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The Best Version of You for the Holidays

By Jennifer David, DO

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With the holidays right around the corner, Schweiger Dermatology Group providers stress that now is the time to turn your attention to yourself before the busy season sets in. Plan now to give yourself the gift of youthfulness, says Dr. Jennifer David of SDG in Bala Cynwyd, PA.

“I consider aging to be a privilege,” Dr. David said. “However, I also think that we don’t have to look the part! With the help of neurotoxins, fillers, and laser treatments, stepping into this year’s holiday party looking like the best version of yourself is only an office visit away. I recommend working with your dermatologist to plan your look now.”

 

Understanding How Faces Age

The aging face is the result of three main factors, as Dr. David explains: Volume loss from loss of fat and bone, hyperpigmentation from accumulated sun damage and fine lines/wrinkles from loss of collagen and elastin. These effects start to take place in our early 30s and progressively worsen depending on one’s genetics and environmental factors, including smoking and a history of sun exposure.

 

How to Keep Aging at Bay

Your dermatologist may recommend an injectable drug that can help create a look that is more youthful. “Today’s dermatology providers have many different options for helping patients achieve their goals and will often use a combination of therapies.”

 
Here are a few cosmetic that Dr. David recommends understanding:

  • Neurotoxins (Botox, Dysport, Xeomin): Neurotoxins are used to weaken muscles and minimize dynamic lines, and are injected directly into the muscle. The most common locations for treatment are on the frown line, crows’ feet, and on the forehead lines.
  • Traditional Hyaluronic Acid Fillers: These are soft gels, which can be injected into the skin to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, plump lips, fill out cheek hollows, and repair other facial imperfections. They work by filling out the space below the wrinkles, replacing lost fat. They can be injected into the dermis or subcutaneous layer of the skin, depending on the filler and the treatment goal.
  • Lasers: Intense Pulsed Light laser systems utilize various wavelengths of light to attack different structures below the skin. (i.e. blood vessels and pigment). Treatments with this laser improve the appearance of rosacea, sun damage age spots and broken capillaries. Fractionated laser technology stimulates collagen and is a non-invasive procedure that improves acne scars, stretch marks and your skins overall appearance with little downtime.

 

You – Just Better

Combined with the experience that only a dermatology provider can offer to patients, these therapies have proven effective in helping patients achieve a look that is natural, more youthful, and achieves their goals.

“Depending on your age and personal preferences, it is not uncommon for patients to utilize a combination of the aforementioned treatment options to get their desired results,” Dr. David explains. “These are just the tip of the iceberg as far as tools and techniques available to today’s practice of dermatology, but they offer a great starting point for any patient who is exploring his or her options for maintaining a youthful look.”

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