Category Archives: Anti-Aging

The Facial Facelift: A Rejuvenation Revolution

Face Massage.  Close-up of a Young Woman Getting Spa Treatment.If you could have any cosmetic treatment you wanted, would you choose the more dramatic and longer-lasting surgical option or would you go surgery-free? If you’re anything like the rest of us, unless you have to go under the knife, your preference is not to. So it won’t be any surprise to hear about the latest innovation in the facelifting world: The “facial” facelift for non-surgical rejuvenation.

From the traditional surgical facelift to the completely surgery-free liquid facelift, the aesthetic world has seen considerable shift in treatments trends designed to turn back the clock. This evolution has been fueled on the one hand by our general desire for non-surgical solutions and on the other by research-generated knowledge of how the face ages. The result? Today the most innovative cosmetic doctors are offering a whole new approach to non-surgical anti-aging solutions with what’s being called the facial facelift.

A facial facelift is a treatment package that includes any variety of skin and tissue-toning treatments that work together to improve the tone, texture and contours of an aging face:

  • Botox to soften muscle activity and smooth out fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Fillers to restore lost volume, creating lift and smoothing out deeper wrinkles as well as offering contour to areas that have lost definition (cheeks, jawline, temples).
  • Lasers to resurface and rejuvenate the skin, minimizing discolorations, evening out the tone and texture of the skin, boosting collagen.
  • Chemical peels to clean the skin and refine pores.
  • Microdermabrasion to minimize scaring and refine the appearance of the skin overall.
  • Energy treatments (ultrasound, radio frequency) to lift tissues, tighten the skin and create a more youthful-looking face.

Alone each of these treatments can turn that frown upside down, but selectively combined together, they can inspire a full-on fresh face that you can’t wait to put forward!

While great minds can be credited for this new aesthetic approach, it’s also a credit to the high-tech tools they use. Advancements in technology, first with injectables and more recently with energy treatments, are key to delivering results, and are also the primary driver behind cost, which can range from $2500 to $5000, depending on actual treatments, region and practice.

Want more? Here are 3 Reasons to consider going ‘Facial’:

1. Convenience!

Forget all the work in setting up multiple appointments and counting days between treatments. In general, all your treatments can be performed in a single trip. No muss, no fuss!

2. Real Results

Completely non-surgical, this multi-step approach addresses all of the major and minor age-related changes that are showing up on your skin and face. The result? A subtle, yet comprehensive aesthetic approach for a completely rejuvenated face.

3. Long-Term Benefit

Yes, a surgical facelift, brow lift or eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) has years on most any non-surgical treatment, but if surgery isn’t in your plans, regular, “facial facelift” treatments work together to help you age gracefully. The cherry on top? They just may prevent any need for major surgical work down the road.

Are You Ready?

Choose wisely. Get the facts and find a reputable doctor in your area!

Laser Therapy: Power Up for Beautiful Skin!

If you’re still carrying around brown spots, rough skin, and fine lines from last summer’s sun exposure, it’s time to resolve to face the new year fresh. And, no, that doesn’t mean going under the knife. Today, skin rejuvenation can be found in the high-tech power of laser light therapy.

Lasers are like little miracle workers. By harnessing the power of light, lasers have the ability to zap those brown spots away, smooth out rough skin texture and fine lines and wrinkles, and, with the appropriate amount of lead time, even create a hair-free skin surface by summer!

Essentially, a laser uses a focused beam of light to target specific skin flaws, such as brown spots or scars, or to rejuvenate the skin overall. With dark spots, the light targets the pigment to break it down and eventually fade or disappear; for skin rejuvenation, it uses laser light to burn tiny holes into the skin, which jumpstarts collagen production to bring back the elasticity of a more youthful looking face.

But the truth is, lasers can be complicated. “Laser” has become a catch-all term for the variety used to treat different skin concerns. Some hurt more than others. Some deliver results with minimal downtime. Others require a week or more until you can emerge from hiding. Main categories include IPL, ablative, and non-ablative (fractional):

• IPL (intense pulsed light) lasers are used to treat large areas of sun damage, including pigment/dark spots on the face, neck, chest and more. IPL is also used to reduce Rosacea-related inflammation on the cheeks/face and to treat red, blue or purple spider veins. IPL can be used for overall photorejuvenation and to permanently remove hair. Expect redness in the treated areas for about 24 hours. Pigment and blood vessels should fade within two weeks. This treatment can be painful, and most doctors will prep your skin with a numbing cream prior to treatment.

