BEAUTY AND COSMETIC
REMEDIES FOR WRINKLES, LINES, SPOTS AND GRAVITY
By Greg Chernoff, M.D., F. R.C.S.(C)
What Causes Skin Aging
Many factors cause skin to age. Excess exposure to sun or other harmful rays is one of the most common factors that break down skin cells and cause premature aging. Hormones, specifically changes in estrogen levels, cause wrinkles, melasma and unwanted fat deposits around our eyes and under our chin. Some medications can impact skin health, causing premature aging. Even the muscles used in facial expressions can leave us with unwanted lines such as crow’s-feet or smile lines.
The Best Prevention Strategies
The first step in preventing signs of aging is to make sure the factors within our control, like diet, exercise and hydration, are optimized. Next, regular skin care at home, including use of a daily sunscreen, is critical. We have researched, developed and perfected a customized, medical-grade skin care line rich in vitamins and antioxidants that help maintain healthy skin. We prescribe our skin care line in conjunction with our customized and medically supervised facial and aesthetics services that significantly improve our patients’ skin.
Laser Options Improve Aging Skin
Many new in-office options exist that are effective, safe, and have little or no downtime. Treatment options combine laser technology, radio frequency and ultrasound to regenerate collagen, improve skin tone, fade sunspots and improve the overall quality of skin. Fractionated delivery systems ensure minimal downtime.
• Fractionated CO2 Therapy is one of the most effective in-office laser treatments available. The laser penetrates the outer layer of the skin and seals off the treated area, boosting collagen production. The treatment is excellent for improving skin tone, reducing acne scars, active acne, fine lines, age spots, sun damage and pore size.
• Photo Rejuvenation Intense Pulsed Light uses broad-spectrum light to rejuvenate skin. IPL is an excellent, non-ablative treatment for overall skin improvement, working especially well for sun damage, spots, acne, redness and fine lines. IPL works best when done in a series of treatments.
• Radio Frequency & Ultrasound Therapy uses high frequency electrical energy and sound waves to tighten and tone skin. The non-ablative treatment is excellent for fine lines, collagen building, scar therapy and acne control. The treatment stimulates the deep tissue for optimal skin tightening and collagen building.
Injectables are not to be feared. They are safe, proven and effective treatments for wrinkles, folds and volume loss. Botox, Xeomin and Dysport are used to soften vertical and horizontal forehead lines as well as crow’s-feet around the eyes. Fillers, such as Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse and Voluma, are a wonderful option to plump lips, smooth folds and fine lines, and add volume in areas of fatty loss. Now, there is a new FDA-approved injectable treatment we are offering called Kybella. This non-surgical treatment improves our chin contours and helps remove unwanted fat.
Advanced Combination Therapy
At some point, gravitational changes define when surgery is the only way to accomplish rejuvenation goals. When the skin and muscles on your face or body are sagging beyond what can be corrected with a laser or other type of therapy, I will use the most state-of-the-art surgical options to restore youth to skin and muscles. Surgical treatments are often followed up with advanced laser treatments to further refine skin and enhance the quality and skin tone. The combinations, timing and treatments are unique and customized for each individual to provide optimal and natural results.