We perform hundreds of beauty treatments in the San Antonio area every month. As we meet new clients, it is natural to hear questions that pertain to the results they can achieve with their treatment of choice. Questions often elude to the idea that a single treatment or even a single series of treatments can do the trick; that aging will be sufficiently handled in one fell swoop. This isn’t the way beauty works. The more we can understand the nature of cosmetic aging, the better we can meet the skin’s never-ending demands.
Risks and Rewards of Your Beauty Routine
Many people rely on the latest skincare products to maintain their skin. Some pamper their skin with all-natural, homemade creams and lotions. These are good ideas but they will not work long-term. For the skin to look younger at any age, it is vital to stimulate the fibroblast cells that live in the dermis. The dermis is a deeper layer of tissue left untouched by topical products. To rely solely on topical solutions, then, is to risk experiencing the signs of aging earlier and more severely over time. To obtain lasting rewards, we must wake up those sleeping fibroblasts!
The fibroblasts are cells that produce collagen and elastin. Collagen is the protein that makes the skin firm and resilient. Elastin is the protein the gives the skin bounce. Bounce is necessary. Without it, the skin will sag. What many people don’t realize is that fibroblasts go to sleep around age 30. However, even without their production of collagen and elastin, the skin continues to use stores of these proteins at a rate of 1 to 2% annually. That means that, every year, the skin degrades by up to 2%. Between the ages of 30 and 40 alone, this can contribute to several beauty concerns.
Many of the beauty treatments that are available today target the fibroblasts. Microneedling is one example. Radiofrequency treatments and laser resurfacing are others. However efficient these treatments are at stimulating fibroblasts to produce more collagen and elastin, though, these cells will go back to sleep within 4 to 6 months after a series of treatments. This is why we cannot look at beauty treatments as once-and-done events. To get the full reward of a solid skincare regimen, that regimen must continue as long as our skin is aging.
Are you interested in slowing down your cosmetic aging process? Contact our La Casita or Sonterra office to explore the many technologies that can help.