Updated: Jun 15, 2019
Is that drooping skin on your upper eyelid frightening you? Are you missing out on social events due to those embarrassing fine lines and folds? As we age, age spots, wrinkles, fine lines and other signs of aging appear. Smoking, alcohol consumption, sun exposure and other lifestyle factors can also contribute to this appearance. Thanks to this high-tech era that you no longer have to accept aging as the way of your life. There are many cosmetic surgery procedures available to you that can help restore a younger appearance to your face. If you are looking to reverse the signs of aging, here are some of the facial rejuvenation treatments that can take years off your aging skin:
Chemical Peel - Chemical peeling is a procedure in which an acid solution is applied to the skin, which exfoliates the dull and damaged outer layer. It improves the look and feel of the skin, reduces dark patches, freckles, and age spots. It is also used to treat certain types of acne and improves the appearance of mild scars. It successfully treats wrinkles caused by aging and sun damage, reduce fine lines under the eyes and around the mouth. It is a 15-minute procedure and there are little to no side effects. It is recommended to wear a sunblock every day as the skin is temporarily more sensitive after a chemical peel. It is counted as superficial rejuvenation as you will continue to acquire lines by squinting as you age or new sun damage can also reverse results. There are many aggressive treatments available if you are looking for long lasting results.
Laser Skin Resurfacing - Laser skin resurfacing is a known cosmetic procedure in which a laser is used to send short, concentrating pulsating beams of light, which dissolves the molecular bonds of the damaged skin cells layer by layer until a smoother and more uniform skin layer is achieved. This treatment successfully rejuvenates both the superficial layer of the skin and deeper tissue. It works effectively to treat fine lines or wrinkles around or under your eyes, mouth or forehead, remove liver spots, blotchy patches, and scars from acne or chickenpox. The recovery of this treatment depends on the type of laser that is being used and the size of treated area. Common side effects include moderate irritation, swelling and redness.
Microdermabrasion - It is a popular non-invasive procedure that uses a spray of microcrystals to exfoliate the blemished and dull outer layer. It boosts the production of the new layer of skin cells, which gives you a fresher and glowing skin. It works amazingly to treat minor scars, skin texture problems, clogged pores, uneven pigmentation, sun damage, age spots, and wrinkles or fine lines. It is not recommended for people who have active acne, warts on face and deep scars. The treatment takes about 30-40 minutes with little to no discomfort. It works great for those who have sensitive skin and sunblock after a Microdermabrasion is mandatory due to increased skin sensitivity.
Dermabrasion - It is an exfoliating technique that uses a diamond wheel or a wire brush to remove the outer layers of the skin. The wheel or brush is rotated rapidly, this process creates an injury to the skin and causes it to bleed. As a result, new skin grows to replace the damaged skin, which eventually minimizes the appearance of fine lines and scars. This treatment can effectively be used to treat age spots, sun damaged skin, fine lines around the mouth and scars caused by surgery or acne. Side effects include temporary redness and swelling. You may be able to see the results over the next three months.
Dermal Fillers - Dermal fillers are naturally (hyaluronic acid) or synthetically derived material that is injected directly into the skin in order to plump that area to the point where the fine line, fold, depression or wrinkle is gone. It works excellently to treat wrinkles caused by sun exposure or aging, facial lines and laughter lines. It is used to fill out depressions under the eye area, enhance cheeks for a better shape, plump thin lips, and adds volume and smoothen out the deep creases that run from the nose to the mouth. The effects can last anywhere from six months to two years with no downtime.
Botox Injections - Botox is derived from botulinum toxin type A and blocks chemical signals that cause muscles to contract. Botox boosts production of collagen and elastin, which make your skin tight, firm and flexible. A thin needle is used to inject Botox and the treatment takes about 10 minutes with no downtime afterward. It is effectively used to treat frown lines, fine lines between the eyes and at the base of the nose. Side effects include redness, swelling and irritation, but they are temporary. There is no recovery time as such and you can get back to your normal routine on the same day.
Consult your dermatologist to find out which procedure works for you. It is really important that you only consult a dermatologist who has extensive experience in performing facial rejuvenation.
Skin Care Tips for your 40s
As we age, the production of estrogen and progesterone slows down and our skin cells produce less sebum which is responsible for keeping skin soft and elastic. The skin starts showing major signs of aging in the 40s and can make your skin problems (wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, larger pores and loss of firmness) more visible on your skin. Your surface skin cell regeneration process also slows down a bit, leaving you with dull and less glowing complexion. With the right skin care daily routine along with a balanced diet and the right products, women in their 40s can look as vibrant as in their younger years.
Follow CTM routine - Cleanse your face with a cleanser based on your skin type and wash your face with cool water after that. Follow up with a toner and do not forget the neck area. Apply a moisturizer once the toner has dried. Use SPF based moisturizer during the day and a moisturizing night cream at night. Buy a moisturizer with peptides or antioxidants as it will help enhance surface skin cell development and reduce the appearance of fine lines. It can also boost hydration and glow your skin’s appearance.
Eye Cream - The skin around the eyes is ten times thinner than the skin on the face. It needs loads of hydration to stay tight and remove fine lines. In our 40s, the skin beneath the eyes begins to wear out and lose its elasticity. Use an eye cream with Vitamin A, C, and E to reduce the appearance of wrinkles or fine lines and diminish the look of hollowing around the eyes.
Exfoliate - Regular exfoliation can help you get rid of dead skin cells, giving you healthy and glowing skin. Exfoliation also enables your skin care products (serums, moisturizers, and sunscreen etc.) to penetrate better. Do exfoliate in the morning as our body rejuvenate itself overnight and avoid undue exfoliation as it can make your skin red and flaky. Go for exfoliators with AHA (alpha hydroxy acids), they are suitable for all skin types, particularly for sunburnt skin.
Wear Sunscreen Every Day - Prolonged sun exposure is the number one cause of skin aging, especially in the 40s. So, do wear sunblock with an SPF of 30 or more to protect yourself from strong UV rays. Always wear a scarf or hat to cover up and avoid going out in the peak hours between 10 am to 4 pm.
Take 7-8 Hours of Sleep - Cellular renewal of our skin is fastest at night and for the same reason, night creams can do wonders as they can penetrate better. When we are asleep, our cells rebuild and repair themselves and skin make new collagen, which prevents sagging. 4-5 hours of sleep can cause twice as many fine lines as sleeping 7-8 hours would. So, remember to take plenty of sleep every day.
Do Not Smoke - Smoking is the 2nd biggest cause of skin damage after sun exposure. Smoking narrows blood vessels, which reduces blood supply to the skin and can cause loss of collagen and changes in skin elastin fibers. It accelerates aging, which makes smoker look 1.4 years older than a non-smoker. Those pleasant puffs are certainly taking away your treasurable years from you.
Don’t Forget Your Neck - Neck area is often neglected, but you may see the effects of sun damage and aging in this area once you are in your 40’s. Apply sunblock, moisturizer, and lotion regularly to the neck area to prevent premature aging.
Stay Hydrated -