As we age, changes in our face are derived from both intrinsic (heredity) and extrinsic (environmental) factors. Thanks to new technology we here at Renovus Medical Spa are able to repair these changes to begin restoring a more youthful appearance. Today I will discuss the intrinsic (heredity) changes and their treatment. The most significant change seen is brought about by facial volume loss of fat pads, bone, elastin and collagen so dermal fillers are the treatment of choice to revolumnize.

A raisin or prune can be restored to a more oval shape by rehydrating and not by stretching its skin; similarly volume loss in our face is corrected by refilling and not by surgical alteration.

A raisin or prune can be restored to a more oval shape by rehydrating and not by stretching its skin; similarly volume loss in our face is corrected by refilling and not by surgical alteration. While any filler can be used most will degrade rapidly and are not effective for long term results. Bellafill is the only FDA approved permanent filler and its effects often last 7-10 years. The amount needed for total correction varies from patient to patient so a consultation is necessary to determine your needs. The results are instantaneous so a gradual controlled reshaping back to a more youthful appearance can be obtained. A younger rather than a different you is our goal. Lift and support with reflation is the desired end result.

Likewise, our lips begin loosing volume, become thinner and develop lipstick or smokers lines. The new Restylane Silk is the perfect filler to soften and subtly shape early changes. For more volume Restylane gives the support necessary to reshape a very thin unflattering lip for a more kissable you.

Last week I discussed treatment of intrinsic (heredity) aging. Today I will talk about extrinsic (environment caused) skin damage and the ways it can be treated. Most of the significant severe changes are due to excess sun damage, specifically UVA and UVB damage. The damage builds up over the years causing age spots, wrinkles, rough dry skin, sagging, large pores, and texture changes. Any treatment begins with the proper sunscreen for prevention and the use of effective skin repair products to reverse these signs of aging. We can tailor the exact products that most effectively address their issue.

Microdermabrasions are a good early treatment for mild disease and we often include chemical peels to cause surface changes. For more significant damage microneedling has been successfully used because of its effectiveness, minimal discomfort and very little downtime. More severe damage is best treated by Laser CO2 resurfacing. The results are better than that obtained with less aggressive treatments but it does have more discomfort and downtime. At your visit we can decide the most effective treatment. Repair your skin don’t hide or camouflage your defects.

For loose sagging skin we offer radiofrequency tightening. By heating the skin to a certain temperature for 7-10 minutes we can cause the collagen to shrink and draw up which helps result in a lifting tightening procedure. This also has minimal discomfort or downtime and can be easily worked into a busy schedule. While a surgical facelift can give you more tightening it also is more expensive, painful, requires downtime, and will leave permanent scars. Before undergoing this you may want to consider a nonsurgical alternative as your first choice.