As we age, our skin is usually the first part of our body to reveal the passing of time. Often, unhealthy habits like smoking and overexposure to the sun can make our skin appear older than we really are. If you’re ready to slow the appearance of aging on your skin but aren’t ready to commit to a procedure like a facelift, there are still many options to help you look and feel your best without surgery. Here are a few non-surgical options to help you reveal a more youthful, refreshed appearance.
Botox and Fillers
Botox and injectable fillers like collagen or hyaluronic acid are used to treat individual wrinkles or areas of skin that may lose volume due to loss of collagen over time. Botox is probably the most recognizable injectable on the market today. It works by blocking the signals from the nerves to the muscles, causing the skin to relax and smooth out. Fillers can be used to both fill in lines and creases and to add volume to lips and cheeks that may naturally thin out over time. Collagen injections may require occasional touch-ups but are considered permanent. Botox and hyaluronic acid treatments should be repeated every six to 12 months; however, with repeated use, patients may experience a permanent reduction in the depth of lines and wrinkles.
Fractional CO2 Laser
The Equinox Fractional CO2 laser works by heating and ablating the top layer of skin on your face. This sloughs off dead skin, revealing a younger, fresher layer of skin and a more youthful appearance. Fine lines are diminished, pores are tightened and spots like age spots and acne scars are lightened. Best of all, your skin continues to firm and tighten for up to a year following your procedure.
The Profound lift isn’t exactly a facelift, but it does lift skin that is loose and sagging due to loss of collagen. It involves a device that uses radiofrequency to generate heat that is applied to the skin. The RF waves reach deep below the surface of the skin, helping to stimulate and encourage new collagen growth, which tightens and firms loose skin. The Profound lift is an excellent solution for patients with fine lines, wrinkles and sagging skin, especially along the cheeks and jowls.
For patients looking for the effects of a full facelift but without the surgical procedure, Sculptra provides a beautiful solution. Sculptra is designed to replace the thinning of the facial fat pads (collagen) by increasing skin volume and thickness. Sculptra is delivered via an injection of poly-l lactic acid (PLLA), which is biocompatible and biodegradable, meaning it is both harmless to the body and easily broken down by the body. Patients who undergo Sculptra treatments initially receive one injection, and may require an additional injection if they aren’t fully satisfied with their treatment within the first six weeks. The results of Sculptra last up to two years.
Zo Skin Health
Zo Skin Health is a line of high-quality, medical-grade skincare products offered exclusively through plastic surgeons’ and dermatologists’ offices. The Zo Skin Health line was designed by a dermatologist to address all the common issues skin faces as it ages. Zo Skin health is rich in retinol, vitamin C and other beneficial ingredients that are clinically proven to slow and reverse the signs of aging.
If you’re interested in learning more about any of the procedures we offer, or if you’d like a free consultation to see which Zo Skin Health products are best for you, please give Dr. Chau’s office a call at 888-966-9471.