Addressing the 3 Ds of Aging
As more and more of you look to non-invasive technologies and treatments to address the signs of aging, Aurora Med Spa is determined to offer the best non-surgical cosmetic treatments available on the market for improving skin texture and quality without significant downtime or risk.
In this article we have categorized the aging process of fat loss, loss of collagen, loss of bony structure to the face, and skin damage into the 3 Ds of aging: Damage, Deflation, & Decent. And we intend on helping you Define aging on your terms and Defend against the signs.
Let’s define the issues:
External environmental factors such as diet, hormones, alcohol consumption, cigarette smoking, and sun exposure have all been associated with contributing to an accelerated appearance of aging. Sun damage is the leader. Sun damage is responsible for almost 90% of the visible changes attributed to aging. The top concern here is skin cancer development of course, but sun damage is also responsible wrinkles, loss of skin elasticity, sun spots and broken capillaries. Smoking is probably the second greatest offender here as it will accelerate damage exponentially. In addition to changes in these habits, there is value in consuming a diet rich in foods that are particularly potent sources of nutrients and antioxidants.
As we age, we begin to lose fat pads located in key areas of the face. Areas such as the temples, cheeks, under the eyes, and the chin are often affected by this fat volume loss. In addition, we lose bone as we age. This bone loss causes our eye sockets to get wider creating a more sunken appearance. The bone along our upper and lower jaw becomes more recessed, creating jowls and the loss of lip definition as well.
When we reach our mid-40’s we stop naturally producing collagen, fibrin, and elastin in our skin. As a result, our skin becomes thinner and won’t snap back as easily as it once did.
The combination of these three Ds results in a scenario where we no longer have the fat and bony scaffolding available to hold our skin in place and the loss of skin elasticity allows gravity to take over. The good news is that we can intervene in the aging process to keep our skin looking youthful as we age.
Let’s Define & Defend
So what can we do to defend against the effects of aging? First off, try to limit the external, damaging factors we mentioned above — sun exposure, eating poorly, smoking, and yes, even drinking. The sun’s UV rays don’t discriminate against cloudy, chilly, or rainy days. Though UV rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., it’s important to know that they can affect you at any time, in any condition. So be diligent in applying a broad spectrum sunscreen year round. The other three, well, you know what you gotta do…
At Aurora, we have done our homework, to bring you the newest available treatments for anti-aging. We can help you reverse sun damage with state-of-the-art technology in our St. Louis offices. An IPL photofacial can be a dual treatment against damage and deflation. Some patients undergo IPL to boost collagen production and help tighten the skin naturally, while others use the treatments to fight rosacea, melasma spots, and sun damaged skin. We also use lasers for skin resurfacing in our spas and can help you decide on what procedures are most suited to you.
To correct deflation, we can add dermal fillers for various areas of the face.
- Juvéderm Volbella® XC is designed to plump the lips and minimize the appearance of fine lines around the mouth.
- Restylane Refyne is FDA approved for treating lines that run from the sides of your nose toward the corners of your mouth and as a dermal filler for lip enhancement in patients over 21 years.
- New to the American market in April, 2017, Juvéderm Vollure XC® is used for correction of moderate to deep depressions such as nasolabial folds and can last up to 18 months!
- Restylane Defyne is a hyaluronic acid dermal filler approved to last up to 18 months from initial treatment of moderate to severe nasolabial folds as well. We will consult with you to determine which filler is best suited based on your individual skin care concerns and regimens.
- Juvéderm Voluma XC® is the first and only FDA-approved filler to correct age-related volume loss in the mid face.
- For the decent or volume loss that creates hollow troughs under the eyes, we can treat with softer hyaluronic acid fillers by Restylane or Juvederm to add volume.
For combatting decent we’re proud to offer the Elite MPX, technology that uses combined energies to effectively and gently tighten your skin. This laser technology heats the dermal tissue within the target treatment area. This stimulates collagen production and produces a firming effect in lax skin.
The treatments at Aurora Med Spa in Des Peres and Chesterfield, MO can help fight this trifecta of aging. Let our staff help you take years off of your appearance, make your skin tone more radiant and even, lift, tighten, and add volume back to your face. It is important to note that Rome wasn’t built in a day. Your skincare regimen will require routine maintenance, but the results we can achieve are long lasting and remarkable.
We are happy to begin showing you how our treatments can help you define your aging process on your terms and begin defending against the signs in order to maintain a youthful appearance. Schedule your free consultation with us today.