Medical Aesthetics and Aging
With Medical Aesthetics, we can age gracefully AND look good doing it. Medical Aesthetics includes any medical treatment that is focused on improving the cosmetic appearance of patients. These treatments occupy the space between make-up and skincare, and plastic surgery, and require a high degree of skill, training and knowledge of anatomy and physiology. Providing these treatments for people in different age groups requires an understanding of the process of aging, typical concerns people experience in different age brackets, and how to appropriately treat people at different ages so that the client looks like him- or herself, but better.
When done well, medical aesthetic treatments can minimize the signs of aging skin, and encourage youthful radiance; bright, open eyes; and plumpness of lips and cheeks.
What are Some Treatments That are Considered Medical Aesthetics?
Neurotoxins temporarily immobilize muscles of the face that cause fine lines and wrinkles. These include Botox brand and Xeomen brand neurotoxins, as well as others. Neurotoxins are typically used to minimize fine lines and wrinkles between the eyes ("elevens"), at the corners of the eyes ("crowsfeet"), and in the forehead. They are also used to 'flip' the lip, creating a fuller looking lip with fewer vertical lines.
Dermal Fillers are FDA approved products that create a smoother and/or fuller appearance in the face. By increasing fullness, the appearance of fine lines and deeper wrinkles is minimized. These include Juvederm brand and Radiesse brand fillers, as well as others. Fillers are typically used to fill deeper wrinkles, including the nasolabial fold (nose to outer corner of the mouth), as well as to treat age-related volume loss that can cause cheeks to flatten and skin to sag. Fillers can help add volume for lifting and contouring the cheek area.
Additionally, filler can help build structure and contour to the face. They are also used to add fullness to the lips, which softens the appearance of vertical lines.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is used in facial rejuvenation by stimulating collagen production and the production of new tissue. This requires a three-step process. First, the client's blood is drawn, these spun down in a centrifuge, and then the platelet rich plasma, which contains stem cells and growth rich platelets. When injected back into the skin, it accelerates the body's natural production of collagen and elastin to provide overall skin rejuvenation.
PDO Threads are dissolvable surgical threads that are inserted into the dermal layer of skin. In addition to lifting, PDO threads also stimulate collagen production. There are two types of threads, smooth and cogged. The smooth threads are to be placed in a grid-like pattern for a skin tightening effect. Cogged threads form a support that lifts sagging skin.
Medical-Grade Skincare, also known as cosmeceuticals, contain active ingredients that have been clinically proven to have a positive effect on skin. They are 99% pure. These products are generally found in medical offices. Go Skin Beauty skincare and make-up are created with clean formulations that are crafted with care to deliver real results using only safe, ethical, and sustainably sourced ingredients, that are kind to your skin and the environment. These products are certified: CRUELTY FREE
PARABEN FREE TALC FREE MINERAL OIL FREE SULFATE FREE PHTHALATE FREE
Chemical Peels are cosmetic treatments that are used to improve the appearance and feel of the skin and can be applied to the face, hands, and neck. They are used to treat wrinkles, discolored skin and scars — usually on the face. Chemical peels can be done alone or combined with other cosmetic procedures. And they can be done at different depths, from light to deep. Deeper chemical peels offer more-dramatic results but also take longer to recover from.
A Word About Bioidentica Hormone Replacement Therapy
Use of bioidentical hormones has been suggested to alleviate symptoms from dry, itchy, thin and fragile skin, as suggested in recent studies. These hormone treatments can increase skin hydration and reduce skin atrophy (Bioidentical hormone therapy in menopause: relevance in dermatology, January 2019, Dermatology Online Journal). Use of BHRT has the added benefit of disease prevention, mood stabilization, improved sleep, improved libido, as well as other benefits.
As we age, we lose subcutaneous (below the skin) fat, and the ability to create collagen. Additionally, the accumulation of sun damage results in what is commonly called age spots, dryness and wrinkles. While sleep, nutrition and exercise also help keep skin healthy, medical aesthetics visibly improves texture, clarity, fine lines, wrinkles, and gauntness. With medical aesthetics and Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT), you will not only look good, but feel good, too.
If you would like to know more about any treatments mentioned in this article, go to Advanced Weight Loss and Wellness (www.advancedweight.com) or call (423)616-0324. We would love to answer any questions you may have.