Age spots, wrinkles and sagging skin are all common problems of aging. They're caused by a combination of factors like sun damage, gravity, and collagen depletion. Luckily, our defenses against aging have been strengthened by years of research and with the help of an aesthetic physician, there are many options to help keep us looking our best.
If you want to fight wrinkles, light therapy is one of the latest and most exciting developments. Demonstrated today on The Doctors, LightStim sells several devices, including an anti-aging hand held light device. This device uses a mixture of amber, red, and infrared LED lights to treat wrinkles, age spots, and several other skin conditions. It is most important to stick with the program and be consistent if you want to see results. The LightStim should be used for 20 minutes a day for at least a few weeks. It's completely painless and is used in the comfort of your own home.
Another tool that your aesthetic physician has available are injectables. Botox and fillers can be used in combination to either plump out wrinkles or block the muscles from tensing and causing wrinkles. Dr. Drew Ordon of The Doctors demonstrated a procedure for the marionette lines around the mouth that can turn the corners of the mouth down and make you look tired or angry. With a combination of fillers to bring the lines up to level and Botox to help the corners of the mouth turn back up, the physician can make those lines nearly disappear.
There are more aggressive treatments available as well that still help you to avoid the operating table. Laser resurfacing with a device like Fraxel can really help improve age spots and wrinkles, and even provide a little skin tightening. For a more dramatic tightening effect though, turn to Reaction by Viora or Thermage which use radio frequency energy rather than laser light to heat the dermis and stimulate collagen growth.
Whatever your anti-aging needs, talk to your physician to determine the best course of treatment. Just like all medical procedures, aesthetic treatments aren't one size fits all, so work together and discuss your expectations to find your best course of action.