The Best Anti-Aging Treatments of 2022 (so far)
The minute you’re born, you start aging. While it’s typically called “growing up” until you reach a certain age, it’s all just semantics. If you’re not aging, you’re not living.
The signs we usually point to when we refer to “aging” (besides new aches & pains and the inability to escape a hangover) mostly include visible signs on the skin, like dullness, dark spots, fine lines, wrinkles, crepey texture, and certain areas not looking as full or perky as they used to.
At Southlake Plastic Surgery & Med Spa, we’ve found that the most common request from our patients involves addressing the signs of aging in the skin. But with so many treatments that can accomplish similar goals, it can be difficult to know exactly which anti-aging treatment or product is right for you.
We thought we’d help you out by presenting the best anti-aging treatments and products of 2022!
But first, why does skin age?
We all know aging is a fact of life. But why does this process cause so many changes in the skin?
As you might guess, this is an incredibly complex process we could go on for days about—but we’ll do our best to keep it brief.
Until about your mid-20s, your skin is very resilient, voluminous, and full of life. Unless you suffer from severe adolescent acne or another skin condition (e.g. dermatitis, psoriasis, etc.), most of us enter our 20s with bright eyes, full cheeks, and no wrinkles to speak of.
According to researchers at Dartmouth, after the age of 20, your skin produces one percent less collagen each year (collagen and a similar fiber, elastin, create the structural framework for your skin). Your existing collagen and elastin becomes thicker, clumpy, and loose—setting the stage for inelastic, brittle skin that eventually wrinkles and sags. Additionally, your skin cells start turning over much slower by your late 20s, causing dead cells to accumulate and dull the complexion. The transfer of moisture between skin layers slows in your 30s, shrinking the fat cells that once gave you full, lifted cheeks, having a deflating effect. By your 40s, your skin is much thinner and can’t produce collagen anymore, so more wrinkles, lines, and sagging appear. Finally, in your 50s, your skin is parched and easily bruised, damaged, or broken. This trend continues with the skin becoming drier, thinner, and more sensitive.
Before you freak out, the above process we described, called intrinsic aging, does not take external influences into account. Extrinsic aging refers to the process and causes of aging that occur outside of the body. These can be influences that actually speed up the process of intrinsic skin aging, like:
- Smoking tobacco (secondhand smoke counts!)
- Unprotected or prolonged UV exposure
- Poor diet and skin care habits
On the other hand, some external factors can slow or even reverse skin aging, like:
- Consistent healthy skin care habits
- Healthy diet & regular exercise
- Protecting skin from UV exposure
- Visiting a medical aesthetics practice for collagen-inducing and other anti-aging treatments
The king of all anti-aging treatments, Forever Young BBL
Forever Young BBL™ is an advanced light therapy treatment that uses broadband light (BBL) to reverse the visible signs of aging. Some people use BBL and laser technology synonymously, but they aren’t quite the same thing. Both lasers and BBL use light energy to heat the skin to resurface and promote collagen production. However, lasers can come with two types of wavelengths:
Ablative: Targets the top layer of skin (epidermis) to shed damaged and dead cells and promote faster cellular turnover.
Non-ablative: Targets the bottom layer of skin to jumpstart collagen production and revive the skin.
Most lasers are either ablative or non-ablative with the exception of the Halo laser (yep, it’s both!). However, BBL anti-aging treatments are always non-ablative, making it a great option to fight many of the causes of intrinsic skin aging at the source with minimal discomfort or downtime. When we can kick your body’s collagen and elastin production into overdrive, you will notice your skin looks and feels softer, tighter, and more youthful.
What does Forever Young BBL treat?
One reason we rave so much about Forever Young BBL is because it can treat a wide variety of conditions that can age your skin. It addresses slow collagen production and cell turnover and can even alter your skin cells’ genetic expression—meaning that at a DNA level, your skin can actually age in reverse—with regular treatments once or twice a year.
A Forever Young BBL photofacial is great for almost all skin types and skin tones. And before you even ask, yes: men can benefit from Forever Young BBL treatments, too!
