Anti-Aging for the Ages – Kristin Scord, MS, PA-C

The goal of the game in the anti-aging space is–“How do we continue to stimulate collagen and elastin to help keep our skin looking healthy and aging well?”

The great news is that there are a ton of options for helping address this.  The bad news is that there are a ton of options to address this–which can be overwhelming!

Let’s help narrow them down.

Now, keep in mind that there are exceptions to every rule and your provider can help partner with you to help gauge which treatment(s) are best for your skin type.   While typical ages are listed, you may fall out of that range and still be a great candidate.

Let’s introduce the major players here at Newport Beach Dermatology and Plastic Surgery:

PICOSURE

What it is: A gentle laser treatment that targets dyspigmentation and gently stimulates collagen below the surface to help with fine lines and smoothes texture.

 

  • Typical Ages: 20’s-40’s+
  • For Mild Skin Concerns
  • Easy, little-to-no downtime
  • Safe for ALL skin types
  • Initially requires multiple treatments (usually 3-4 to start; done monthly)
  • A great maintenance option after initial series doing 2-4 times per year

NON-ABLATIVE FRACTIONAL RESURFACING

What it is: This fractional laser helps improve wrinkles, texture of the skin and stimulates collagen and elastin through heat without injuring the surface of the skin.

 

  • Typical Ages: 30’s-50’s+
  • For Mild to Moderate Skin Concerns
  • Mild downtime with about 2-3 days recovery with light swelling or flaking possible
  • Initially requires multiple treatments (usually 3 to start; done monthly)
  • A great maintenance option after initial series doing 1-2 times a year

 

MORPHEUS8

What it is: Morpheus8 uses RF (radio frequency) microneedling to improve texture, tone and TIGHTEN.

 

  • Typical Ages: 30’s-50’s+
  • Can be catered for more Mild, Moderate or Major skin concerns
  • Typically 3 treatments are recommended, approximately 4-6 weeks apart
  • A great maintenance option after the initial series by doing it once yearly!

 

CO2RE 

What it is: This is the most powerful laser geared towards skin rejuvenation.  It helps target deeper levels of the dermis to stimulate collagen production, improving texture, health and appearance of the skin and is the gold standard in anti-aging!

 

  • Typical Ages: 30’s-50’s+
  • Can be catered for more Mild, Moderate or Major skin concerns
  • Safest in fair skin types
  • Approximate 5-7 days downtime
  • Typically done in 1 treatment, but may repeat in 6 months if desired
  • Often done every 1-3 years for maintenance

 

ELLACOR

What it is: Ellacor is a non-laser approach that uses hollow needles to remove small cores of skin to specifically improve laxity.  This helps improve wrinkles and excess skin of the mid-to-lower face.

 

  • Typical Ages: 40’s-60’s+, but can be done for ages 22+
  • For more Moderate to Major Skin Concerns
  • Approximately around 3 days of downtime
  • Generally requires 3 treatments, at least 30 days apart
  • Improvements are permanent and maintenance is variable and as needed

 

If you’re thinking that they all sound great–that’s because they do.  But don’t worry, we often do combinations of treatments to reach your skin goals.  When it comes to these fabulous anti-agers, keep in mind that most results become more visible 3-6 months after treatments are completed.  While you will see some quick improvements, the best is often yet-to-come!  We hope to see you soon to create your custom plan.

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