We Can Be Your Skin’s BFF
- Posted on: Dec 30 2019
You’ve got your BFF. Your skin should have one, too. Studies have shown that the skin ages better with a team effort. Steps to prevent damage include watching time in the sun and wearing sunscreen even on cloudy days. Even a healthy diet that includes fresh greens and fruits feeds the skin the nutrients it needs to age more gracefully. But what about when the skin has begun to show the signs of aging and sun damage? This is when a true BFF becomes vitally important.
Botox, Fillers, and Fractionated Laser: The BFF Your Skin Needs
You may have heard of Botox and wondered if it is a treatment you should get. Misconceptions about this injectable are still common, though, and many people think that Botox will prevent them from expressing themselves. This doesn’t have to be a given. Botox is carefully dosed to soften muscle contractions in the upper face, not to completely debilitate them. With a few injections, Botox can smooth frown lines without freezing the face. This cosmetic drug is also commonly used to lift the brows slightly and to soften crow’s feet. As more people are realizing that Botox treatments don’t rob them of their personality, we are seeing this treatment used in a preventative manner as well as one that corrects existing lines.
Botox is a powerful wrinkle-reducer that can seriously rejuvenate the face. However, it does have limitations. Some of the signs of aging, especially those from the undereye area to the jawline, are the result of volume loss, not muscle movements. As tissue degrades over time, the fat pads in the mid-face deteriorate. This leads to flatter cheekbones, puffiness under the eyes or deepening of the tear troughs, nasolabial folds, and jowls. Facelift surgery used to be the primary corrective measure for lower face rejuvenation, but not anymore. Surgery may tighten severely loose skin, but it does not restore volume. Dermal fillers do, though, and you don’t have to wait until the signs of aging are severe to correct them.
Laser skin resurfacing is not a new modality. Years ago, patients interested in reversing the signs of sun damage, including spots and mottled skin tone, would undergo CO2 laser resurfacing. This treatment obliterated the uppermost layers of the skin for dramatic results, but required downtime and incurred significant risks for infection. Today, it is more common to resurface the skin using a fractionated technique. Fractionated laser treatments break apart laser light into tiny pinpoints of energy. This effectively affects the skin without the intense side effects and risks associated with standard CO2 resurfacing. With a single treatment, patients notice brighter, younger-looking skin.
Come meet your skin’s BFF. Call 212.391.8600 to schedule your visit to our Manhattan office.
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