Are you bothered by signs of facial aging like fine lines and wrinkles? Wrinkles develop due to changes in aging skin that are chiefly caused by the breakdown of collagen and elastin. Although these changes are completely natural, no one wants to experience premature aging.
Fortunately, cosmetic dermatology has seen rapid advances in anti-aging technology recently. It is now possible to turn back the clock on facial aging without resorting to surgery. Non-invasive treatments are surging in popularity right now due to their ability to offer significant results with less risk than surgery and no downtime.
Here are just a few of the most popular options for non-invasive skin rejuvenation you can choose from.
Has your skin lost its shine? A dull complexion is often due to buildup on the surface of the skin. Called the stratum corneum, this part of the skin is composed mainly of dead skin cells and particulate matter.
This material can accumulate on the surface of your skin and block its normal supple radiance. Dermalinfusion works by removing this material and infusing the skin with serums to immediately brighten your complexion, reduce enlarged pores, or even treat superficial acne scars.
During the procedure, a diamond exfoliating wand loosens and suctions away dead skin cells, while simultaneously infusing the skin with customizable serums. The result is softer, smoother, younger-looking skin.
The term “chemical peel” can describe a number of different treatments involving the use of a chemical solution to peel away a small portion of the outer skin layer, prompting self-renewal. Peel strengths vary, ranging from gentle exfoliation to total removal of the epidermis skin layer in order to encourage the formation of new skin tissue.
As the name suggests, a superficial chemical peel deals only with the outermost layer of skin. It is basically a gentle form of exfoliation that removes dead skin cells. It also helps with light lines and wrinkles. The only drawback to this form of treatment is that its gentle nature may mean that multiple treatments are necessary.
Medium peels contain a stronger form of acid than is typically used with a superficial peel. They remove a bit of the epidermis skin layer to improve problems like light lines and wrinkles.
Stronger peels require anesthesia and are considered to be more invasive procedures.
Dermal fillers consist of liquids or gels that are delivered via injection to temporarily help minimize signs of aging like lines and wrinkles. They typically work by enhancing facial skin volume to fill in wrinkles. Hyaluronic acid fillers are able to increase both skin volume and hydration.
Sculptra is made up of polylactic acid. This substance is manufactured in a lab setting to mimic the lactic acid produced by the human body when exercising vigorously. After an injection session, your body will gradually replace the injected Sculptra with new collagen. Sculptra is one of the few available dermal fillers that work by encouraging collagen formation in a natural way.
Radiesse dermal fillers contain a substance called calcium hydroxylapatite, a form of calcium that is found in bones and teeth. The gel is enclosed within microspheres that enhance product availability within the body. Once injected, Radiesse begins to immediately smooth away fine lines and wrinkles for a younger look.
The Juvéderm line of hyaluronic acid fillers is one of the most well-known dermal filler families and offers an entire product line for use in different areas of the face and lips. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally-occurring substance that attracts moisture into soft tissues. It is found in abundance between the joints, cushioning them from jarring movements.
Within your skin, hyaluronic acid attracts moisture to keep it hydrated and resilient. Unfortunately, hyaluronic acid begins to decline as you grow older, leading to drier skin that is more susceptible to wrinkle formation. The hyaluronic acid found in Juvéderm is formulated into a smooth gel that spreads gently under the skin to draw in moisture. Soon after treatment with Juvéderm, your skin will become thicker, plumper, and more hydrated.
Your Dermal Filler Results
Although dermal fillers deliver amazing results, they are temporary. The injected materials will be broken down by your body over time. The good news is that dermal fillers offer results that last up to a year or longer, depending upon the product. You can continue to maintain your results with ongoing treatments.
Consistently one of the most popular non-invasive anti-aging solutions on the market, Botox is an injectable wrinkle treatment for “dynamic” wrinkles caused by repetitive muscle activity. By relaxing the facial muscles, Botox injections soften frown lines, crow’s feet, and horizontal forehead lines. The results last 3-4 months on average.
Talk to an Expert
Want to learn more about your options for non-invasive facial rejuvenation? Contact Buckingham Center at 512.401.2500 in Austin, Texas to schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Edward Buckingham.