Understanding the Aging Face
There are two noticeable ways that we age: by volume loss in the face and through lines that form from habits of expression. The wrinkles we form later in life can reveal our age but they also give us our character. Rhytides are the official name for these wrinkles.
In our later 20’s we can begin to see volume in the mid-face begin to move down. This volume is actually the natural adipose, or fat, in our cheeks. Marionette lines (lines at the corner of the lips) and smile lines begin to form as these fat pads move. When you notice a less rounded curvature to the face or flatter cheeks, what you are really noticing is volume loss.
Anti-aging medicine can slow the aging process utilizing a myriad of non-invasive techniques. You can experience a softening of the marionette and smile lines as well as the replacing of lost volume with collagen induction therapies. These therapies can produce dramatic results.
Natural Aesthetic Treatments
Caring for your skin should start in childhood with good healthy food habits and protection from the sun’s harmful rays. The fact is most of the sun damage we see in our later years started in our younger years.
There is help for correcting these skin deficits we see as we grow older. Sun damage, acne scarring, stretch marks and fine lines as well as damage from hormonal imbalances can be treated with a procedure called micro-needling or collagen induction therapy.
The concept of this treatment begins with how our skin ages. As we age, we lose collagen in our skin. Collagen is important for the overall tone and elasticity of skin. When we lose collagen and volume, the skin begins to sag and the cheeks and eyes begin to show their age.
How Does It Work?
Collagen-induction therapy uses a micro-needling medical instrument that uses five tiny needles to penetrate the upper layer of skin on the face and neck. This process causes tiny injuries to the skin where the body then creates collagen and elastin molecules for repair. After three-four treatments, the results are a dramatic improvement of tone and texture. Dark circles under the eyes improve, and signs of sun damage such as blotchiness of the skin begin to fade. This treatment is non-invasive and safe.
For an even more dramatic effect, PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) can be added, which is a substance from your own blood. All of the growth factors from your blood are concentrated and applied to the face during the procedure.
Each treatment takes about 30-45 minutes per visit. Micro-needling can be done on the face and neck to correct aging related collagen loss and sun damage. In addition, patients take home a personalized compounded cream made from their own PRP for home care following treatment.
Conventional Aesthetic Treatments
Conventional methods of aesthetics are also available using dermal fillers, Juvederm® and Restylane®, to replace volume loss and correcting the effects of aging. Dermal fillers are made from hyaluronic acid (HA), a substance that is already present in the body. When placed under the skin of the cheeks, HA is very hydrating, which makes it an ideal substance for dermal fillers.
Softening these lines can give us a more youthful appearance and help restore the youthful look we had in our 20’s and 30’s. Call to schedule an appointment with Dr. McConnell, our naturopathic doctor at Live Well, to find out more about these treatments. Look as young on the outside as you feel on the inside.
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