Getting through the day takes a toll on the skin. Over time, our skin begins to reflect the everyday stressors of our lives – and the years we’ve made it through. When aging begins to leave visible marks on your appearance, it can be a serious blow to self-esteem and your overall sense of happiness. At ProMD Health in Baltimore, MD our expert staff know the best way to help you – and your skin – look better than ever is with facial rejuvenation treatments.
Should I Get Facial Rejuvenation?
Is it time to be thinking about rejuvenating your appearance? Many women and men struggle to find the right timing for cosmetic treatments that rejuvenate and refresh the appearance; some think that getting the treatment too early isn’t worth the time, while others aren’t sure if their appearance-related concerns are severe enough to warrant cosmetic attention. But the truth is that the best time for you to get rejuvenation treatment is when you are no longer happy with your appearance.
5 Signs to Consider Treatment
There are 5 hallmarks of aging that make patients consider seeking rejuvenation treatment. Whether your symptoms or mild, moderate, or severe, having any one of these signs is a good indicator that it might be time to bite the bullet and sign up for your first treatment.
1. Fine Lines and Wrinkles
Fine lines and wrinkles can form on virtually every area of the face, although the wrinkles that are most commonly associated with aging include frown lines, wrinkles on the forehead and between the brows, expression lines, wrinkles around the nose and mouth, and lines on the chin. Wrinkles and fine lines generally form when collagen production within the skin begins to taper off, which for most adults is between 40 and 50 years of age.
2. Increased Skin Laxity
Skin laxity refers to the increased thinness, dryness, and looseness of the skin. Skin laxity is most commonly found beneath the eyes, on the brow, and in the cheeks, particularly the hollows of cheeks. Skin laxity refers to the decreased elasticity of the skin, or the skin’s ability to bounce back into shape. While some skin laxity can be contributed to chronic dehydration, skin laxity that increases with age is also a byproduct of low collagen and elastin levels in the sub-dermal layers of skin.
3. Uneven Skin Tone and Texture
Uneven skin tone and texture can happen to anyone of any age but are most commonly seen on those who are age 40 or older. Uneven skin tone is the distortion of your skin’s complexion, meaning you may have rosacea, ruddiness from broken capillaries, or other issues with the toning of your skin. Uneven skin texture generally refers to dryness of the skin, as well as a rough, bumpy, or dimpled texture on the skin surface.
4. Acne and Acne Scarring
Acne isn’t something that only young people deal with. Acne is perfectly common in adults in their 30s and 40s too, and especially women with hormonal acne. Acne can include pimples, whiteheads, blackheads, and enlarged pores that produce a large amount of sebum, or oil on the face. Acne scarring refers to both the dimpled appearance of the skin surface, or “pit-marks”, as well as enlarged pores and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
5. Dark Spots and Blemishes
Dark spots and blemishes are signs of skin damage finally showing up on the skin. Dark spots and sunspots are usually the results of unprotected sun exposure, and blemishes can be anything from pockmarks to melasma, increased freckling, or new moles on the face. Both dark spots and blemishes tend to show up in older adults.
Facial Rejuvenation FAQ
1. What Does Facial Rejuvenation Mean?
Facial rejuvenation refers to any cosmetic treatment that renews the surface appearance of the skin. Rejuvenation treatments are typically for superficial skin concerns such as wrinkles, dark spots, scarring, and skin laxity, which are all skin-related concerns that occur on the upper-to-mid layers of the dermis.
The purpose of a rejuvenation treatment is to incite the body’s natural regenerative abilities, specifically the skin’s ability to heal from energy and turn over new skin cells. You can think of rejuvenation treatments as fresh starts for your surface skin cells, which can help refresh your appearance for a youthful, radiant appearance.
2. What Rejuvenation Treatments Are Available to Me?
As a general rule of thumb, rejuvenation treatments are non-surgical and non-invasive with only a few requiring mildly invasive techniques, such as injectable treatments. There are several dozen of rejuvenation treatments for the face, but the most common and effective include:
Dermal fillers are injectable treatments that seek to restore lost volume on the face, which fills in fine lines, wrinkles, skin laxity, and facial hollowness. Dermal fillers are a diverse category of treatment that works by injecting special serums into the skin with active ingredients such as collagen and hyaluronic acid. Fillers are excellent options for many patients, including those with mild, moderate, and severe facial wrinkles. Although it is most common to use fillers on the mid-to-lower face, there are some fillers that can be used beneath and around the eyes.
Your dermal filler options include:
- Bellafill (whole face)
- Juvederm Volbella (mouth and lips)
- Juvederm Vollure (nose and mouth)
- Juvederm Voluma (cheeks)
- Juvederm Ultra (whole face)
- Restylane Lyft (whole face)
- Restylane Defyne (nose and mouth)
- Restylane Refyne (whole face)
- Restylane Silk (lips)
Neurotoxins are injectable treatments that utilize specially purified toxins to disrupt the communication of muscle receptors in the face – you can think of neurotoxins as kind movement blockers. The purpose of neurotoxins is to relax the muscles in the face to stop the formation of wrinkles, which smooths the appearance of wrinkles on the face.
