What Causes Signs of Aging and How Can I Treat Them?
Over time, your appearance starts to change. Fine lines, wrinkles, brown and red spots, and sagging skin are all signals that you are getting older. While these changes are natural, they can affect your self-esteem and may not reflect how you feel on the inside. There are many ways to remedy these imperfections, and knowing what causes them is the best way to figure out the best treatment.
The Natural Aging Process
When you are young, your body produces large amounts of collagen and elastin, which are proteins that help give the skin its strength, structure, and elasticity. After the age of 20, your body produces approximately one percent less of these proteins every year. This process causes fine lines to deepen and become permanent. Your skin also begins to sag. It can be difficult to address these concerns, but there are treatments that can encourage the production of more collagen and elastin.
Microneedling is a minimally invasive treatment that creates micro-injuries in the skin using fine needles. These tiny channels stimulate the body’s healing response, which includes the production of collagen. Most patients undergo a series of treatment sessions spaced four to six weeks apart. The downtime associated with microneedling is minimal; your skin may be red and irritated for one to three days. This procedure is performed to address loose, sagging skin, uneven texture, and other cosmetic skin issues.
How the Sun Ages Your Skin
When your skin is not protected from the sun, ultraviolet (UV) rays are able to penetrate it with ease. These rays damage the fibers of elastin in the skin, causing wrinkles and sagging skin. UV rays also cause pigmentation issues, such as red and brown spots, to appear.
While wearing sunscreen and using other methods of sun protection can help prevent more damage to your skin, there are treatments available to help correct some of the damage that has already been done.
Chemical peels address signs of aging using chemical solutions to remove the outer layers of damaged skin. These treatments can vary in strength, from superficial to deep, depending on your needs and preferences. Mild chemical peels do not require any downtime, although your skin may be pink and sensitive for a day or so. Medium and deep peels require more extensive recovery times but can treat more severe signs of aging. Chemical peels can help correct pigmentation issues as well as fine lines and wrinkles.
Photorejuvenation uses the power of specific light wavelengths to address skin laxity and uneven pigmentation. Forever Young™ BBL Photofacial is a quick treatment that involves little to no downtime. The light energy targets pigment cells and broken capillaries, causing them to break up and be absorbed by the body.