Aging is a normal and natural life process, but looking older than you feel no longer has to be part of the equation. If you want to keep your energized, refreshed appearance throughout the years and decades — while avoiding surgery as much as possible — you have more options than ever.
The downside is that more options can actually be more confusing. Everyone you speak to has a different opinion about whether the most effective and natural-looking rejuvenations come from lasers, injectables, or other therapies.
Daniel Lebowitz, MD, a wellness and aesthetics physician here in Philadelphia and Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, believes that the reason you get so many answers is because the best answer is different for everyone. He provides a brief rundown of some common skin issues that come with aging, as well as the therapies he offers at World Wellness Health Institute to remedy them.
Fine lines and wrinkles
Lasers or injectables, or a combination of both, can ease away wrinkles through a variety of mechanisms. You may consider treatment for any of these facial areas or skin issues:
Forehead and eye corners
If you have wrinkles or furrows on your forehead, between your brows, or at the corners of your eyes, the most effective treatment to smooth them out is the injectable neuromodulator BotoxⓇ. Botox works by relaxing the dynamic muscles on your forehead and around your eyes that press your skin into wrinkles. Once the muscle is relaxed, your skin smooths out over the muscle and your wrinkles fade.
Lip area or under eyes
A thin dermal filler made of hyaluronic acid (HA) such as Juvéderm’s VolbellaⓇ smooths out the tiny lines around your lips. Dr. Lebowitz may also use Juvéderm to fill in tiny lines underneath your eyes.
Overall wrinkles and crepey skin
When the skin on your face, neck, or decolletage is crepey, thin, or wrinkled, rejuvenating laser therapy is your best option. Lasers improve the quality of your skin by heating up the skin to promote the formation of new collagen and elastin. After Dr. Lebowitz renews your skin with lasers, it looks tighter, and as collagen and elastin are renewed, it becomes smoother, silkier, and more evenly toned.
Deeper creases and folds
Nasolabial folds and marionette lines can make you look sad or tired. Dr. Lebowitz uses the HA fillers in the Juvéderm collection to plump up those hollowed lines, refreshing your look in just minutes.
When we’re young, our skin is moist, thick, and pliable owing to a plentitude of collagen, elastin, and HA. With time, these key building blocks of skin diminish, as does the underlying layer of fat that gives a youthful plumpness to the face.
Replacing lost volume with HA fillers not only compensates for that loss, but these injectable therapies also create a slight lift that remedies early sagging. The Juvéderm family of dermal fillers can be used on a number of facial areas:
Dark circles and deep hollows under the eyes can be filled in with Volbella. Adding more volume to the cheeks with Voluma can also help lift away skin from eye hollows.
Midface, cheeks, and temples
Voluma is the best filler for restoring larger areas, such as the midface, cheekbones, and temples. Voluma creates more youthful contours and provides a subtle lift.
Adding just a slight amount of volume to your lips with Volbella instantly brightens your look. Dr. Lebowitz is an expert injector who uses Volbella to reshape your lips, create more symmetry, and add volume.
Uneven, dull skin and age spots
If you’ve noticed age spots, sun spots or dullness, laser skin resurfacing removes discolorations, evens out your skin tone, and improves the overall quality of your skin. Depending on your needs, Dr. Lebowitz either chooses a nonablative laser, which has no downtime, or an ablative laser that removes the top layer of your skin and leaves your face a bit pink for about two weeks.
Lasers not only treat the surface of your skin — removing dark spots and smoothing scars and wrinkles — they also initiate collagen remodeling in your deepest skin layers. Your skin looks and feels brighter, smoother, and thicker.
Excess fat underneath your chin makes you look heavier and older than you are. Dr. Lebowitz treat double chins with KybellaⓇ. This injectable treatment administers a substance that helps break down fat, which is then disposed of through your body’s natural systems.
When your face, jowls, and neck look droopy, Dr. Lebowitz first recommends laser therapy to stimulate the production of new collagen and elastin, improving your skin quality, thickness, and tone. Dr. Lebowitz may also advise building up lost volume with dermal fillers, such as Voluma.
Combination therapy using both injectables and laser therapy is usually the best strategy to remedy the signs of aging. To talk with Dr. Lebowitz about building your own custom-designed, anti-aging regimen at World Wellness Health Institute, contact our office by phone or use the handy online booking form.