there is the potential for serious side effects. Consult with your doctor about possible adverse reactions prior to treatment.
Cost for Botox Treatments
Cost for Botox treatments vary. Some charge by units of Botox used to treat a specific problem, and others my charge by specific treatment type (forehead brow wrinkles, crow’s feet around eyes, etc) but according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the average costs in the United States is between $300.00 and $500.00.
Injectable dermal fillers
Injections of certain dermal fillers can help to alleviate lines and wrinkles by adding volume to skin which serves to lift and plumping the skin. Hyaluronic acid, Collagen, and even your own fat stores may be used to fill and plump areas of the skin that may have thinned, lost fullness or tone.
When the skin is plumped sufficiently it tightens and helps to alleviate fine lines, wrinkles, depressions, etc. giving you a tighter more rejuvenated appearance.
The effective lifespan for most dermal fillers is somewhere between six months and a year.
Dermal Filler Side Effects
Once again with dermal fillers we are talking about the injection of foreign substances into your body which always has the potential for adverse effects. Certain substances like collagen have various sources they may be derived from including bovine, porcine, or human sources. It may be advisable to undergo initial allergy testing prior to treatment depending on the substance being injected. Check with your doctor, provider, or dermatologist first.
Costs for Dermal Filler Treatments
The average cost of hyaluronic acid treatment was $589 in 2008
Chemical Peels are another popular skin treatment generally used to treat mild acne scars, age spots, dull skin, skin pigmentation problems, and even to tone up mild wrinkles around the eyes or mouth.
Chemical peels go to work on the skin by chemically burning the skin and stimulating the replacement of damaged skin with new skin of a cosmetically superior nature. The new healing skin is generally, smoother, tighter and more evenly colored, and of a superior texture than the skin being replacing.
Peels also are classified by the depth to which they treat. There are light superficial skin treatments, medium depth, and deep treatment peels. Results will vary by individual and by depth of treatment but on average the benefits of superficial peels last about a month, while deeper peels can show beneficial results for as long as several years.
What about Chemical Peel Side Effects?
With chemical peels old skin (now chemically damaged) is literally being replaced with new skin. The process can take several weeks. Reddening, peeling, and discomfort can last for several weeks as skin heals depending on the strength and depth of the peel. Adverse skin reactions to the peeling agents may also cause problems.
Cost for Chemical Peels
The average cost for chemical peels in 2008 was $672.
Microdermabrasion is another treatment that calls for the removal of existing skin to promote a new healing skin of a better cosmetic nature. The chief difference between microdermabrasion and chemical peels is depth of treatment and that skin is being mechanically removed rather than chemically.
Microdermabrasion uses tiny abrasive particles or diamond-tipped tool to abrade the skin cells from the upper surface of the skin to encourage new skin growth. You are essentially sanding off the top layer of skin cells to promote a healing skin response.
Microdermabrasion isn’t nearly as extreme as surgical dermabrasion and doesn’t require anesthetic or the lengthy recover periods that a surgical treatment necessitates. You may however require several treatments to achieve the desired results.
Effects for microdermabrasion may only last a few weeks and because the effects are so short lived it may not be as popular as some other treatments.
Cost for Mirodermabrasion
The average cost of microdermabrasion was $164 in 2008.
Laser Skin Treatments
Lasers harness high-intensity energy in the form of light to treat the skin brining about changes that can improve wrinkles, scars, age spots, pigmentation problems, loose skin, expression marks, etc. There are ablative (skin damaging) and non-ablative (non-skin-damaging) laser skin treatments.
Ablative laser treatments (skin destroying) can be used to burn the topmost layers of the skin to promote a skin healing response much like we described with chemical peels, and simultaneously deliver light energy deep into the skin tissues to promote collagen regeneration.
Non Ablative Laser Skin Treatments do not destroy the skin but do deliver light energy deeper into the dermal tissues and promote tightening and the generation of new collagen stores to plump up and tighten the skin giving you a tightened refreshed look, alleviating loose skin, wrinkles, fine lines, etc.
What about Laser Treatment Side Effects?
You may see redness from one day to several weeks, you may require numbing agents during treatment, and you may experience skin peeling, discomfort, and necessary healing and recovery time depending on how aggressive the laser treatment is.
Depending on your treatment the benefits of laser resurfacing usually last between two and five years.
Costs for Laser Skin Treatments
The average cost of laser resurfacing was $2,669 in 2008, according to the AACS.
Other High Energy Skin Treatments (Pelleve, Thermage, Ultherapy, etc.)
Other high energy treatments for facial rejuvenation, skin tightening, wrinkle treatments, etc. including non-ablative lasers all work treating the skin in a similar fashion. The object of non-ablative lasers and all high energy skin treatments is collagen remodeling. (Click to learn why Collagen is the foundation for your skins health)Each of these treatments whether it be high energy light, radio waves, or ultrasound, directs energy into the dermal tissues and stimulates them into two distinct reactions.
The first initial reaction is contraction of the dermal collagen matrix. Collagen and elastin tissues contract in response to the high energy treatment and usually provide an immediate tightening and toning response. This is why you will often notice immediate improvement in tightness, tone, and complexion following your treatment. It’s why we say you can schedule a lunchtime Pelleve appointment today and be out on the town tonight looking your very best.
The secondary reaction to high energy treatments is where the therapy really begins to shine. After treatment fibroblasts in the skin set to work manufacturing new natural collagen plumping up the skin, alleviating wrinkles, lifting and tightening your appearance, and giving you a healthier, younger, more refreshed appearance.
Following treatment this collagen remodeling continues to take place over the next 6 months of time further tightening your skin and improving your appearance until the full finished result is achieved.
This high energy non-surgical facelift as many people call it is the most popular of the modern noninvasive cosmetic skin treatments and is the only non-surgical long lasting treatment for alleviating wrinkles, fine lines, etc.
Pelleve skin treatments for instance is a radio frequency skin tightening treatment that is painless, requires no anesthesia, no downtime, is safe and effective in treating mild to moderate loose skin, wrinkles, fine lines, expression marks, etc. Pelleve is a gentle treatment that usually requires 3 to 5 treatments spread over time for the full effect, and can be used to tighten facial features, delicate tissues around eyes, neck, and other problem skin areas.
Results from high energy treatments can last for up to 2 years after which time maintenance appointments may be scheduled or a complete set of new treatments repeated.
Contact Bay Area Pelleve Today for a Skin Care Consultation
Cosmetic surgery was once the most popular option and as near as only ten years ago was the only long lasting effective treatment for wrinkles, loose skin, expression lines, etc. This isn’t the case today with advances in high energy non-surgical skin treatments.
Cosmetic Surgery unfortunately comes with bleeding, bruising, downtime, risks, potential serious side effects, etc. and may not be the best option for many clients. Many people’s symptoms do not require it, nor are they prepared financially or even mentally for the procedure.
With that being said, cosmetic surgery is still the bench mark that other treatments are measured by. When signs of aging are advanced and other treatments will not provide the results you are after then cosmetic surgery may be the best course of action to achieve your goals.
If all this skin tightening, skin injecting, laser energy, cutting, stretching, possible side effects, and extended recovery sounds expensive and extreme to you, perhaps you should think about prevention.
Prevention measures won’t stop damage once it has happened but it can go a long way to prevent more damage or even initial damage if taken early enough.
Things like regular use of sunscreen, regular medical checkups, eating a skin healthy diet, and not smoking can go a long ways to prevent damage to collagen and elastin structures in the skin. Responsible care for yourself and your skins vital structures will go a long way towards keeping you looking your very best.
Contact Bay Area Pelleve Today for a Skin Treatment Evaluation.