With your class reunion fast approaching, the good news is that your classmates have been aging just as long as you have. The even better news is that several techniques can bring you that most beloved greeting of all: “You haven’t aged a bit!”
Horrified because your skin has begun to sag around your neck and jowl? Have lines on your forehead turned your face into a permanent scowl? Are there discolored patches, not only on your face, but also trickling down your neck and chest?
Or perhaps you’re years away from these significant signs of aging. Maybe your lips simply aren’t as full as they once were, or you’ve noticed fine lines around your eyes.
Whether you want a minimal “tune-up” or dramatic improvements, non-surgical, non-invasive treatments can give you a natural younger appearance in time for your class reunion.
Plump Away Those Wrinkles with Dermal Fillers
Although it varies among treatments, dramatic and immediate results are often achieved with dermal fillers that replenish the naturally occurring substances that give structure and volume to your skin. These fillers are FDA-approved for injection into the mid-to-deep dermis to correct moderate to severe wrinkles and folds. Here are some of the fillers that can make you look younger:
Radiesse® works by temporarily adding volume to facial tissue and restoring a smoother appearance to the face. Made from calcium hydroxylapatite, which occurs naturally in the body, Radiesse dissipates more slowly in many patients’ systems, meaning its wrinkle-reducing benefits last longer.
Juvéderm® fillers were created by Allergan, the 60-plus-year-old medical company that gained FDA approval for its revolutionary wrinkle-reducing Botox® over 10 years ago. Juvéderm is available in two formulations: Juvéderm Ultra XC for versatility in contouring and volumizing facial wrinkles and folds in the skin, and Juvéderm Ultra Plus XC, a robust formulation for volumizing and correcting deeper folds and wrinkles, allowing treatments tailored to your unique volume needs.
Restylane® is made from hyaluronic acid, a substance the body naturally produces that is also used in Juvéderm. It’s injected into facial tissue to smooth wrinkles and folds, especially around the nose and mouth. Effective for many areas, Restylane is especially noted for its ability to add fullness to your lips.
Relax Those Wrinkles Away with Botox®
Botox® is perhaps the best-known of the cosmetic prescription injectables. While dermal fillers make muscles disappear by adding volume, some wrinkles result from muscles that are continuously contracted or tense. Botox works by relaxing those muscles, thus making the wrinkles less prominent or invisible.
A skilled anti-aging physician will know how to use injectables to give you a natural, younger looking face and neck. These treatments are effective within minutes to days of your first treatment and last from a few months to up to year, or more.
Laser Facials Rejuvenate & Tighten Skin
Research has pinpointed how different light wavelengths affect precise elements of the body, and led to the ability to use finely calibrated lasers to address a multitude of skin imperfections. Among the amazing breakthroughs: using laser facials to treat deeper layers of the dermis to tighten the skin, eliminate wrinkles and erase flaws on the skin’s surface.
Pearl® Laser Rejuvenation can provide striking single-treatment results. Using unique laser wavelengths, this technology can treat both the outermost and deeper layers of the skin in just one or two treatment sessions. The basic Pearl treatment improves surface skin problems, including fine lines, discoloration, large pores, sun damage, and uneven skin tone or texture, while the Pearl Fractional® laser facial penetrates the deeper skin layers to improve more challenging conditions such as deep, stubborn lines around the mouth and eyes. Areas that can be treated include the face, neck, décolletage and hands.
The IPL Photofacial minimizes uneven pigmentation, rosacea, broken capillaries, acne scars, fine wrinkles, bags under the eyes and large pores. IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) therapy uses a patented Florescent Pulsed Light system to rejuvenate and refresh your skin and even your skin tone. It also dissolves broken capillaries, making them disappear as your body absorbs them.
Titan® Skin Tightening is a non-surgical facelift alternative that uses infrared light to tighten skin and reverse the signs of aging. Titan laser treatments work by heating the natural water in your dermis, your deepest layer of skin, inducing natural collagen production. Titan facelifts can tone and tighten facial skin, returning it to more youthful contours and is also effective on lax skin around the jawline and neck, upper arms, abdomen and thighs. One laser skin tightening session may produce significant results, but more sessions may be required for optimum benefits.
Customized Treatment Plans Bring the Best Results
There are many remarkable alternatives to turn back your clock for a younger, yet natural appearance. Your anti-aging physician will work with you to customize a program that will give you noticeable results before your reunion.
Some areas to discuss with your anti-aging practitioner include how quickly treatments take effect, what you’ll feel during and after the process, how long the benefits last, whether potential redness or swelling will mean you have some “social downtime” post treatment, and any existing allergies, prescriptions or medical conditions.
To improve your overall health along with your appearance, ask your practitioner about healthy weight-loss alternatives like the HCG diet and vitality-boosting treatments like HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy).