When You Should Begin Anti-Aging Treatments


November 22, 2015

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We hear it time and time again…”It’s almost like one day I looked in the mirror and wondered where all these wrinkles and brown spots came from!” That’s typically the moment most people decide to come in to discuss treatment options and skincare. Thankfully there are a lot of great products and procedures that can really rejuvenate ones appearance. But just like maintaining anything else of value, prevention is key.  So when is the best time to start anti-aging treatments? The answer is … yesterday. Ignorance is bliss until you wake up one morning looking much older on the outside than you feel on the inside.

 

When To Start A Skincare Regimen

Bottom line…the best time to start a good skincare regimen is as soon as possible! I wish I could go back and lather my old teenage self with sunscreen daily to prevent the sunspots that crept up in my mid-20’s. It’s important to at least use a quality sunscreen containing zinc and titanium oxide of SPF 30 or higher in combination with a potent antioxidant. Our best sellers are SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic and SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense sunscreen. When purchased together, we always include a 20% discount.

By your mid-twenties, when studies show collagen and elastin begin to decrease, you should be using retinol at night to stimulate the production of new skin cells and reduce the bodies natural enzymes that are to blame for the break-down of collagen. Retinol also helps reduce hyperpigmentation and discoloration in the skin.

The skin around the eyes is especially skin and prone to a phenomenon called solar elastosis, which essentially is the breakdown of collagen and elasticity. The under-eyes are one of the most popular areas patients consult with Dr. Thompson about for treatment at a later age so it’s best to start using an eye cream as early as your mid-twenties and to be diligent in applying morning and night. Our two best sellers are SkinMedica’s TNS Eye Cream and SkinCeuticals A.G.E Eye Cream.

 

When To Start In-Office Skin Treatments

A series of chemical peels to exfoliate the skin and further enhance collagen and elastin production is great at any age, though patients with more advanced signs of aging will get better results with stronger skin-resurfacing treatments such as micro-needling with PRP or a fractional CO2 laser treatment. But chemical peels in your 20’s, 30’s or 40’s will help brighten the skin, reduce pigmentation and fine lines, and even out skin tone. To keep up the results you achieve from your chemical peel treatments, it’s important to exfoliate with an exfoliating cleanser and/or clarisonic a few times per week to keep dead skin cells from accumulating on the surface of the skin.

 

When To Start Injectables

Injectables, such as Botox and dermal fillers, can also be used as preventative treatments. Botox is the best injectable to start with to address the first sign of wrinkles in the forehead, between the brows, or around the eyes. But starting in your 20’s or 30’s before any wrinkles have begun to form in the skin will prevent them from ever doing so if you are consistent with treatment. Many dermal fillers, such as Juvederm, can be used in the folds around the mouth or under the eyes to soften lines and keep them from becoming permanently etched into the skin. With consistent use, injectable treatments can eventually be spaced further apart as muscles weaken over time with Botox and dermal fillers stimulate collagen production int the skin on top of just filling in wrinkles.

 

When To Go Under The Knife

This one is a personal decision that you can evaluate the need for after consulting with Dr. Thompson. Preventative skincare and injectable treatments typically prolong the need for surgery but gravity, genetics, and other factors may eventually leave you with a level of facial and neck laxity that you are not happy with. Having been consistent with an anti-aging regimen in the past will ensure the best results possible outcome following any surgical procedure.

For more information on anti-aging treatments and prevention, call (801)777-2220 for a consultation in Layton or Draper, Utah. We also offer Skype consultations for out-of-town patients.

 

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This post was written by Jenny Yergensen

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