Many factors contribute to aging skin. They include sun exposure, lifestyle, gravity and time. Visible changes of facial aging are lines, wrinkles, cheek droop, hooding of the upper eye lid, sagging neck and jowl formation. The facial aging process begins with changes on the surface of the skin and the tissue and structures below the surface. It not only includes the skin, but the fat, muscle and bone as well. Having the right amount of fat in all the right places creates a youthful look.
As we age, there is a redistribution, accumulation and atrophy of fat that can lead to facial volume loss. The forehead and cheeks are areas that lose fat while the mouth and jowl tend to gain fat. The fat pads in the face move further apart with age which makes them appear as separate structures creating contour deficiencies in the facial appearance.
Significant bone loss also occurs with age which may be due to bone expansion and resorption. Bone resorption leads to volume loss. Bone provides necessary structural support, and without it, there will be visible changes in the soft tissue and skin. Aging also brings a significant reduction in collagen and the skin becomes thinner, dryer, and less elastic.
Age related collagen loss weakens your skin’s inner structure, reducing its ability to maintain elasticity and moisture. Underlying changes that occur include the decline in collagen production, weakened collagen fibers and the loss of elasticity. The loss of collagen is a key factor in the aging process.
At Jordan Valley Dermatology we are happy to offer BTL Treatments and Sculptra Aesthetic. Both treatments initiate the body’s natural response to stimulate the growth of new collagen and strengthen the weak collagen to help lift, tighten and increase overall facial volume.
The BTL treatment is the only non-invasive procedure FDA-cleared to lift the skin on the neck, under the chin, on the eyebrow, as well as to improve lines and wrinkles on the chest (décolletage). It is a nonsurgical ultrasound treatment for lifting and toning the skin as well as rejuvenating and strengthening the collagen.
BTL bypasses the surface of the skin to deliver focused ultra sound energy at optimal depths, temperature and precision. Also unique to BTL is the use of ultrasound imaging, which allows the practitioner to visualize the layers of the tissue being treated to ensure that energy is being safely delivered to where it will be most beneficial. This energy initiates the body’s own natural response to strengthen weak collagen and stimulate fresh new collagen growth. The new collagen growth gradually rebuilds the dermal matrix lifting and tightening the skin. Results are gradual (4-6 months) and can last up to two years.
Sculptra Aesthetic is an injectable treatment made from poly-L-lactic acid. It has been used in Europe since 1999 under the name of New Fill. It was approved by the FDA in 2004 for the treatment of facial wasting especially in AIDS patients. Sculptra adds volume and reduces the appearance of wrinkles and folds and is often preferred to other dermal fillers because of its longer lasting results.
Once injected, Sculptra Aesthetic begins working deep within the skin to stimulate the skin’s own natural collagen production, reinforcing inner structure and restoring volume. Unlike dermal fillers, which only address lines, wrinkles and folds, Sculptra addresses collagen loss and skin structure. Sculptra works gradually over time with results that can last more than two years.
BTL and Sculptra complement each other very well! Multi-layer tissue stimulation occurs in the combination of these two non-invasive treatments. The stimulation of new collagen growth and strengthening of weaker collagen are what produce skin tightening, lifting and volumizing. Individually, each treatment provides its own antiaging effects, but together the results over the next several months will be gradual, natural and amazing with long lasting results.