While you can sometimes minimize certain effects, completely stopping the aging process on the skin of your face is an impossible task. Exposure to the elements conspires with the natural progression of time to take a toll on your skin’s youthful vitality.
However, you can fight back with one or more of the many skin rejuvenation treatments. These are intended to restore lost lustre and volume, resulting in skin that feels smoother and younger. In some cases the treatments actually regenerate tissue, helping to counteract the ravages of time.
As a facial rejuvenation specialist, Dr. Gonzales and the team at Epitomé Medical Aesthetics provide you with many of the most popular facial rejuvenation procedures. Contact the office today, by phone or online, to arrange your initial consultation.
Types of facial rejuvenation treatments
Just as there are many factors affecting the youthful appearance of your skin, there are many approaches to restoring its appearance as you age. Many facial rejuvenation procedures center around harnessing your body’s own natural healing powers, triggering a process that’s sometimes called collagen induction therapy.
Controlled collagen renewal
The dermis layer, below your surface skin, is home to the collagen-elastin matrix, a protein web that adds volume and support to your skin, while retaining moisture and preserving elasticity. Once you reach your mid-20s, this layer starts a natural deterioration, losing about one percent of its volume annually.
Your body, however, maintains the ability to create new collagen and elastin tissue. It does this most often in response to injuries, such as cuts and burns that damage your skin. In fact, light-colored visible scars are made from clusters of collagen tissue made in response to skin damage.
Restoring youthful skin is possible by creating controlled damage to the dermis layer, so that new tissue forms in a matrix similar to the patterns of healthy skin. Techniques such as microdermabrasion accomplish this, also exfoliating dead skin cells on the surface.
While contemporary procedures aren’t as harsh as in the past, microdermabrasion does create damage to the surface layer as well as the dermis. But it can still be an effective procedure for certain skin types and aging issues.
Laser and light-based treatments
When your complexion improvements favor deeper work only, laser and light-based treatments can penetrate outer skin with minimal impact, addressing the collagen layer directly. Warming this sub-surface tissue sends signals through the body that the collagen layer is disrupted and needs replacement.
Aesthetic systems do this gently across the treatment area, so that new tissue naturally forms a proper matrix while old tissue flushes out gradually through your lymphatic system.
Dermal injectable treatments
Though some products provide collagen renewal effects, injectables take aim at lines, wrinkles, or lost volume. The much-lauded Botox® Cosmetic injection treats wrinkles caused by expression muscles that become semi-permanently contracted over time, relaxing and smoothing worry lines and crow’s feet.
Dermal fillers address passive wrinkles and lines, crevasses, and voids into which your outer skin settles. Some dermal fillers spread naturally, restoring volume to areas such as your cheeks to recreate youthful fullness.
Other facial rejuvenation treatments
The area under your chin sometimes stores fat that’s totally resistant to diet and exercise efforts. A laser lipolysis system called SculpSure® is now approved for treating submental (under-the-chin) fat.
Platelet-rich plasma therapy is an injectable treatment using your own blood to enhance the effects of other collagen induction treatments by providing additional human growth factors to your self-healing resources.
Dr. Gonzales can help you design a skin rejuvenation program that uses a combination of strategies to temper the effects of aging on the skin of your face, reducing the appearance of your skin’s flaws and restoring more youthful appearance. Contact Epitomé Medical Aesthetics today.