Let’s face it…age isn’t kind to our skin. Years of sun exposure – especially in areas like southern California – can leave their mark in the form of fine lines, wrinkles and discoloration. But according to Los Angeles cosmetic surgeon Dr. Robert Abergel, some of the damage can be reversed.
The first step in the process is to slow the pace of further damage by staying out of the sun and wearing adequate sun protection whenever you’re outside. You should completely cover any exposed skin with a sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher. You can double the protection by wearing sun-protective clothing and a wide-brimmed hat.
Many people living in Southern California love their healthy-looking tans, which can ultimately have unhealthy consequences. Some people mistakenly feel that if the damage is already done, why worry about protection from sun exposure now? The reason is simple: The past damage has made your skin even more vulnerable to cancer from any new sun damage.
In addition to protecting yourself from the sun, your Los Angeles cosmetic surgeon suggests dermal fillers and neuromodulators to minimize existing wrinkles and age spots. Neuromodulators – such as Botox, Dysport and Xeomin – are injections that relax the muscles that typically create the appearance of wrinkles when you smile, frown or laugh. These products also help to remove frown lines, forehead lines and sometimes crow’s feet.
Dermal fillers are injections administered by your Los Angeles cosmetic surgeon that plump up sagging areas of skin. They’re often used to soften the “laugh lines” that run from the side of the nose down to the mouth.
Often these two treatments are used together to enhance and prolong their individual effects. Both techniques are safe, and come with few side effects. (To keep seeing results, however, you’ll need to return for repeat sessions.)
Chemical peels are also used to strip away the outer layer of damaged skin and it needs to be repeated every few weeks or months to continue showing an effect. Microdermabrasion uses tiny exfoliating crystals to remove the top layer of skin and reveal the smoother surface below.
Los Angeles cosmetic surgeon Dr. Robert Abergel knows a lot about how aging and lifestyle can damage your skin, and about how to repair some of that damage. If you’re interested in making your skin look years younger call our office today to schedule a complimentary consultation.