One of the trends I and my colleagues have seen is younger people seeking to maintain their looks and youthful appearance. Younger people are seeking to prevent wrinkles, sun spots as well as sagging skin. This has been a growing trend in the last 5 years as we see new developments in skincare and aesthetic treatments.
One of the keys to maintaining one’s youthful looks is a great skincare routine. The single most important piece of advice I could give young people is sun protection, early and often. Photodamage is really what causes the visible signs of aging more than true chronologic aging. Ultraviolet radiation breaks down collagen and elastin causing loss of volume and wrinkles as well as dramatically increasing the risk of skin cancer. I recommend the daily use of a broad-spectrum sunscreen. The two other key ingredients that should be part of a basic skincare routine are topical antioxidants (I’m a big fan of SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic) as well as a topical retinoid such as prescription strength tretinoin or over the counter Retinol. I would consult with a physician before using anything while pregnant or planning a pregnancy.
With people posting so much on Social Media they are becoming more focused on their appearance. We are seeing people in their 20 and 30s asking for Botox treatments. There are multiple Botox like neuromodulators such as Dysport, Xeomin, and Jeuveau. These agents all work by relaxing muscles. They help treat and prevent the formation of dynamic wrinkles caused by the pull of muscles under the skin. Some people have strong facial muscles and begin to etch the glabella frown lines (lines in between the brows also known as the elevens) as early as their twenties. Botox works by relaxing the muscles causing these lines and both softens the lines and prevents them as well. Currently, Botox is the most popular nonsurgical cosmetic procedure worldwide.
As we age, we start to see color and texture changes of the skin. Most of these changes are from the sun. Younger patients are seeking treatment. Mild chemical peels can be helpful. Advances in technology have allowed us to offer some milder laser resurfacing options such as the Clear and Brilliant Laser. The Clear and Brilliant Laser is our most popular resurfacing treatment for younger patients seeing early signs of photoaging. It is also very popular with patients suffering from melasma (a disorder of pigmentation). Clear and Brilliant treatments require minimal to no downtime and can yield significant results.
Loss of volume in the face typically starts in our thirties. Hyaluronic Acid injectable fillers can counteract this loss of volume. The most popular fillers tend to be in the Restylane and Juvederm families. Fillers accomplish two things as they both fill lost volume and also stimulate our bodies natural collagen production. It is important to seek the services of a skilled injector who can evaluate exactly where filler would help most as well as which filler would work best. The last thing you would want is to be overfilled or have a distorted unnatural appearance. The most common areas I see younger people seeking to have filled are the so called “tear troughs” or groove under the eyes, lips, and smile lines.
With anything in medicine, I am a big fan of prevention. As far as prejuvenation goes the key aspects are sun avoidance and sun protection, don’t smoke, eat a healthy well-balanced diet and manage stress. For those needing additional help we are here for you. If you are interested in exploring prejuvenation options, please call us today to schedule a consultation.