Depending on who you ask, it’s never too soon to start fighting back against the signs of aging. There are plenty of things you can do on your own at home, of course. No matter what your age, you should be protecting your skin from the sun’s UV rays and using a moisturizing lotion regularly to keep skin looking healthy and youthful. In some cases, though, the best way to minimize the appearance of wrinkles, dark spots and sagging is to work with a plastic surgeon and choose a non-surgical, minimally invasive treatment.
No matter what your specific concerns are, several starter treatments are available to help you get a jump on anti-aging, in your 20s, 30s and beyond.
Wrinkles and lines form on the skin for two main reasons. In some cases, they develop from the effects of gravity and volume loss over time. These are known as “static” wrinkles.
In other cases, lines form because of repetitive movements over time. For example, you might scrunch up your forehead, furrow your brow and/or squint your eyes, which can eventually result in lines and wrinkles. These are called “dynamic wrinkles.”
For some people, dynamic forehead lines, frown lines, and crows’ feet are the first signs of aging. Not only do these wrinkles add years to a person’s appearance, they can also make the person look perpetually upset or angry.
Fortunately, a few starter treatments can help to minimize the appearance of lines created by facial movements. Botox and Dysport both contain the same active ingredient, which temporary blocks some of the nerve signals to certain muscles. Essentially, this presses “pause” on facial movements that lead to dynamic wrinkles.
As a result, frown lines, forehead lines or crow’s feet fade away for as long as the injectable lasts (usually about three months). As an added benefit, many people who start getting the injections when they are younger notice that the lines they were worried about become fainter and fainter with time, as their muscles learn not to make those movements that create those wrinkles.
Belotero is an injectable filler made from hyaluronic acid. It’s finer and less viscous than other hyaluronic acid fillers, which makes it an ideal starter treatment for people who are just beginning to develop some fine lines. Its thinness also makes it an ideal option for people who are just beginning to notice hollows and dark circles under their eyes.
The texture of the filler means that it is less likely to cause a bluish discoloration under the eyes or result in lumps and uneven texture when injected into the skin.
As you get older, the levels of collagen your body produces begin to drop. Collagen plays a big role in helping your skin stay firm and supple. Without it, skin starts to sag and droop and can become dull. Encouraging the production of collagen can help to improve the look of your skin, making you look more youthful at the same time.
One way to reverse some of that damage is with microneedling, a starter treatment that involves making tiny pin-pricks all over the surface of the skin, in an effort to stimulate the production of collagen. The treatment is often combined with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy to further improve skin rejuvenation.
Exfoliating the top layer of dull, dead skin cells can often reveal a fresher, more youthful look below. Microdermabrasion is a minimally invasive, in-office treatment that gently sloughs off that top layer of dead skin cells. It doesn’t require much downtime, but also doesn’t produce particularly dramatic results, making it a great pick for younger people with minimal signs of aging.
At one point, the only way to effectively treat sagging skin was through surgery. However, many people with just a bit of looseness in their chins or jowls aren’t ready for a procedure such as a facelift.
Fortunately, non-surgical skin-tightening methods now exist, such as Thermage. Thermage uses radiofrequency energy to encourage more collagen production. The increase in collagen can help to tighten up skin that’s just starting to sag. The treatment might not be as effective on people with significant laxity in their skin, but it can be the ideal starter procedure for people with just a little bit of looseness.
About Dr. Ran Rubinstein
Dr. Ran Y. Rubinstein is a board-certified plastic surgeon. He offers patients a variety of surgical and non-surgical treatment options at his practice in New York, and can work with you to help you choose the starter cosmetic treatment that will help you reach your goals. Dr. Rubinstein offers patients a variety of procedures, from fillers to rhinoplasty, at Laser & Cosmetic Surgery Specialists, PC in Newburgh, New York. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Rubinstein, call 845-863-1772 today.