The last thing we want to be "mature" is our skin! But where to begin? This quick guide below narrows down your options to help you get the results you want. Ultimately, choosing a treatment comes down to budget, desired results, and downtime. At Cosmetic Skin & Laser Center, consultations are always complimentary.
THE BEST FIXES FOR THE TOP 5 COMPLAINTS
Rough, dull skin
WHY IT HAPPENS: As our skin matures, it loses the ability to repair damage and new growth of skin cells. Often, the first sign of this is rough-textured and dull skin.
THE FIX: Total FX Fractional CO2 tops the list and gives powerful results without the harsh side effects of traditional CO2 lasers because it removes dots of skin, leaving healthy skin around the dots intact. “Total FX truly is the treatment that does it all.” says Courtney Lo, PA-C. “It retextures skin, reduces wrinkles, fades acne scarring, and can even renew eyelid skin with just a few days of downtime.” For younger, less damaged skin, peels and products containing retinol are very effective.
Brown age spots on your cheeks, forehead, & sides of your face
WHY THEY HAPPEN: Over- active pigment cells cause age spots. On areas of skin that have had years of sun exposure, age spots appear when skin pigment becomes damaged or “clumped.”
THE FIX: Intense Pulsed Light treatments give the most dramatic results. And the darker the spot, the better the results! IPL can be performed individually or in a series. Many clients opt to alternate IPL with light peels to provide simultaneous improvement in pigment and overall glow.
Lines & Wrinkles
WHY THEY HAPPEN: Lines and wrinkles form from volume loss with aging, repeated expressions, sleeping habits, genetics, and sun exposure.
THE FIX: For lines and wrinkles resulting from constant movement (like the “elevens” between brows, forehead lines, or crow’s feet), neuromodulators like Dysport, Botox, or Xeomin are best. For deeply etched lines, fillers plump the skin for instant correction and stimulate collagen at the same time. Often, a combination of both produces the best possible result. At Cosmetic Skin & Laser Center, we ALL have both types of injections– just some reassurance that you’ll never look “done.” Softening wrinkles, creating lift, and correcting a downturned mouth all just make you look more refreshed and relaxed.
Fine lines and crepey skin around the eyes and lips
WHY THEY HAPPEN: The sun, loss of collagen and elastin, lifestyle, and a decline in moisture due to aging all cause changes in texture. Thin skin around the eyes and delicate lip area is typically the first to be affected.
THE FIX: NEW! Injection-free! ThermiSmooth is a radio frequency treatment specially designed to treat small, delicate areas like the lips and eyelids. Energy delivered through a small handpiece comfortably (REALLY!) heats the deep layers of skin to 42-45°C. Maintaining that temperature for just a few minutes instantly contracts collagen and stimulates fibroblast activity, resulting in firmer, more elastic, smoother skin.
Red broken capillaries & redness
WHY THEY HAPPEN: Especially in fair-skinned individuals, the sun is often the culprit behind broken capillaries and red splotches on the skin. While stress, hormones and rosacea can cause those tiny, hand-to-cover-up, red squiggly lines, the sun can also trigger them to form.
THE FIX: IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) treatments deliver an intense, visible, broad-spectrum pulse of light. Using special filters that target the color red, these treatments cause the blood vessels to be destroyed and then reabsorbed by your body’s natural healing process. A series of five treatments is recommended, and then annual maintenance visits help to maintain your results.
More questions? Call us for a complimentary consultation.
Traverse City 231-935-0414
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