One of the earliest and most common signs of aging is changes in the skin.
As people age, our skin goes through changes. The skin that you might recognize now as healthy, hydrated, soft, and firm can become dry, rough, fragile, and more unpredictable as time goes on. Specifically, you might spot these developments:
Cracks and Flakes
As skin ages and dries, it becomes more prone to breakage.
It’s important to keep an eye on any new growths and pigmentations that might develop as we age. While frequently benign, new growths can sometimes develop into cancerous tumors.
Senior citizens, in particular, might notice an overall decrease in skin strength and thickness.
It’s not just the outer layers of skin that become thinner as we age; it’s the inner layers, as well. As a result, blood cell walls gradually lose their density, and in turn, people become more likely to bruise from otherwise minor injuries.
Collagen and elastin, the tissues in our skin that keep it taut and tight against our body, begin to break down as we grow older. In turn, our skin stretches and becomes loose.
It’s important to note that not everyone ages the same. How quickly and to what degree a person ages depends on several factors, including genetics, diet, and general day-to-day lifestyle. If you take good care of your skin, it’ll take care of you. And it will, as a result, stay healthier longer.
Yet, despite all of our best efforts, no one truly escapes the inevitability of getting older. The good news? There are additional, easy steps you can take to combat the effects of aging on the skin. (And they are all available at LifeGaines Med Spa Boca Raton!)
Botox is a popular treatment designed to significantly reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Many people opt for Botox as a cheaper, more convenient alternative to cosmetic surgery. Primarily used on the face, Botox injections use a toxin called onobotulinumtoxinA that temporarily stops muscles from moving, creating a numbing effect. As it relaxes the muscles, it thereby reduces the prevalence of creases.
Botox is often paired with an aesthetics treatment, which can limit sweating, twitching, and drooping.
The procedure is quick, and minor side effects like swelling or drooping typically resolve within a few days. The results of Botox can last anywhere from four to six months.
Dermal fillers are products used to fill in deep lines and add fullness to the face, most commonly in the lips and cheeks. Dermal fillers might also be the right choice for limiting darkness under the eyelids and restoring cheek contour.
There are many different types of dermal fillers. You can ask a specialist about which one is right for you. The treatment is seamless as it typically takes only a few moments per target area to administer, and the recovery is easy! Patients might experience swelling and discomfort for only a couple of days.
Thread lifts, or facial threading, refer to a process where small sutures are placed underneath the skin, creating a subtle but visible lift in the skin. It is a popular alternative to surgery and has been around for about two decades with excellent results. Among other things, thread lifts can help treat loose and sagging skin, like that on the eyebrows, jowls, and nasolabial folds.
As it stimulates collagen production in the skin, facial threading boasts several benefits, including instant recovery, tighter skin with fewer wrinkles, and a general revival in the appearance of the skin.
Skin threading is a low-risk procedure designed to last 1-3 years.
Radiofrequency microneedling, often referred to as RF microneedling, is a lower-cost alternative to more expensive skin-enhancing procedures. It provides an additional heat treatment to the popular microneedling technique in which a heated pen-like device is moved across the skin as attached microneedles penetrate the area at a shallow depth. In response, the body sends signals to produce collagen and elastin – proteins that repair and rejuvenate.
Microneedling is often used to combat acne, scarring, and enlarged pores, among other issues involving unwanted dark marks and hyperpigmentation.
Microneedling is an outpatient procedure, and any redness resulting from treatment typically lasts one to two days.
Vampire Facial and Vampire Facelift
The vampire facial, otherwise known as Platelet-rich plasma or PRP therapy, involves using the patient’s blood to restore a youthful look (very fitting, considering a vampire’s drink of choice!). The vampire facial involves micro-needling the face, then applying platelet-rich plasma into the skin, and as it increases collagen and elastin production, the skin becomes hydrated.
The vampire facelift is an aesthetic procedure, similar to the vampire facial. However, with this technique, microneedling is not used. Instead, it’s a series of injections applied to specific areas of the face. This procedure improves skin health and helps to create a youthful, rejuvenated appearance.
Both treatments should be performed by a licensed professional. Explore your options at Lifegaines Med Spa Boca Raton.
PRP facials are another great skin rejuvenating alternative to surgery. Just like with the vampire facial and facelifts, PRP facelifts harness the power of your body’s own Platelet-Rich-Plasma. Except instead of microneedling, the PRP is administered with a brush across the patient’s face.
Patients can expect two minor procedures should they opt for a PRP facial. The first is to extract the PRP, and the second is to exfoliate the skin and apply the platelets. Recovery time is minimal, and side effects are often limited to minor swelling.
Skin Tightening with Genesis
Skin tightening with Genesis refers to a category of age-defying procedures typically administered to the face and neck. There are different kinds of skin tightening available. Two of the most popular non-surgical procedures involve radiofrequency and lasers and are popular with patients who would like to target sagging or loose skin.
Skin tightening treatment with Radiofrequency (RF) is a non-invasive procedure that boasts long-lasting results. Patients can expect two to seven-second long exposures to radiofrequency on problem areas, administered from a specialized RF machine.
Skin tightening treatment with lasers is another non-invasive procedure that targets problem areas with focused energy. It activates the healing responses in the skin, producing collagen and elastin to both rejuvenate and tighten.
Specialists at LifeGaines can explain the procedures more in-depth, including healing times and any potential side effects.
Sofwave utilizes Synchronous Ultrasound Parallel Beam (SUPERB) technology, rejuvenating collagen fibers and reducing fine lines and wrinkles. It is a safe and effective method to achieve youthful, glowing skin.
Patients who opt for Sofwave technology for their skincare tend to want minimal work done, commonly to tighten an area with slight sagging or touch up the results from a previous plastic surgery procedure.
Results can best be seen twelve weeks post-procedure. However, many patients begin seeing positive skin changes just one week after a Sofwave treatment is administered.
XEO Laser procedures offer customizable options for treating wrinkles, enlarged pores, scarring, and other pigmentation and texture issues. Two options available include:
Laser Genesis: an aesthetic treatment designed to correct superficial skin concerns
Pearl Fusion: combines two techniques – Pearl and Pearl Fractional – which results in efficient, low-risk treatment of fine lines and wrinkles, enlarged pores, irregular skin quality, and scarring
Combat the Effects of Aging on the Skin with LifeGaines
Lifegaines Med Spa Boca Raton offers all of these services and more! To learn more, contact one of our trained specialists for a personalized approach to skin health. Book your appointment today to begin your journey towards younger, healthier-looking skin.
Dr. Richard Gaines is the Chief Medical Officer of LifeGaines Med Spa in Boca Raton. He attended the Boston University School of Medicine, completed an internship at the Tufts University of Medicine, and his residency at the Harvard School of Medicine. Today, Dr. Richard Gaines is at the forefront of the rapidly evolving sexual health paradigm. He continues to innovate with new anti-aging treatments to enhance and extend the lives of his patients. His effective forms of regenerative medicine, hormone therapy, and wellness treatments are designed to help people of all ages improve their energy, drive, sexual health, and overall wellness goals.