40 might be the new 20 thanks to celebs like Jennifer Aniston, Demi Moore and Sarah Jessica Parker, but when it comes to skin, the clock's still ticking. Fine lines, brown spots and wrinkles can creep up on you, causing your face to give away secrets about your age, but don't worry! Now it's easier than ever to look as young as you feel.
Fourty might be the new 20 thanks to celebs like Jennifer Aniston, Demi Moore and Sarah Jessica Parker, but when it comes to skin, the clock's still ticking. Fine lines, brown spots and wrinkles can creep up on you, causing your face to give away secrets about your age, but don't worry! Now it's easier than ever to look as young as you feel. Traditional plastic surgery procedures like facelifts and brow lifts can do wonders to improve your appearance, but if you’re looking for a more affordable alternative, or if your problem areas are just beginning and don’t necessarily require the commitment of a facelift, there are treatment alternatives you should investigate.
Often called non-surgical or minimally invasive procedures, these sophisticated skin treatments can eliminate lines, improve skin texture, and make you look years younger.
Botox – Used to produce a smoother-looking brow, Botox (a purified protein derived from the botulinum toxin) is given via tiny injections directly in to the muscle. As the nerves are restricted, muscle movement is diminished until facial lines begin to fade. Botox is effective on moderate to severe creases but is not a permanent solution. Treatment will need to be repeated usually every 3-4 months to keep lines from returning.
Chemical Peel – Often used in conjunction with facial surgery for total rejuvenation, chemical peels work quite well on their own to improve sun damage, wrinkles, fine lines and even acne scarring. Peels contain one or a combination of lactic acid, glycolic acid, salicylic acid or alpha hydroxy acid to slough away dead skin and improve skin tone.
Injectables – If you want to see immediate results that can be achieved over your lunch hour, consider an injectable treatment. Also called “soft tissue fillers,” injectable treatments are used directly under the surface of the skin to smooth out common wrinkle areas such as the frown lines, laugh lines and even lips. Popular injectable products are Radiesse (calcium hydroxyapatite-based) and Restylane, Perlane and JUVEDERM (hyaluronic acid-based). Your surgeon will discuss their differences in greater detail and whether a skin test is needed to check for allergies before treatment, which is rarely necessary with the current products on the market.
Don’t forget the hands!
Hand Lift – Our hands put up with a lot of abuse and often the resulting dry skin, wrinkles and sunspots are a dead giveaway about our age. If our faces can be rejuvenated why shouldn’t our hands? Well, now they can. Although it’s a fairly new procedure, some plastic surgeons are using a combination peel and soft tissue filler or fat injectable treatment to revitalize aging hands. The chemical peel softens the skin and eliminates brown spots, and then filler is injected in to the hands right below the skin, making them appear more youthful and wrinkle-free.
Minimally invasive treatments can be an affordable and effective alternative to plastic surgery procedures, but care is needed in choosing the right provider. Day spas around the country offer chemical peels and injections as part of their service menu but their training and knowledge of the product and technical expertise, if any, is often unknown. Cheeseburgers and fries should be listed on a menu, not Botox! Do research on your health care provider and make sure they’re board certified in a core specialty like plastic surgery, dermatology, or ENT before proceeding with any of these services.