Do you find yourself staring into the mirror, inspecting your reflection for those telltale smile lines or crinkles around the eyes? If so, you’re hardly alone. Facial aging is a natural result of growing older, but many people see it as anything but natural. However, with advances in the medical field, cosmetic surgery has become a viable solution for people who want to slow down the signs of aging on their face, or even eliminate it. But if you’re not quite ready to go that route, there’s good news: there are many nonsurgical ways you can maintain a youthful appearance and slow the progression of lines, wrinkles, brown spots, and shadows.
Never Forget Your Sunscreen
Premature aging due to too much sun exposure is not a myth; it’s a reality. This is why it’s so important to wear sunscreen or moisturizer with SPF whenever you’re outside. Not only does wearing sunscreen keep sunburn at bay, but it can also do the same for wrinkles. Just make sure the sunscreen is broad spectrum, as this means it protects against both UVA and UVB radiation.
Consider a Retin-A Prescription
Retin-A is a medication that stimulates collagen production, improves skin elasticity, and exfoliates the top layer of the skin. It’s the only FDA-approved topical treatment for wrinkles, and it has been shown to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and stop new ones from forming.
However, many people get frustrated by the initial “peeling” period that occurs when starting Retin-A. This is why Dr. Bedi at Tampa Surgical Arts recommends starting with a low-dose Retin-A prescription and applying it every third day for three weeks. After that, you can apply it every other day for two weeks. Finally, your skin should be able to tolerate daily application. This slow buildup to daily application will give your skin time to adjust to this medication and receive its lifelong benefits.
Another trick that Dr. Bedi believes helps patients who start a Retin-A regimen is applying an SPF moisturizer after using it. This will protect your skin as well as prevent photosensitivity. He also cautions patients about applying Retin-A around any high-moisture areas, such as the eyes or lips.
Make a Microneedling Appointment
Microneedling is a nonsurgical procedure in which a fine-needle device is rolled all around your face, creating tiny holes on the top layer of your skin. Once complete, a serum will be applied to begin the healing process. This “controlled injury” stimulates collagen production to help smooth out wrinkles and fine lines.
You might also want to consider a medical spa procedure, like the ones featured at Tampa Surgical Arts in Tampa Bay, Florida. We provide many different types of injections, such as Botox® and JUVÉDERM®, at our clinic, and they will be administered by a highly trained professional. Interested? Contact Tampa Surgical Arts today to learn more.