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Love The Skin You're In

By: Dr. Berggren
Topics: General
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Over time, your skin can lose its youthful glow due to sun exposure and your body’s natural aging process. As a result, your body may develop sun spots, fine lines, and lose that natural healthy glow.  There are several things that one can do to bring back radiant skin without downtime.

Laser Treatments

A Halo fractional laser treatment is perfect for just about everyone. Halo is the world’s first hybrid laser that simultaneously delivers both non-ablative and ablative wavelengths over the skin. An ablative laser has long been considered one of the most effective treatments for improving the signs of aging. By removing the outer layers of damaged skin, the skin is forced to heal, increase collagen production and restructure, making way for tighter, rejuvenated skin but requires a recovery and downtime of 1-2 weeks. A non-ablative laser treatment is far less invasive as it heats up the outer layers of the skin, but doesn’t remove them. A non-ablative laser treatment is popular for patients who need to return to their everyday lives right after treatment, however a series of several treatments are needed to achieve desired results. The Halo hybrid fractional laser focuses energy on the deeper collagen layer of the skin leaving the surface of your skin largely intact for a quicker healing time. It delivers the results of an ablative procedure with little to no down time, like the non-ablative treatment.  The Halo is the best of both worlds for improvement of fine lines and wrinkles, pores, hyperpigmentation from sun damage, uneven skin tone and age spots and acne scars. 

Injections

Neurotoxins (BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport®) are prescription medications that are injected into muscles and used to temporarily improve the look of both moderate to severe crow's feet lines and frown lines between the eyebrows in adults.  These areas have long been a source cosmetic concern for patients and they love the natural look of BOTOX® when done correctly. Dermal fillers (RADIESSE®, JUVÉDERM® XC,  JUVÉDERM® Voluma® XC, Sculptra™, etc.) fill the lines, creases or an area with a substance to give a more youthful appearance. They can also be used as volumizers to plump and lift cheeks, jawlines and temples or fill out thin lips. Both treatments are very fast and easy. 

Proper Skin Care

Loving your skin wouldn’t be complete without a good skin care routine. The above treatments are like getting a personal trainer whereas good skin care is like going to the gym every day. Routine use of sunscreen, incorporating a retinoid and/or epidermal growth factor products to induce collagen production, using anti-oxidants (like a Vitamin C)  to “mop-up” free radicals and sun damage, and using a chemical exfoliant (like glycolic acid) to remove dead skin cells are all so important to a graceful aging process and having radiant skin.