The impact of aging on skin
Aging reduces skin quality, affects its elasticity and strength, and causes loss of fat-tissue volume. This results in dull skin that looks inelastic, which may display benign or cancerous lesions, textural or pigmentation inconsistencies, wrinkles, or prominent veins.
Skin condition diversity demands targeted treatments
Each aesthetic skin problem requires a different solution, and therefore, at the Center for Aesthetic Medicine, treatment combinations are personalized to each patient and condition.
Over the last decade, a range of advanced technologies and methods have emerged to treat skin blemishes and lesions and rejuvenate the skin. Using lasers, physicians can remove skin growths, pigmentation spots, and prominent veins, “glue” tissue, and jump-start collagen growth. With the help of fillers, patients can restore lost tissue volume, get rid of wrinkles, and firm up their skin. Skin boosters can restore skin to its previous strength, flexibility, and shine.
Technologies and treatments for repairing skin defects
Leveraging its leading-edge research and treatment experience, the Center for Aesthetic Medicine offers the most advanced non-surgical methods for upgrading the skin’s appearance.
- CO2 laser - The CO2 laser is considered the best treatment for facial rejuvenation. Based on technology that addresses both surface and deep-level damage, CO2 laser treatment removes most of the epidermis layers, shrinks intermediate dermis layers, and promotes massive production of new collagen fibers.
- Ablative fractional 2940-nm laser - This technology restores the texture of aging skin. The therapy is particularly effective for treating wrinkles and laugh lines, age spots, liver spots, and lip lines, and for complex skin peeling. Ablative fractional 2940-nm laser therapy is a one-time treatment, without general anesthesia, and recovery is relatively quick.
- Non-ablative fractional 1540-nm laser - The application of non-ablative lasers for improving skin texture and quality is highly effective, performed as a series of treatments. Non-ablative therapy selectively heats up the dermis-layer collagen, eliminating old cells and promoting new collagen growth, while cooling the outer skin layers (epidermis) to prevent damage. To restore normal pigmentation for age spots, the Center for Aesthetic Medicine recommends integrating a series of intense pulsed light (IPL) treatments.
- Intense pulsed light (IPL) - IPL is an effective treatment for age spots, hyperpigmentation, and rosacea. When people are in their thirties, their skin starts showing the impact of the sun, and when people hit their forties, age and liver spots begin to appear. To treat, repair and prevent age spots, the Center for Aesthetic Medicine recommends undergoing IPL treatment every 6 months, along with diligently applying sunscreen when outside during daylight and retinoic acid at bedtime.
- Photodynamic therapy (PDT) - Photodynamic therapy is a non-invasive treatment designed to remove benign or cancerous growths, treat acne, and rejuvenate sun-damaged skin or skin with age spots or broken capillaries.
The treatment is performed at the Center for Aesthetic Medicine without the need for anesthesia. It begins with the application of aminolevulinic acid (ALA), which makes the skin more sensitive to light. The skin is then exposed to a series of laser treatments and light sources that cause the skin to produce photochemical responses that eliminate blood vessels, erase age spots, remove growths, and dramatically improve skin quality.
- Wrinkle fillers and volumizers - With age, the natural appearance of the face and neck change, with volume loss and appearance of wrinkles. This is due to a dramatic decrease in the underlying layer of fat beneath the skin’s surface and changes in facial bone structure. People can return some of the volume and gain a younger-looking face with the help of fillers and volumizers.
The Center for Aesthetic Medicine specializes in personalizing fillers to the age of the patient, skin quality, and of course, the treatment area. The clinician selects the right quality and mix of treatment solutions to help patients get the best aesthetic results. This is especially beneficial for people of advanced age. Specialists at the Center for Aesthetic Medicine use many of the most advanced therapeutic solutions available on the market for safe, high quality results.
- Collagen stimulants - Healthy skin has smooth, uniform texture with a sparkling, glowing appearance. Skin boosters help introduce moisture and encourage collagen production—for significant visible results—improved skin glow, texture, and flexibility.
The treatment involves a series of stimulant injections into the skin. To achieve optimal results, the Center for Aesthetic Medicine recommends a series of 3 treatments—one every 2-3 weeks, followed by individual injections once every 8-12 weeks.
- Botulinum toxin injections - After many decades of dynamic facial activity, it’s natural that a person will get wrinkles that stand out.
Botulinum toxin injections (such as Botox or Dysport) are safe, effective, and inexpensive treatments for helping eliminate dynamic wrinkles, such as frown lines between the eyebrows, crow’s feet, and forehead wrinkles. Relaxing wrinkle-causing muscles gives the skin a younger, smoother look. Dermatologists at the Center for Aesthetic Medicine recommend integrated treatment of botulinum toxin and fillers on a regular basis.
- Chemical peeling - Chemical peeling is among the most common cosmetic treatment performed by dermatologists. The Center for Aesthetic Medicine clinicians have extensive expertise and use only high-quality medical solutions to effectively treat a range of skin problems. Chemical peeling treatment is designed to get rid of dead skin cells, promote accelerated growth of new skin cells, and improve the skin’s overall appearance. Chemical peeling, which can be superficial, moderate or deep, makes the skin appear smooth and more refreshed, with fewer wrinkles and improved skin tone uniformity.