Skin Rejuvenation Overview
As the skin ages, changes including wrinkling, sagging, thinning, and age spots can occur in the face. Over time, collagen (which keeps the skin firm) and elastin (which helps the skin bounce back) decline due to the natural aging process and can be accelerated by sun damage. This decrease in collagen and elastin leads to skin laxity, wrinkles roughness, pigment changes, reduced radiance, and a loss of moisture.
In addition, dermal fibroblasts, which are fat cells under the skin, help give the face volume, definition and shape. However, these areas of closely packed skin cells in the cheeks and upper face tend to lose volume over time, changing the structural support of the facial skin and further diminishing the youthful appearance of the face.
Methods for Facial Rejuvenation and Restoring the Natural Fat Pads in the Face
While changes to the skin are inevitable over time, there are a wide range of natural options available to rejuvenate facial skin, restore the natural fat pads of the face and ultimately achieve a more youthful appearance.
Dermal fillers are gel-like substances that are injected beneath the skin to restore volume and enhance facial contours. Dermal fillers can also lift areas of fat loss, and this can restore facial fullness and balance to achieve a more youthful look. The injections are made precisely to reach both superficial facial fat pads, as well as areas of dermal fat, which provide more support, and thereby reduce sagging.
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Neurotoxin injections, such as Botulinum toxin type A, are the single most popular cosmetic procedure in the U.S. to help smooth wrinkles and fine lines. These injections are more commonly known under brand names such as Botox Cosmetic®, Dysport®, Xeomin®, and Jeuveau ®. These treatments work by blocking nerve impulses to the muscles, causing them to relax. When used in the face, these injections can help soften repetitive facial movements such as frowning or squinting, which cause wrinkles and fine lines. Neurotoxin injections have been found to be extremely effective in minimizing the appearance of wrinkles.
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Over time, our skin’s outer layers show wear with wrinkles, scars, age spots and discoloration. Skin resurfacing treatments help to address these signs of aging, promoting a younger and more rejuvenated look.
Skin resurfacing treatments are designed to remove the outer layers of skin, which are the most damaged, revealing healthier-looking skin beneath. The treatments also promote new skin cell growth, and thus a more youthful complexion. Skin resurfacing treatments include:
- Laser Skin Resurfacing
- Chemical Peels
- IPL Photorejuvenation
Cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Zeena can work with you to discuss skin resurfacing treatments that may be best suited for your needs.
Topical skin products can also be used to address mild to moderate skin concerns. Creams, serums, and masks are all available options.
Skin rejuvenating creams and serums moisturize skin and contain active ingredients that a help target the effects of aging on the skin. These ingredients can include:
- Retinoids – Vitamin A compounds such as retinoic acid and retinol, which reduce wrinkles and fine lines
- Hydroxy acids – Such as alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) and polyhydroxy acids, which gently exfoliate the outer layer of skin and encourage new skin cell growth. AHAs include glycolic acid, lactic acid and citric acid
- Hyaluronic acid – Promotes moisture retention in the skin
- Niacinamide – An antioxidant closely related to niacin (vitamin B3) can help improve the appearance of wrinkles, encourage skin elasticity, and promote moisture retention
- Peptides – Naturally-occurring molecules that help stimulate the production of new collagen and promote a smoother skin texture
- Grape seed extract – Containing anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants, in addition to promoting collagen production
- Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) – Protects skin from wrinkles and surface damage
- Green, black and oolong tea extracts – These have anti-inflammatory characteristics and contain antioxidants
- Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) – An antioxidant that protects skin from sun damage and free radicals, as well as encourages collagen production
- Vitamin E – Also known as alpha-tocopherol, this works together with Vitamin C to promote a smoother, more rejuvenated look
Skin-rejuvenating face masks offer more potent delivery of active ingredients with anti-aging properties to encourage collagen production.
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Dr. Zeena is at the forefront of minimally invasive anti-aging cosmetic dermatology treatments. When you seek flawless skin and rejuvenation via non-surgical methods, we at New Orleans Aesthetics are here to help you determine what treatments are best suited for you and your unique skin needs. Call us today to set up a consultation.
At a Glance
Dr. Zeena Al-Dujaili
- Double board certified in dermatology and Mohs Surgery
- Fellowship trained in cosmetic dermatology
- Authored several chapters in clinical textbooks and peer-reviewed publications
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