Each stage of life brings about changes, some desirable and others not. When undesirable physical changes appear, you don’t have to embrace them. Whether you are just starting high school and want to get rid of acne that’s popping up or you’re in your fifties and menopause is accelerating your aging symptoms, there’s a treatment ready and available to get you where you want to be.
The board-certified dermatologists at Millburn Laser Center in Millburn and Springfield, New Jersey specialize in medical and cosmetic dermatology treatments for people of all ages. With the largest number of lasers and devices in the area, we are able to provide the right treatment for your needs and goals, as well as combine therapies to achieve the best results for your unique skin, all in our comfortable office.
What Happens As We Age?
With age comes many physical changes like bone loss, fat depletion and repositioning, muscle contraction, and skin laxity. These changes create external symptoms like facial hollowing, stubborn fat deposits, wrinkles, and sagging skin. Knowing the underlying reasons for these aging symptoms can help you understand the best treatments for combatting them. It might sound counterintuitive to add filler to contour a jawline, but when you know fat depletion is what’s causing your features to be less defined, a dermal filler makes sense.
Every year, we lose 1% of collagen, a protein in the body that firms, volumizes, and smooths our skin. Elastin fibers also keep skin tight, and these start to fragment over time. Losing collagen and elastin fibers are the main reasons that aging symptoms appear. While everyone ages at different rates due to genes and environmental factors, the causes behind aging are generally the same. Below, you can find some treatments that will help you age gracefully and at your own pace.
Treatments for Teenagers
Teenagers aren’t concerned about looking older than they are, but having healthy, glowing skin is a priority. Eczema, rashes, psoriasis, and acne can all plague teen skin. In fact, 85% of the more than 50 million people in the US who have acne are teenagers. Consistently cleansing your face may treat mild acne, but cleansing alone is not enough to completely rid your face of breakouts. During a consultation with one of our dermatologists, you can receive a custom treatment plan to target what’s causing your acne. We might prescribe you a medication, and for more severe symptoms, we may recommend a chemical peel, dermabrasion, or laser skin resurfacing.
20s: Changes Just Beginning
A few changes may begin appearing in your 20s that you might want to correct, or you may simply want to enhance your features. Fat may reposition itself into the submental area (under the chin), and we offer Coolsculpting in our Millburn, New Jersey office to freeze away this fat deposit and give you a desirable contoured jawline.
Your skin may also begin to show discoloration and other issues. These changes are due to sun exposure and other environmental factors from your first 18 years of life. Melasma and other discoloration caused by the sun can be treated with microdermabrasion, dermabrasion, chemical peels, laser treatment, and light therapy. You may also have scars left behind from acne, and we can treat them with our Fraxel Dual 1550/1927 or VBeam lasers.
Enhancing features like the lips is popular during this decade of life. We offer the Restylane Kysse lip filler to define and plump your lips. Only our board-certified dermatologists inject fillers at our New Jersey office, so you can feel confident you are receiving the amount of filler you need with precise placement. We provide beautiful, natural results so you can leave feeling confident, not overdone.
30s: Aging Becomes Noticeable
Muscle changes during this decade of life can lead to dynamic wrinkles appearing on your forehead, around your eyes, and in between your eyebrows. You might also notice more of your gums showing when you smile. Neuromodulator treatments such as Botox, Xeomin, Dysport, and Jeuveau can be used at this age to diminish dynamic wrinkles and prevent them from worsening. Studies show that those who start neuromodulator treatments early develop fewer or less severe wrinkles in the future. Botox may also be used to treat a gummy smile.
This may also be the time to fill in developing fine lines with dermal fillers. We can use a precise amount of filler to correct even fine lines on the face and neck. Dermal fillers may also be used where volume has been lost due to bones shifting and shrinking, like in the cheeks and under the eyes.
Finally, your skin’s decreased speed in cell reproduction may result in a dull skin tone. Laser skin resurfacing and superficial chemical peels in our Millburn, NJ office can refresh and brighten your skin.
40s: Aging Symptoms Intensify
The aging signs that were becoming apparent in your 30s are now intensifying in your 40s. Fat pads are shrinking in areas like your midface, and fat is likely repositioning to create issues like jowls. Dermal fillers can fill in hollow areas and create a balanced jawline, minimizing the appearance of jowls.
Skin laxity along the jawline and neck will also likely appear. Microneedling and medium peels can all improve skin firmness to reverse more significant aging symptoms.
50s: Menopause Acceleration
For women, menopause will accelerate the aging symptoms that have already been showing. Increased bone loss and fat pad shrinkage will lead to further hollowing of the face and deepening of marionette lines and nasolabial folds. Dermal fillers can address wrinkles around the mouth, and you can maintain your results with regular treatments. Laser resurfacing and deep chemical peels can rejuvenate the skin on your face and neck. With our large number of lasers and light devices, we can select just the right one for your skin’s needs. The more advanced your aging symptoms, the more likely you’ll need a combination of treatments to achieve desired results. Our dermatologists can create a custom treatment plan for your needs and goals during your consultation.
60s and Beyond
The most common cosmetic aging symptoms you will experience in your 60s and beyond are sagging skin, volume loss, and spider veins. Microneedling treatments can tighten your skin and correct a crepey-looking décolletage. We may recommend the Morpheus8 device, which uses radiofrequency (RF) energy to accomplish this.
For spider veins, we use a vascular laser, or VBeam, which is a pulsed dye laser that targets the hemoglobin in the blood and selectively destroys extra blood vessels without damaging the surrounding skin cells, making it an effective treatment for spider veins.
As you continue to age, our dermatologists will be available every step of the way to listen to your needs and combine treatments to give you the best results, no matter your age.
Schedule A Consultation With A Dermatologist to Discuss Your Beauty Goals Today
No matter what decade of life you are in, the dermatologists at Millburn Laser Center in Millburn, New Jersey are here to help you be the best version of yourself. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.