Prejuvenation is a new term used to describe steps you can take to stay ahead of aging skin and appearance and keep a lifetime of healthy, youthful skin. It is said there is no time like the present and that is certainly true with staying ahead of aging.
Below is an outline of a plan to address your skin as well as structures beneath the skin.
Don’t Obsess Over
Take Care Of Your Skin!
Stay out of the sun and protect your skin when you are in the sun. An anti-aging skin care regimen should include:
+ Daily sunblock
+ An antioxidant serum to prevent free-radical damage to your skin from sun and pollution
+ A retinoid cream at night – Retinol or tretinoin prevents breakdown of collagen that occurs with sun exposure and renews skin surface and prevent and treats unwanted pigment. Keeps blemishes away too!!
Pamper Your Skin
Treat your skin to monthly or quarterly facial treatments with chemical peeling, hydrafacial, dermaplaning or other treatments that address dull skin texture, skin cell build up on the surface, clogged pores and dehydration.
Get Rid Of That Frown
Relax facial muscles that crease the skin creating lines in areas such as between the brows, forehead, crow’s feet, chin and neck.
Neuromuscular relaxers such as Botox, Dysport, Xeomin and Juveau are safe, predictable and rewarding. Regular use prevents wrinkles in these areas and also improves skin.
Get rid of any signs of sun damage. Consider treatments that treat any sun damage your skin has accumulated. There are laser and light treatments that target unwanted redness and broken blood vessels, and some that help remove dark spots and freckles to reveal brighter, fresher skin.
Build Up Your Collagen
Harness the power of laser, light and energy treatments to stimulate new collagen and elastin in the skin.
After the age of 30, our skin does not produce new collagen, and aging leads to a yearly decline in collagen and elastin amount and function. Sun exposure accelerates loss of these essential skin proteins leading to wrinkles, dull texture and sagging skin.
Treatments To Build Collagen
These produce controlled injury to the skin that is followed by repair with production of new collagen, elastin and extra-cellular matrix.
It may be time to think about non-invasive treatments that use energy to tighten skin.
These include radiofrequency,
thermomechanical (Tixel), ultrasound and microcoring. The easiest treatments and the ones that are used at an early stage are externally applied radiofrequency energy so there is no pain and no downtime Exilis, Pelleve, Legacy are examples.
Skin Changes and tightening
can be addressed with radiofrequency microneedling (Genius, Viva). More severe laxity and skin changes are tackled with more intense procedures with downtime – Profound and ThermiTight. Start early so these more intense procedures – including surgery – are postponed or avoided.
Plump It Up
A large part of the facial aging process is loss of bone and soft tissue (fat and skin thickness).
This leads to a heavier appearance of the lower part of the face with sagging skin, jowls and turkey neck for example.
Replenishing volume in the face with skin fillers to restore the natural, youthful contour can correct these changes and resuspend sagging tissues.