Once the first few crow’s feet start to appear, and you notice the texture of your skin is getting rougher and duller, it hits you — you’re getting older. And while you can’t stop time from marching on, you certainly plan to do all you can to keep it from leaving its tracks on your face.
So you listen to those marketing geniuses who produce ads for the latest cream, serum, or ointment. You watch flawless models caress their perfect skin on TV, and you believe them when they tell you if you buy their jar of goop, you’ll look just like them.
Months (and a lot of cash) later you discover two things: miracles don’t come in a jar, and there must be a better way. You’re right on both counts.
At Advanced Eyecare of Orange County, Dr. Kim Doan, our board-certified ophthalmologist, understands the delicate skin around your eyes, cheeks, and chin, and she knows the best way to reclaim the youthful texture and appearance is with dermal fillers. Here’s why.
What makes your skin look old?
During your younger years, your skin looks soft and plump, and it seems to have an endless ability to bounce back when you stretch it. But then one day you look in the mirror and realize the resilience is not endless.
The changes that occur in your body as you age affect your heart, joints, organs, bones, and yes, your skin. Your face tends to lose the plump layer of fat that once gave you soft contours. You also stop producing two of the essential proteins that give your skin its resilience and structure: collagen and elastin. Hyaluronic acid, another key element in your skin’s texture, also wanes.
This deficit leaves your skin looking like a deflated balloon — your skin shrivels and sags. To fix it, you don’t need creams and lotions that barely absorb into your skin, you need to replace what you lost. That’s where dermal fillers come in.
Juvéderm is one of the most popular brands of dermal fillers because it’s a comprehensive line of products that addresses a full range of skin issues. Dr. Doan trusts them to deliver excellent results safely and painlessly.
The Juvéderm family relies on hyaluronic acid, just like the substance your body already produces, to restore your skin’s vitality. Dr. Doan injects the solution under your skin into precisely targeted regions to add volume to your facial features, which not only brings back your contours, it also smooths out your wrinkles.
Hyaluronic acid is hygroscopic, which means it loves water and attracts moisture to your skin.
This process is quick and easy. Most of our patients are in and out in about half an hour. And the results last for a year or two depending on which solution is in your treatment and other factors, like your age, skin type, and overall health.
Other skin treatments
While Juvéderm is excellent for crepey skin that has lost its taut texture, it may not get rid of deeply etched lines caused from years of smiling, laughing, and frowning. These are called dynamic wrinkles because they stem from the dynamic movements of your facial features — your expressions.
To address these, Dr. Doan may suggest BotoxⓇ, another injection but with a very different purpose. Botox is derived from a toxin that’s safe and FDA approved in tiny doses. Once injected into specific muscles, those muscles relax and stop contracting for as long as the Botox is effective — about 3-4 months.
Now that you know what makes your skin lose its luster and what to do to get it back, call us to schedule an appointment with Dr. Doan at any of our offices in Huntington Beach or Newport Beach, California, or request a consultation online.