Life is better with a BFF, right? We all benefit from knowing our best friend forever will be by our side through thick and thin. Just as our social and emotional life can be enhanced just by hearing our Bestie’s voice, our skin also has a lot to gain from having its own kind of BFF.
As much as we have come to know about good skincare and sun care practices, our skin may still be lacking in getting the full treatment it needs to thrive. One of the most common questions people have when they visit one of our San Antonio offices is “how can I look better?” We get it. Once the skin starts to show the signs of aging, it’s like it just doesn’t want to stop. This is because multiple things are going on beneath the surface.
Muscles have become perpetually tense due to the same contractions occurring day after day.
The sunlight has caused damage far below the epidermis that has finally made its way to the surface in the form of spots.
Loss of volume in facial fat deflates the contouring of the mid-face and expands the width of the lower face.
Lack of vital proteins results in weaker, less elastic skin.
Enter Your Skin’s New BFF: Botox, Fillers, and Fractional Laser Treatment
Botox is not only a wrinkle reducer but also a general muscle-relaxer. Injections of this purified protein have been given therapeutically for years and are now the most popular cosmetic solution to the signs of aging. The lines that form between the brows and around the eyes are there because we have spent years squinting, laughing, frowning, and making other facial expressions. The creases are so familiar that they become etched at some point. Until Botox is introduced. With a few injections, the muscles responsible for lines and creases become relaxed and smooth. This allows the skin to do the same. Bye-bye, frown lines!
Where Botox works on the muscles, fillers are used to replace the volume that is lost with age. Fillers are used when the downward slide of facial fat pads has caused nasolabial folds, jowls, flat cheeks, and other concerns. Injections of hyaluronic acid or another biocompatible substance plump superficial tissue to smooth lines and creases. A bit more product and the cheeks and the lips can be made more defined and contoured.
Fractional Laser Treatment
Fraxel Dual is a short treatment that is intended for a variety of benefits. Laser resurfacing is not a new technique, but it is one that has undergone some improvements. Fraxel works by delivering fractionated beams of light to the skin. The tiny beams are less aggressive than a singular, intense laser beam but still very effective at prompting tissue and cellular renewal. Fractional laser treatment not only improves the appearance of the skin by correcting sun damage, but it is believed that this technique also likely reverses aging at the molecular level.
Our skin is multidimensional. Aging is multifaceted. To address the signs of aging, most of us will eventually combine treatments to meet the various changes in the skin. To explore the treatment options available to you, schedule a visit to our Sonterra or La Casita office.