Neurotoxins can be used for both moderate and severe wrinkles on the forehead and between the brows, although it is becoming more common for neurotoxins to be used around the mouth, as well. Common neurotoxins include:
Forever Young BBL
Forever Young BBL is a type of light-based treatment that is intended to correct uneven skin tone, texture, and skin laxity. By exposing the skin to broadband light, Forever Young BBL stimulates the body’s natural regenerative response to turn over new skin cells and stimulate the production of collagen. This treatment is ideal for patients with mild to moderate concerns including dark spots, sun damage, fine lines and wrinkles, and blemishes.
Holo Laser is an energy-based treatment that combines ablative and non-ablative laser energy to perfect the surface of the skin. As a resurfacing and rejuvenating treatment, Halo Laser can correct many appearance-related concerns such as:
- Sun damage
- Uneven skin tone and texture
- Enlarged pores
- Fine lines
HydraFacial is a unique skin rejuvenating treatment that deep-cleans pores and provides nutrients to the skin for an all-over refreshed and glowing appearance. HydraFacial uses patented technology to cleanse the skin, extract oil, bacteria, and dirt, and apply special serums to the skin to encourage skin health. As an advanced facial, this treatment can be used to correct uneven skin tone, dark spots, fine lines, wrinkles, acne, and mild skin laxity.
Microneedling is a minimally invasive rejuvenation technique that works by creating micro-injuries on the skin surface. These micro-injuries stimulate the body’s natural regenerative abilities to heal and turn over new skin cells, as well as increase the production of collagen. Microneedling is a good option for patients with mild to moderate skin laxity, uneven tone and texture, scarring, dark spots, and enlarged pores. Microneedling is sometimes combined with PRP treatments to enhance results.
3. How Long Do Rejuvenation Treatments Last?
Each rejuvenation treatment can be expected to last for a varied length of time depending on the patient’s response to the treatment and the standard expectancy for results.
For example, dermal fillers can produce results that last from 6 to 18 months at a time, while neurotoxin treatments generally last for 3 to 4 months. Facials and peel treatments can last for several weeks, sometimes as long as 2 to 3 months per treatment. Laser treatments and other energy-based treatments can last from 3 to 6 months or more depending on the treatment being used. And the results of microneedling treatments, with or without PRP, can last for 1 to 3 months.
4. How Can You Enhance Facial Rejuvenation Results?
There are several ways you can enhance the results of any rejuvenating treatment. In fact, we strongly encourage patients to take good care of their skin and health in order to get the most out of each treatment. Some things you can do to enhance your results include:
Using the right skincare product can help any anti-aging or skin-perfecting treatment last longer. Ideally, you should use prescription-strength skincare products or OTC skincare products with important active ingredients, such as AHA, Retinol, or hyaluronic acid. Skincare products include cleansers, moisturizers, serums, exfoliants, and sunscreen.
Adequate hydration is one of the easiest things you can do to maintain your skin health. Your body relies on water to remove toxins from the body, including toxins from the skin – and your skin specifically requires adequate hydration to maintain elasticity and retain moisture.
Sleep is essential to maintain the appearance of skin. When we are sleep deprived, we are more likely to have dry skin, acne breakouts, and dark circles beneath the eyes. Getting enough restful sleep each night will help tone the skin and ensure that the results from any cosmetic treatments are perfected.
5. How Do You Know Which Rejuvenation Treatment Is Right for You?
Not sure which skin rejuvenation treatment is right for you and your appearance-related concerns? No problem. During your initial consultation, we will examine your skin and go over all treatment options that can address your aesthetic concerns and goals. We will help you find the treatment or treatments that are ideal for your care.
Good candidates for skin rejuvenation treatments include any patient who is no longer satisfied with their appearance, including those with mild, moderate, or severe appearance-related concerns. There are no age limits or physical restrictions for any skin rejuvenation treatment, and the vast majority of treatments can be safely used on all skin types and tones, including darker complexions. You might be an ideal candidate for skin rejuvenation treatment if you want to correct:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Dark spots
- Enlarged pores
- Skin laxity
- Uneven tone and texture
- Sun damage
Refresh Your Appearance With Facial Rejuvenation Today!
Aging may be inevitable, but making peace with the signs of aging doesn’t have to be. There are many facial rejuvenation treatments that can help you refresh your appearance and reverse the signs of visible aging. If you think any of these treatments are the right option for you, call the experts at ProMD Health in Baltimore, MD to schedule your first appointment today!