For many years it has been said that prevention is the best medicine. This statement rings true whether we are discussing disease prevention with healthy diet and exercise, or whether we are pondering ways to manage our aging process. At Riverside Medical Arts, patients receive the one on one attention they need to meet their goals for health and wellness. When it comes to facial aging, there are a number of common solutions that are excellent forms of prevention.
Just a few decades ago, the idea of rejuvenating the facial aesthetic with an injected substance, a mild toxin no less, was virtually unheard of. What is interesting to know is that the botulinum toxin that is the base for Botox Cosmetic was a common therapeutic treatment long before we knew what it could do for wrinkles, and it still is today. The muscle release that occurs when this substance blocks nerve signals facilitates comfort for individuals with certain muscular disorders. It also releases tension in the muscles that cause cosmetic concerns such as frown lines, worry lines, and crow’s feet.
Facial aging is largely a consequence of volume loss. When we look at our skin, we do not typically consider that there is a matrix that lies beneath it, lending support. Subcutaneous tissues rely on water, collagen, and elastin. Each of these chemicals breaks down in response to the aging process, as well as exposure to ultraviolet rays, a.k.a. sunlight. Dermal fillers are often formulated with hyaluronic acid, a biocompatible substance that draws in water to smooth lines and wrinkles.
Collagen therapy comes in numerous forms today. This is advantageous because the old-school way of restoring collagen was to inject this very substance, which often came from an animal stores. For that reason, it was necessary to perform allergy testing prior to cosmetic treatment. Today, the common method of restoring collagen is to stimulate the body’s natural production. This may be done with an injectable solution, or with laser and light therapies.
Aging is going to happen. That does not mean that you have to accept the cosmetic consequences. For friendly care in St. George, call 435-628-6466.