Non-Invasive Skin Rejuvenation: Myth vs. Fact

Every week patients come to us looking for guidance on non-invasive treatments to refresh and rejuvenate the skin. We find that many patients are apprehensive when first learning about their options. This often stems from misinformation and sometimes from seeing celebrities that appear “overdone.” We hope to demystify some of the treatment approaches here.

There are four major tools used in non-invasive rejuvenation of the face: neuromodulators (aka Botox), fillers, lasers, and skincare products. Each of these does something different, and so they are frequently combined to achieve desired results. Every patient is an individual. At our practice, we take care to develop a customized approach that works for a person’s goals, schedule, and budget.

The most common neuromodulator is Botox. This medication works by relaxing the muscles underlying the skin, and as a result, softening the overlying wrinkles. Botox is placed under the skin using very small needles, and for most patients, results last about five months. Most commonly, Botox is used to treat the forehead, “crow’s feet,” and in between the eyebrows. Patients find that treatment lightens serious looks like scowls or frowns, lessening the appearance of looking frustrated or mad.

Filler is a scary word for a lot of people bringing up images in their heads of celebrities with “clown cheeks” or “duck lips.” At our practice, we teach our patients that when these products are used correctly, they appear refreshed and not fake. As the name suggests, filler is used to add volume to an area where a patient may have lost it over time. By replenishing the natural volume that a person has lost during the aging process, we end up with a subtle but vibrant result. Modern fillers, such as the Juvederm family of fillers we use, are made of hyaluronic acid. This is a sugar found naturally in the skin, making these products well-tolerated and safe.

Treating underneath the skin with Botox and fillers is powerful, but it does not treat the skin surface color and texture. This is where lasers come into play. Lasers can address concerns such as redness, brown spots, wrinkles, or scarring. These state-of-the-art devices can treat skin surface irregularities and create a smoother, more even tone. Each device is different and used to target specific color or textural concerns.

Finally, skincare products can be used to brighten the skin, reduce age-related changes, and protect the skin from environmental insults. Prescription-strength topical medications and cosmeceuticals can be tailored to meet individual patient goals and achieve desired results. For this reason, starting with high-quality, scientifically-proven products guided by an analysis of your skin is the fastest and most efficient way to find the best products for each person. At our practice, we also incorporate licensed estheticians to help create personal home skin care regimens.

To learn more about non-invasive skin rejuvenation, consult a board-certified doctor specializing in Plastic Surgery or Dermatology. These two specialties are trained in the appropriate technique, anatomy, and the art of performing these procedures. Your doctor is there to educate and empower you about your treatment options. Above all, they should make you feel safe and comfortable as you explore this exciting and rapidly evolving field.