Historically, anti-aging treatments have revolved around correcting the various signs of aging. At a certain age, a man or woman may consult with a cosmetic surgeon about ways to smooth and lift the skin, reduce dark spots, and look youthful. Today, anti-aging may mean something other than chasing after every little wrinkle. Instead of looking for remedies to problems that have already developed, the new trend is to prevent them from developing too early.
Up through our teenage years, the body holds a nice amount of fat in the places it is most needed. This is especially relevant to facial structure. Collagen strands are also strong and resilient during the first two decades of life. As early as our twenties, though, this all changes. The effects of UV exposure begin to take hold in tissues below the superficial surface. Collagen starts to deteriorate ever-so-slightly in part due to this exposure and in part due to biological maturing in the body. We don’t see the consequences of these changes until sometime during our thirties, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start to address them sooner.
Our skin benefits from the earliest possible action. Ideally, in early childhood. During the formative years, what does the skin the most good is sunscreen? UV damage can occur at any time and has a cumulative effect.
By early adulthood, skincare should be more personal than the average, broad-spectrum sunscreen. In addition to high-quality (medical grade) cleansers and moisturizers, young adults should also benefit from occasional treatments aimed at exfoliating and nourishing the skin. Examples include chemical peels, microneedling, and fractional laser treatments.
Injectable cosmetic drugs like Botox and fillers live in the anti-aging category of skin care. However, these products can be quite valuable to the young adult. Botox is becoming popular among millennials who are interested in postponing lines and wrinkles on the forehead and around the eyes. Kybella is an excellent solution for submental fullness, a problem that, if it exists earlier, only worsens as the skin ages. Injectable treatments are the icing on the cake for a younger person who is involved in a well-rounded skin care regimen.
Learn more about the cosmetic skin rejuvenating treatments available in our New York offices. Call us in Midtown or Chelsea for friendly assistance.