They say aging isn’t for the faint of heart, but if we’re lucky, it will happen to us all. As we grow older, the skin’s appearance changes in a number of ways, though med spa treatments may help limit some of the effects of age.
Structural Skin Changes
Collagen is a substance present in all layers of the skin, giving skin its elasticity and strength. The aging process and sun exposure reduce our skin’s collagen production. A reduction in collagen changes the skin’s texture and appearance, making it less supple and causing it to sag.
The epidermis, the skin’s outer layer, thins over time, appearing paler and developing a papery texture. High sun exposure areas of the epidermis experience pigmentation changes and age spots often result.
Protecting your skin from the sun is vital in reducing or preventing damage.Laser resurfacing can heal sun-damaged skin, along with other med spa treatments like facials and chemical peels to exfoliate the outer layer, removing dead skin cells. These treatments also stimulate collagen production, reducing the appearance of fine lines and discoloration and evening out skin tone for a smoother, youthful appearance.
The skin’s inner layer, called the subcutaneous, stores the fat responsible for giving our faces their youthful plumpness. As we age, we lose this fat, and facial muscles have a greater impact on our skin’s surface. As a result, lines and wrinkles appear and deepen.
BOTOX® can temporarily relax the facial muscles that create dynamic wrinkles, and dermal fillers can restore volume to affected areas of the face, diminishing the appearance of expression lines and wrinkles.
Though nothing will completely stop the aging process (unless someone finally discovers the fountain of youth), med spa treatments can help us all to grow old a bit more gracefully.