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Balance Your Beauty – Part 2 How Today-s Lasers Restore Your Skin Layer By Layer
Whats the first thing you look for when youre checking your face for aging? Most probably, its wrinkles. Previously, our incomplete comprehension of the aging process led us to focus on wrinkles as the primary sign of agingand to attempt rejuvenation through surgical stretching of the skin and injection of short-lasting fillers such as collagen. With time came the realization that, although this removed wrinkles, it often made patients look doneand scarredrather than younger. This old approach has been compared to stretching out a raisin and filling in all its tiny wrinkles, only to find that it still looks like a raisin.
Now, we understand that aging is primarily caused by volume loss, decreased skin elasticity and muscle over-activity. Todays minimally invasive cosmetic surgery actually corrects these changes and re-contours your face, neck and other areas, so that you truly look younger. This new approach is like re-plumping the raisin so that it becomes a grape again. You may never need to go under the surgical knife unless you have hanging folds of skin. Instead, you can harness your bodys own abilities to rejuvenate itself with no scarring and little or no down time.
Your skin has three layers, arranged on top of each other. Lux 1540 fractional laser resurfacing and Lux IR infrared skin tightening are revolutionary new technologies that stimulate the middle and lower layers of your skin to re-volumize and tighten from within by producing new collagen with no down time. This removes wrinkles, discolorations, scars and loose skin from your face, neck, arms, abdomen and elsewhere. The Lux 1540 fractional laser is an advance over Fraxel, and achieves equivalent results to invasive carbon dioxide or erbium laser treatment with no recovery time. The Lux IR laser is a painless and more effective alternative to Thermage (Thermacool). The finishing touch is to remove spider veins, sun spots, acne and prominent pores from the uppermost layer of your skin with the newest IPL photofacials, which utilize “third generation” technology for superior results in minutes with no pain or side effects.
An expert cosmetic surgeon can actually lift your face naturally and beautifully by combining state-of-the-art lasers with todays longer-lasting fillers, Restylane and Juvedermpure biosynthetic forms of the hyaluronic acid that naturally supports your skin and is lost with time. Recent research shows that they may also stimulate your skin to produce collagen. Restylane and Juvederm fill under-eye hollows, gaunt cheeks and lines around your mouth, and restore fullness to thinning lips. Your own natural fat restores youth to bony, veined hands. An expert surgeon can also relax overactive muscles and safely smooth out your frown lines, worry lines, crows feet and neck lines with tiny amounts of Botox, while preserving your natural facial expressions.
The key to the best results is to select a board certified skin expert who is actively involved in teaching and research, understands the new, layered approach to rejuvenation and has the skill and artistry to address your own unique pattern of aging. With todays technology in the right hands, you can achieve radiant, youthful skinand a perfect balance at any age between how you look and how you feel.
Next month Part 3 Six Strategies for Success with Cosmetic Surgery