Beauty: How Much Does It Take?
- Posted on: Feb 14 2020
We address cosmetic concerns on a daily basis. When new patients come into our office, they often want to know how many treatments they may need to achieve the results they want. The question is often posed as “what results will I get from my (one) treatment?” In some cases, we can confidently say that immediate improvements will be achieved from a single session. However, this is limited to dermal fillers, for the most part. And, even in that scenario, patients have to repeat treatment to maintain results.
The skin and subcutaneous tissue is like the body. Just like we cannot lose 10 pounds by eating good for a day, or even for a week, we cannot look 10 years younger by undergoing a single beauty treatment. The reason we must continually address the skin is because of what happens beneath the surface. In the dermis, we have cells called fibroblasts. These cells are responsible for producing collagen and elastin. Collagen and elastin are proteins that give the various layers of the skin firmness and elasticity.
Sometime around our 30th birthday, our fibroblast cells go dormant. They no longer produce the same amounts of collagen and elastin as they once did. Much less than they once did, in fact. While the cells that provide necessary proteins slow down substantially, the skin still uses up collagen and elastin at a rate of about 1 to 2% per year. This means a small percentage of degradation. Every. Single. Year. From the age of 30 to the age of 40 alone, this can contribute to significant changes in the skin. Without intervention, the signs of aging continue to worsen much like our weight would worsen without dietary intervention.
We Have the Interventions You Need
At American Dermatology Associates in Sarasota, patients have options for how they manage their signs of aging. Although injectables like Botox and dermal fillers are incredibly popular, it is important to understand that these are remedies, not corrections. Injectables can soften lines and wrinkles, but they do not provoke the collagen proliferation that is needed to slow cosmetic aging. If you are interested in long-term results, we may suggest BBL Forever Young. This broadband light treatment does require repeat sessions but, according to clinical studies, can change the way cells behave. Over time, the skin ages at a slower pace.
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