• Ablative lasers are used to provide dramatic skin improvements with a single treatment. Treatment with an ablative laser removes the top layers of skin for complete resurfacing to get rid of wrinkles, scars, rough texture and sun damage. This procedure requires anesthesia and post-treatment pain management. While the results can be dramatic, expect initial healing to take up to four weeks, and at least one year with zero sun exposure. Fractional ablative and erbium lasers offer an effective alternative to the more traditional ablative laser treatments by delivering exceptional results without damaging the top layer of skin.

• Non-ablative fractional lasers offer a less-invasive alternative to ablative lasers. The non-ablative fractional laser creating tiny “wounds” in the skin to treat crow’s feet, blotchy skin, large pores, brown spots and more. As the wounds heal, new skin emerges. Treatment can be uncomfortable, so your doctor may use a topical anesthetic or other method for pain and/or anxiety management. After treatment, your skin may look sunburned for a few days, but there is no significant downtime required. Because this is less invasive, achieving your desired results will likely take multiple treatments.

An important note: Winter is the perfect time to get laser treatment. Why? Because chances are, you don’t have a tan. Tan + laser is a big no-no—even if it’s a spray tan—because the laser can mistake it for a big brown spot and remove pigment that should not. Do not get laser treatment if you’re tan, even if it’s a spray tan, because the laser can misread tan skin as a big brown spot. Burning or discoloration could result.

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5 Simple Ways to Anti-Age

Let’s face it. No one wants to get old, but it’s a fact of life. While we may be unwilling participants in the forward progression of time, there is good news: we can look good while we’re doing it! And, no, it doesn’t require a heavy hit on the pocketbook nor weeks in hiding to turn back the hands of time. We know you’re excited to hear about our secrets to looking forever young, so without further ado, here are 5 simple ways every woman can anti-age!

1. Get Cheeky!

One sure-fire way to decrease your facial age is with a little pick-me-up in the midface. As we age, we lose fat in key youth-defining areas, especially the cheeks. Revolumizing yours will fill out your cheek contours while picking up lax skin that causes those dreaded nasolabial folds and prejowls.

2. Eye Openers

If eyes are the windows to the soul, how can you expect to communicate your inner beauty when the lids become heavy with aging? A falling brow and drooping eyelid skin can also miscommunicate how you feel, sending signals of anger and unhappiness when you’re anything but. An easy eye opener to treat most early signs of aging is a little lift with a few well-placed neurotoxin injections. Whether it’s Botox, Dysport or Xeomin, never fear—a simple eye-opener is as near as your local cosmetic doctor’s office! For more advanced drooping, a brow lift or blepharoplasty may be necessary.

3. Pucker Up!

Do you look in the mirror and wonder when your lips decided to deflate? Unfortunately, it’s the same story for most of us. The lips are yet another facial feature that lose volume as we age, a gradual change that can sneak up on even the most conscientious of us. Fortunately, it takes just a little well-placed filler to bring you back to your beauty best in an instant.

4. Fill Ins

Just because some treatments address the so-called less obvious signs of aging doesn’t mean they’re any less important. For an overall refresh with the most natural-looking results, it’s time to let your cosmetic doctor treat those facial details that sometimes fall under the radar. Using FDA-approved fillers to correct the hollows under the eyes, the temples, and the jawline can make a lovely face even more beautiful.

5. Smooth Skin

If injectables fill and lift, it’s skin treatments that refine the wrapping on the overall package. From laser treatments that even out skin tone and smooth out texture, to chemical or manual exfoliating treatments that remove old, dead skin layers and minimize scarring, smooth, radiant skin can be yours once again! Try a series of non-fractional laser treatments to stimulate collagen and improve the overall aesthetics of your skin or a SilkPeel treatment that infuses skin-specific serum treatments to power up your skin rejuvenation efforts.

Whether it’s one or all of these 5 simple ways you can anti-age, one thing is sure: The right doctor can help you achieve the natural, youthful results you’re looking for. Are you ready? Let the experts at help guide your way!