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If you could have anything, what would it be? Answers will undoubtedly vary. Maybe you’d wish for a few million dollars or some other kind of extravagance. However, there’s no question many people would ask to be young forever. While that, unfortunately, is not possible, there are ways to give the appearance of holding back the hands of time. There have never been more options when it comes to taking care of your skin and gaining a more youthful appearance.
Many people at some point in their lives become interested in what anti-aging treatments there are out there and how those treatments can help them. We are lucky enough to live in a time where there are many anti-aging treatments available to meet your specific needs. It’s important to note, though, that caring for oneself is important as well and will only complement the anti-aging treatments that you receive.
If you haven’t already, you should speak with a doctor that specializes in these anti-aging treatments so you can better understand what would be the best course of action for your individual needs. Here are some things to keep in mind when it comes to taking care of your skin as well as some of the treatments that you might be interested in.
The biggest contributor to wrinkles and the general aging of our skin is UV exposure. The sun has such an effect on our skin that’s difficult to even exaggerate it. About 90% of premature aging is due to UV exposure, whether through sunlight or artificially like in a tanning bed. Long term exposure certainly adds up and can contribute to an aged appearance to say nothing of skin cancer.
Dryness, while clearly not as severe, can contribute to the health of your skin as well. That’s why in an effort to keep a youthful appearance, it’s important to wear sun block when going outside for prolonged periods of time and to moisturize regularly. Sunscreen in particular is key when wanting to ward off wrinkles. While much of this damage happens early in our lives, it is cumulative so it’s never too late to start taking better care of your skin. Overall healthy practices like eating a balanced diet, drinking enough water, and exercising will contribute to healthier looking skin.
But, self-care isn’t enough at a certain point. It’s hard to combat both genetics and time with good practices alone. That’s where anti-aging treatments come in.
There are a variety of injections available depending on what your individual needs are. You’re probably familiar with at least one of these treatments.
Botox is probably the most well-known anti-aging injectable treatment available. It has been in use for many years and has successfully given many patients a more youthful appearance. It paralyzes the muscles to smooth out wrinkles, crow’s feet, and smile lines. You can expect a Botox injection to be effective for about 4-6 months.
Kybella is a specific treatment that targets the fat beneath your chin. It is the first and only FDA approved injection that is used to eliminate the appearance of fat beneath your chin. The injection destroys the fat cells and your body does the rest. Over the course of your injection treatments, your metabolism will process the dead fat cells to give your lower face a slimmer appearance.
Juvederm is a filler designed to combat signs of aging that aren’t just related to wrinkles. Because we lose some of the fat in our faces as we age, our cheeks can begin to appear sunken in and skin can sag. Juvederm provides a more youthful, fuller appearance by filling in these sagging areas.
If you’d rather not have injections performed, there are other options. Laser treatments are another effective method of treating signs of aging, as well as other issues that may make you self-conscious. Scarring can be reduced and facial veins can be eliminated with laser treatments. As far as anti-aging, targeted lasers can address fine lines and wrinkles without having to worry about side effects or recovery times.
The laser reaches below the surface of your skin to stimulate the production of collagen which fills in the wrinkles and fine lines in the targeted area. Best of all, the whole procedure lasts only about a half hour with only minimal discomfort.
With so many anti-aging treatments available, it’s important to get all of the information you need to make the right decision. Dr. Imad El Asmar and his team at Vermont Med Spa are here to provide you with the best care to meet all of your cosmetic needs. Dr. El Asmar will meet with you to discuss what you’re hoping to accomplish and will come up with a treatment plan to help you meet your goals. Contact us today and set up an appointment for a consultation.