As skin ages, it naturally loses some of its underlying tissues as well as collagen and elastin. Collagen is the material that provides plumpness while elastin helps minimize wrinkles and lets the skin spring back into the place. When elastin and collagen decrease, the skin begins to sag around the cheeks, chin and neck, and wrinkles become more evident in the forehead and around the eyes, nose and mouth. However, many people who are in their 40s, 50s or even 60s are simply not ready for a major surgery to correct these issues.
Cosmetic Procedures without Plastic Surgery
Minimally invasive and noninvasive techniques can be used to improve the look of aging skin without general anesthesia, without operating room costs and with only minor downtime. While the results may not be as drastic as something like a facelift could provide, many of these techniques can create smoother, softer skin that appears to be plumper and have a better texture than it once did. These techniques can also decrease or remove age and sun spots from the hands and face.
- One of the most effective options for any area of skin that is showing the signs of aging is microdermabrasion. This technique uses a handheld mechanical device along with a specialized spray to rub away the top layer of skin using friction. Older adults who have damaged their skin by spending too much time in the sun can particularly benefit from this option. This is a very light option that is practically painless and requires no recovery time.
- Another similar option is a chemical peel. Both of these options can be found in many spas. However, Dr. Tavoussi has plenty of experience and knowledge in these procedures, ensuring that Orange County patients have peace of mind. A chemical peel uses a chemical exfoliation rather than a mechanical one to remove the top layer of skin, revealing softer, smoother skin.
- Micro-needling is a newer technique that uses many tiny needles to place minute holes into the dermis. The body then heals these areas by creating new collagen and elastin, making the skin suppler and smoother in the process.