All summer you’ve seen the warning signs about protecting yourself from the sun. As the season begins to wind down you realize you didn’t do as much protecting as you should have. Soon enough the effects from your unprotected fun-in-the-sun will begin to surface.
For whatever the reason many people try to avoid going to the doctor, no matter the specialty. We get it, it’s not at the top of your list of things you want to do, but there are some cases in which it is necessary to visit the doctor. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), “Dermatologists diagnose and treat more than 3,000 different diseases”.
So when exactly should you be seeing the dermatologist? We’ve included some circumstances of when it would be in your best interest to seek the professional help of a dermatologist.
The makeup trend of strobing has become extremely popular in recent months. What is it exactly? Strobing is basically another way of saying highlighting, a makeup technique artists have been using for years. The idea is to use illuminating products on the areas of your face where the light hits, to create a healthy looking glow. Some of the areas include: the highest point of your cheek bone, the tip of your nose, down the bridge of your nose, along your brow bone, above your eyebrows, and on the cupid’s bow of your lip.
One reason people sometimes avoid plastic surgery or a drastic cosmetic treatment is the cost. There are options for cosmetic treatments that can stay within your budget though and still make you look younger and more refreshed. Microdermabrasion, chemical peels, injectables like Botox, and fillers are all options that can all help you look younger and feel great about your appearance while staying within your budget.
Microdermabrasion is a fairly simple procedure that can remove various skin imperfections by exfoliating the skin. Uneven pigmentation can be removed leaving the skin looking tighter and younger.
Chemical peels are available in a range of strengths including superficial, medium, and deep. The peel chosen will be based on your specific situation and goals. A chemical peel can treat acne, rosacea, fine lines, and sun damage.
Injectables (Botox, Dysport)
Injectables like Botox and Dysport work by stopping the nerve signals that tell muscles to contract, which stops facial motions that cause wrinkles. An injection usually only takes 10 to 15 minutes and after you can continue with your day. The results of an injectable will typically last around three to four months.
Fillers (Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse)
Fillers like Juvederm and Radiesse eliminate wrinkles and folds by filling them in with a material that plumps up the area. They can also be used to add volume to lips or in the case of Juvederm Voluma to add volume to the cheeks. Frequently fillers are used to fill in the nasolabial folds, which can deepen with age.
A combination of treatments for your complexion like microdermabrasion and chemical peels with treatments for wrinkles and folds can get you a radiant and more youthful appearance. These treatments are all offered at our offices and our board-certified dermatologists can work with you to determine what the best treatments are for your particular appearance and goals.
According to a recent survey by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery those under 30 are increasingly turning to facial rejuvenation cosmetic procedures to get a head start on preventing wrinkles. Between 2012 and 2013 there was at least a 50% increase in wrinkle relaxer procedures and filler treatments for patients under 30. What treatments are popular and why are younger people getting them?
Those under 30 most frequently seek treatment for dark spots, discoloration, and sun damage. Using IPL (a laser technique) these discolorations can be diminished. A Fraxel laser can also be used to resurface the skin without leaving any scars and without any of the pain associated with traditional laser resurfacing. Chemical peels that remove sun damaged skin layers are another option.
Another treatment done on patients in their 20s is Botox as a preventive measure. By receiving Botox treatments before permanent lines develop between the eyebrows and on the forehead, the severity of these signs of aging that usually appear later can be reduced.
Plastic surgery procedures are often performed on patients in their 20s as well but these usually are unrelated to aging. Breast augmentation, rhinoplasty, and liposuction are all treatments undertaken by this age group.
If you’re under 30 but not ready to undertake a cosmetic procedure to improve the appearance of your skin you may want to consult with your dermatologist to develop a skincare routine that will keep your skin looking great as you age. The wide range of skincare products available to help exfoliate and moisturize your skin can seem daunting. A dermatologist can help you choose the right products and teach you how to use them correctly.