Aging Skin and How to Treat It

Published on January 18, 2020

As we age, our skin starts to show wear and tear from weight fluctuations, sun exposure, gravity and more. These signs of aging can be in the form of wrinkles, scars, age spots, discoloration and sagging skin. Non-surgical skin resurfacing and tightening treatments can help to reverse these signs of aging, helping you look younger and healthier. However, some certain cases, surgery may be the best option.

What is skin resurfacing?
Skin resurfacing is performed using treatments that help to remove the damaged layers of outer skin, restoring a more youthful, healthy complexion by revealing the lower layers of skin and encouraging new skin cell growth. The “new” skin that is uncovered by resurfacing is tighter and fresher looking. Many skin resurfacing procedures encourage new collagen production, which is key to younger-looking skin.

There are many different methods for skin resurfacing to address different skin care concerns. Some skin resurfacing treatments should only be performed by a licensed medical professional, such as a nurse practitioner, physician’s assistant or medical doctor. These include deep chemical peels and ablative laser treatments. Other treatments like microneedling, light peels, and PicoSure facials, can be performed by a licensed medical aesthetician.

Non-surgical Face Lift
For those wanting a little lift but aren’t ready for surgery, a “non-surgical face lift” might be the answer. A non-surgical face lift usually combines dermal fillers and Botox to give the face a subtle lift and provide some tightening.

Ultherapy is a non-surgical treatment that can be used on many parts of the body to treat skin laxity. Ultherapy is a truly a revolution in non-surgical skin tightening and firming. Ultherapy uses ultrasound energy to reach deep below the skin’s surface in initiate your body’s own natural repair process. This results in the creation of health, new and strong collagen which lifts, tones and tightens the skin. Ultherapy also improves the skin’s texture and tone.

Hand Rejuvenation
To rejuvenate the hands, plastic surgeons often turn to dermal fillers or fat transfer. As the hands age, volume is lost exposing tendons and veins. Fat transfer and dermal fillers can be used to restore the lost volume. In addition, sun damage and age spots can really age the hands. Intense pulsed light treatments can be used to treat dark spots, resulting in younger looking hands.

Surgical Options
While non-surgical options can work wonders, there comes a point when a surgery may be the best answer. Frequently, surgery is done in combination with non-surgical treatments to further enhance the outcome. Plastic surgeons are able to lift and tighten many areas of the body. Perhaps the most well-known lifting surgery is the face lift. A face lift might just involve the mid-face, but many times it is done in conjunction with a neck lift and/or brow lift. For the arms and legs, lifts can also be performed to tighten loose and sagging skin. A tummy tuck removes loose skin in the abdominal region, resulting in a firmer, more youthful mid-section.

If you’re unhappy with loose or aging skin somewhere on your body, schedule a personal consultation with one of our award-winning, board-certified plastic surgeons, Dr. Peter Butler, Dr. Jocelyn Leveque and Dr. Nathan Patterson.

Gulf Coast Plastic Surgery is the only plastic surgery office in the area offering Canfield Vectra 3-D Imaging and Breast Sculptor software.