Treatable conditions include:
- Rosacea & broken blood vessels
- Acne & enlarged pores
- Sun damage
- Skin laxity
- Wrinkles and fine lines
Treatments for skin discoloration on the face→
Most people notice results after their initial session of 3 to 5 treatments and are surprised just how powerful this age-reversal treatment truly is.
Anti-aging treatments in Southlake that complement BBL
As you know by now, you don’t have to sit idly by while your skin falls into disrepair. It’s never too late to take charge and give your skin the TLC it needs to look as youthful as possible.
Besides regular treatments with Forever Young BBL, there are some other great anti-aging treatments you can get to maintain and enhance your results.
Botox® & Filler Injections
With Botox (or Dysport®) injections, we can temporarily relax the facial muscles that contract when you make expressions like frowning, laughing, squinting, etc. to hide—and reduce the severity of—the dynamic wrinkles that appear with these everyday facial expressions.
Dermal fillers are gel-like substances, usually made of hyaluronic acid (HA), that we inject below the surface of the skin to provide volume and support, smooth out, and plump fine lines and wrinkles that aren’t affected by Botox, and enhance the face’s natural contours. If you have facial hollows, jowls, and other signs of volume loss thanks to slowed collagen production, it’s a smart idea to come for Forever Young BBL treatments to address overall collagen loss or degradation, as well as fillers to provide immediate skin-plumping results while collagen and elastin rebuild.
Sculptra, a dermal filler made from poly-L-lactic acid, allows us to address the signs of volume loss and collagen breakdown both in the short and long term.
Unlike HA, which the body resorbs, the poly-L-lactic acid in Sculptra acts as a powerful collagen stimulator. Research shows that Sculptra stimulates collagen production in the skin for up to 24 months, meaning you can go quite a while between repeat injections!
Pairing Sculptra injections with Forever Young BBL treatments ensures you’re doing all you can to encourage collagen production in your skin.
There is no skin type or tone that doesn’t benefit from regular HydraFacials. It is one of the most universally skin-friendly anti-aging treatments that exists.
While Forever Young BBL addresses skin aging on a deep, cellular level, HydraFacials work on beautifying the skin on the surface. This relaxing 45-minute facial includes a 3-step process:
- Cleanse & Peel – We perform hydradermabrasion (physical exfoliation) followed by a light chemical peel (chemical exfoliation) to clear away dead skin, oil, and other debris clogging your skin.
- Extract & Hydrate – Next, your provider will use the gentle HydraFacial suction tip to remove any debris and congestants stuck in the pores. Then we use the Vortex-Fusion tip to deliver intense hydrating skin products.
- Infuse & Protect – Finally, we deliver additional antioxidants and peptides to promote skin health and extra glow.
Immediately following a HydraFacial, patients experience brighter, softer, and healthier-looking skin. It makes a perfect complement to highlight the results of your Forever Young BBL anti-aging treatments!
We know it sounds counterintuitive, but it turns out that injuring your skin (in a sterile environment, by a trained specialist) can have incredible rejuvenation effects! Microneedling is a skin rejuvenation technique where we use tiny (micro) needles to puncture the top layer of skin.
These micro-injuries on your skin’s surface prompt your skin to produce more collagen and elastin in the area. Consistent microneedling treatments at our Southlake, TX office help address many visible signs of skin aging, like:
- Uneven skin tone
- Rough or crepey texture
- Mild wrinkles
- Fine lines
- Enlarged pores
- Acne scars
- Skin laxity
Let our team help you with our anti-aging treatments in Dallas & Ft. Worth
Southlake Plastic Surgery & Med Spa is dedicated to providing the best plastic surgery and medical aesthetics procedures in Dallas, Ft. Worth, and surrounding areas.
Our expert team of talented aesthetic professionals is here to help you look and feel your best.
Additionally, our AAAASF-accredited plastic surgery center in Dallas is led by our medical director and board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Mark Mason. He has been helping patients for over 20 years and holds surgical privileges at several hospitals in the Dallas area.
Use our instant consultation to tell us about your areas of concern, or schedule your first consultation today.