In your 20s, skin is generally free of the signs of aging. Start a medically supervised treatment plan now to protect your skin from the harmful effects of sun and environment.
Proper cleansing, moisturizing, and use of a broad-spectrum sunscreen daily will help ward off early wrinkles and enlarged pores. Mild peels and topical treatments may help control acne. Botox® injections can prevent lines and filler agents such as Restylane®, Radiesse®,and Juvéderm™ can be used to fill out smile lines and augment lips.
For unfavorable size and shape of body features, surgery may be in order. Breast augmentation, breast reduction and other aesthetic procedures can often be performed. Liposculpture and body contouring may also be an option.
Decreased firmness and skin elasticity are a natural part of aging. Introducing anti-oxidants into your skincare routine can help prevent sun damage that leads to lines and age spots. Also, alpha hydroxy acids in conjunction with retinoids and topical antioxidants can restore a youthful appearance to the skin.
Non-invasive laser procedures may improve fine lines, brown spots, and broken blood vessels. Botox® injections can diminish laugh lines and create a smoother forehead. Fillers like Restylane®, Radiesse®, and Juvéderm™ can be used to fill smile lines and augment lips.
Many women find that the rigors of motherhood have an undesired effect on their appearance and confidence. For this group, tummy tucks, breast lifts, and breast augmentation are popular procedures.
For those in their 40s, damage caused by sun exposure become apparent. More aggressive skincare can help combat the visible signs of aging. A combination of topical solutions like tretinoin (Retin-A), AHAs, and BHAs, along with microdermabrasion brings the best results.
There are many procedures available to smooth and tighten skin. Photofacials, chemical peels, and topical treatments are effective in decreasing the signs of aging as well as minimizing pore size. Fillers like Restylane®, Radiesse®, and Juvéderm™ can help restore volume in the mid-face and fill smile lines. For upper face and forehead lines, Botox® injections may be in order.
For those who choose the surgical route, face, brow, eye and neck lifts are very popular procedures.
By age fifty, regular skin examinations by a certified aesthetician or plastic surgeon are essential.
Maintaining natural moisture is more difficult. Peels and light therapy in combination with ultra-hydrating home care can help maintain the balance. Laser resurfacing combined with fillers to restore volume can provide an impressive rejuvenation.
In all likelihood, more extensive facial rejuvenation and resurfacing procedures will be necessary at this stage. Depending on your appearance goals, comprehensive surgery can reverse signs of aging in the face, brow, mid-face, and neck areas. A facelift or brow lift in conjunction with laser resurfacing can yield dramatic results. The payoff for more invasive surgery is a natural, more supple look that is virtually undetectable.
LASER SKIN RESURFACING
Do you wish that you could renew your complexion to make it smoother and more evenly toned? If the answer is yes, then laser resurfacing may be a good option for you. At the Royal Centre of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Dickie uses a carbon dioxide laser to smooth the facial skin and eradicate deep lines and wrinkles. It also corrects areas of uneven pigmentation caused by pregnancy or sun damage. The result is a fresher, smoother complexion.
Is Laser Resurfacing right for me?
You may be a good candidate for laser resurfacing if you have fair, healthy skin and have deep lines, especially around the eyes, vertical lines around the mouth, facial scars caused by injury or accident, scars caused by acne, age spots and lines on the cheeks caused by sun damage.
During your physical evaluation, Dr. Dickie will evaluate the quality, thickness and colour of your skin. Laser resurfacing is usually performed under local anaesthesia. Before the resurfacing begins you’ll be fitted with protective eyewear to shield your eyes throughout the procedure, an Ultra Pulse carbon dioxide laser is then used to resurface the skin. After the procedure, Dr. Dickie will apply topical creams and cleansers to the treated area. At the Royal Centre of Plastic Surgery, each patient receives detailed, post-operative care instructions for managing home care during the two-week healing process.
You are likely to experience some mild to moderate swelling. If required, prescribed medication can help you stay comfortable.
Although everyone heals at a different rate, you can expect to be bright pink in colour for the first few weeks. You can safely apply mineral makeup to your face after about two weeks. You may be able to return to work, depending on how you feel, after two to three weeks.
After a month, the redness will start to fade, and you will begin to appreciate your improved appearance. In the months following treatment, it is essential to protect your face from the sun until all the colour has returned to normal. Once the skin is healed after two weeks, our patients are instructed to apply the Obagi Nu-Derm corrective creams to accelerate the rate at which the skin rejuvenates.
Contact the Royal Centre of Plastic Surgery for more information on laser resurfacing and other possible cosmetic enhancements that you might be considering and to schedule an in-depth consultation with Dr. Dickie. Let us help you achieve your desired look. We are committed to helping you look and feel great.