Grades of Aging
It is no secret that our appearance changes as we age. Those changes represent the struggle that people have with aging and the challenges that people face overcoming age-related skin issues. This article defines the six grades of aging and suggests some of the products that help undo the skin issues associated with each stage of aging. In short, this is a product guide that helps you look younger than you are. Which stage of aging are you in?
The Youthful, Beautiful Look — Age Grade Zero
Isn’t this where we all want to be? That place where our skin is supple with firm, elastic qualities and a tone that is even — that’s just the place from which we all started. When you are at this stage of aging the game plan is all about prevention. Prevent damage to your skin. Prevent the underlying causes of wrinkles, of collagen degradation. Prevent sagging and drooping skin. Achieve this by using quality products that protect your skin from sun damage. Achieve this by understanding your skin. Talk with a skin care professional about treatment options that help to preserve your beautiful skin.
Near Perfection — Age Grade One
You’ve smiled and laughed, worried and maybe even cried. You’ve lived a bit, and it shows on your face in the formation of fine line especially around your eyes and mouth. Getting back to age grade zero requires some work. Add a super-hydrating moisturizer to continue your goal of prevention. Consider treatments to ease fine lines and remove blemishes. Those may include Botox Cosmetic or Juvederm injectable gel to help remove fine lines. It may also include IPL photorejuvenation or PhotoFractional treatments to even your skin’s tone. The focus here is on minor corrections and more intensive prevention tools.
Impressionism — Age grade Two
Like fine art, there may be imperfections. Frown lines, age spots, the beginning of sagging skin, and even sun damage. Treatment for this stage of aging is more involved. Botox injectable can help relax muscle contraction. Hyaluronic Acid injectables help rebuild some of the underlying skin structures. More intense laser treatments, such as ablative fractional laser resurfacing, focus on rebuilding underlying skin structure. Kybella injections or CoolMini treatment may also be part of this treatment stage to help remove neck fat without surgery. At this stage of aging, it’s a full on battle between age and prevention gets a little help from regenerative treatments.
Full on Life — Age Grade Three
You’ve lived. Had children, and your body has undergone a change from gentle aging to full-ageing characteristics — Fine lines are deeper; wrinkles have developed. There are bags under your eyes, and your skin is sagging. You’ve lost some of the key underlying collagen structures, and it shows. It is time to involve a professional to help restore your natural beauty. Juvederm Voluma in San Diego, Restylane Lyft, Radiesse, and Sculptra injectables help to replace lost volume in the midface. Kybella injections help to melt neck fat. San Diego Ultherapy, the non-surgical face and neck lift via micro focused ultrasound is also a viable option.
It’s Down Hill From Here — Age Grade Four
The battle to preserve your skin and appearance takes more effort. There are no more fine lines. Instead, there are deep wrinkles. The folds and creases around your mouth and on your forehead are pronounced. Turkey neck is present, and your laugh and smile lines are nothing to smile or laugh about. Still, there is hope. Hand rejuvenation, facial rejuvenation, a liquid facelift and Ultra pulse laser treatment, Photodynamic Therapy for skin cancer prevention, Ultherapy (non-surgical face and neck lift) and Kybella injections are all treatments that address the deeper issues that skin present as we age.
Advanced Care — Age Grade Five
Even at the most degraded state of aging, there is hope. When you have deep wrinkles, and facial folds there are products and procedures that can help turn back time. If your skin has blemishes and age spots there are products and treatments that can help. Medical grade facial treatments, chemical peels, Microdermabrasion, Botox, Sculptra Aesthetic, Laserfirm, Kybella injectables, CoolSculpting, and TotalFX, are all treatments that help move you back along the age grade scale. At this age, some patients may require more invasive surgery to battle the aging process.
The best place to start is with a consultation with Dr. Ataii. The goal would be to understand your skin, skin issues, and the treatments or preventive treatments that are available to help you maintain and improve skin, and skin support structure quality. The outcome is a care plan that is specific to you and a better understanding of the options and costs available to you.