Aging is a normal process for all of us, yet some of us wear our age better than others. Wondering what can be done to minimize the effects of aging? Read on for some anti-aging advice from your Fort Collins Medical Spa- Advanced Aesthetics of Northern Colorado!
One treatment for aging is a skin-resurfacing treatment called CO2 fractional laser therapy. It combines the effectiveness of traditional carbon dioxide lasers and a new application technique to offer powerful results without harsh side effects. Laser resurfacing uses beamlets of energy light to create tiny holes in the skin, which stimulates the body’s natural collagen production. Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing prevents damage to the top layer of skin during this process, which offers maximum results with minimal recovery time.
Another anti-aging treatment is anti-wrinkle injections, like Juvederm (which we offer!). Fillers can be used to volumize skin anywhere on the face, so a youthful look can be achieved without surgery! Unlike a face lift, which pulls the skin tight, volumizing injections plump up the skin in a natural way. Juvederm leads to robust collagen production and also interferes with collagen breakdown, so you get a filling effect with an increase in collagen production, too!
A simple anti-aging breakthrough is antioxidants, found in fruits and vegetables! They fight aging by destroying free radicals, the unstable molecules occurring from sun exposure or pollution that can break down the skin’s collagen supply. Topical antioxidants, such as CoQ10, Vitamins C and E, and the coffee berry, can improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles!
Another way to stimulate collagen production is through peptides- small proteins! Peptides can produce a mild Botox-like effect, inhibiting release of neurotransmitters that keep facial muscles from forming wrinkles. They can act like growth factors, stimulating skin cells to make quick turnover.
Vitamin A is another great anti-aging treatment! It can be applied as prescriptions like Retin A or Renova, but also in weaker strengths in over the counter products listed as retinol. Retinoids- derivatives of vitamin A- work on aging skin by increasing collagen production and decreasing collagen breakdown.
Anti-aging sunscreens are another great way to handle aging skin. Helioplex, which is a new technology that makes sunscreen ingredients more effective, and Mexoryl SX, which is a new protective agent in anti-aging sunscreens. Both defend against the aging effects of UVA rays.
Let us help you make a skin care plan, with your budget in mind! Schedule a complimentary consultation now!