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Are you tired of looking in the mirror only to notice wrinkles, sagging skin, and other premature signs of aging staring back at you? If so, then you’re not alone. Each year alone, people in the United States spend more than a combined two billion dollars on anti-aging skin care products. By better understanding what causes premature skin aging, what treatments are available, and when to see a professional, you can work towards achieving more youthful and healthy-looking skin.
It typically doesn’t come as a surprise that sun exposure is the number one cause of premature skin aging, yet people tend to do so little to protect their skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays on a daily basis. Specifically, the sun’s rays break down the elastin within the skin while also stunting collagen production, both of which are needed to keep skin wrinkle-free and full. Some other common causes of skin aging include:
You probably know the signs of aging if you’ve seen them for yourself in the mirror. However, some of the most common signs of premature aging reported by both women and men alike include:
No matter what signs of aging you’re currently battling, there are treatment options that can help restore your youthful looking skin.
Fortunately, no matter what signs of aging you’re currently battling, there are some potential treatment options that can help restore your youthful-looking skin. These can generally be performed by a reconstructive surgeon or dermatologist, depending on your needs.
These days, fillers and injections are becoming an increasingly common option for drastically reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. These fillers typically consist of a large concentration of hyaluronic acid (which is FDA-approved), which is then injected into a shallow layer of skin around crow’s feet and other fine lines to fill out the area and reduce their appearance. These fillers are ideal for smaller lines and wrinkles and, because they’re not injected deep into the skin, are less prone to side effects such as swelling and bruising.
If you’re dealing with an uneven complexion that’s making you appear older than you are, you may want to consider an acid peel as a means of evening out your skin tone and restoring that natural, youthful glow to your skin. With just one treatment, you can remove years of damage from the top layers of your skin and reveal a more even, consistent complexion that you can be proud of.
Radio frequency treatments work to tighten sagging skin and add firmness to wrinkled skin by delivering concentrated radio frequency waves deep within the skin itself. These waves then cause fissures within the skin that are known to stimulate the body to produce more collagen, which in turn causes the skin to tighten up. These treatments can be used over the course of several months to deliver optimal results in areas such as the neck, face, knees, and even the arms.
If you’re thinking about having any of the above procedures done on your skin to achieve a more youthful appearance, then you’ll want to begin by consulting with a skin care professional, such as a plastic or reconstructive surgeon. Of course, if you suspect your prematurely aging skin could be caused by an actual skin condition, you may want to see a dermatologist before having any cosmetic procedures done. From there, you can take the steps necessary to protect your skin’s health in the long run.
For more information on taking care of your skin, visit the Revere Health blog today.
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This information is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. You should always consult your doctor before making decisions about your health.