Let’s face it: many of us would love to turn back the clock for our skin. Signs of aging like wrinkles, sagging, scars, uneven skin tone, and other imperfections can make us feel self-conscious. Luckily, there are many skin rejuvenation treatments available to help your skin look younger!
Non-invasive aesthetic technologies have come a long way to offer great results that are quick, affordable, and painless. In this article, we’ll discuss what skin rejuvenation is, how it works, and some new innovations like plasma pen fibroblasting and WiQo® chemical treatments.
It’s safe to say many of us would like to reduce wrinkles and other tell-tale signs of aging, but the idea of going through invasive surgery for a more youthful appearance might be holding you back. This is where skin rejuvenation treatments can come into play. Recent technologies offer practical solutions for people who would like to look younger without the risks of cosmetic surgery. Today, there are many non-invasive options to help your skin look younger and more vibrant.
Skin rejuvenation treatments offer many benefits. For instance, they often cost a lot less than cosmetic surgery. They’re also usually quicker, require less downtime, and cause little to no pain compared to surgery. That’s why many people are making appointments with our professionals to talk about anti-aging treatment options.
We all know wrinkles, crepe-like skin, dryness, dullness, and pigmentation can make us look older, but why do they happen? Understanding the underlying reasons for skin aging is important, as it can help explain how skin rejuvenation treatments work and can also help you determine which treatments might help with your specific concerns.
First, before we get into specific causes of aging on the skin, we need to know a little about the anatomy of the skin. There are three main layers of skin:
The subcutaneous is the innermost layer of the skin and is a layer of fat cells that sits above the muscles. Then comes the dermis, the middle layer, and the epidermis, the outer layer.
The dermis is crucial for how your skin looks, as it provides the overall structure for your skin. The dermis is made up of two layers: the reticular dermis and the papillary dermis. The reticular dermis is where cells called fibroblasts make collagen, elastin, and other necessary proteins. Above that is the papillary dermis, which is a layer of blood vessels in charge of supplying nutrients to your epidermis.
Next we have the epidermis. This is the uppermost layer of skin. It, too, has a few different layers with different jobs. At the bottom of the epidermis is the basal layer, which is where your body creates new skin cells. As those skin cells travel up through other layers of the skin, they flatten out and become keratin cells. The very outer layer of your skin, called the stratum corneum, is made up of all those dead, flattened skin cells. These cells are constantly replaced by newer cells. This process is called desquamation, which is basically a scientific term for skin cell turnover.
Now, onto what makes us look old. There are many different factors that can play a role in skin aging, such as genetics and lifestyle factors. However, two of the big ones include normal aging and exposure to UV radiation.
First of all, as we age, we naturally produce less and less collagen and elastin in the dermis. The collagen is what gives your skin strength and support. Elastin is what makes your skin resilient and allows it to bounce back after getting stretched, such as the abdominal skin after pregnancy. Less collagen and elastin can lead to wrinkles and fine lines on your skin. Also, with age the rate of turnover for our skin cells also naturally slows down. This allows dead skin cells to stick around longer, which can cause your skin to look dull, flaky, or uneven and can also accentuate wrinkles.
UV radiation from the sun can also cause aging effects on your skin. It may speed up aging because this kind of radiation can damage skin cells responsible for keeping your skin firm. This can cause wrinkles and fine lines and may also cause things like age spots where you have more pigment in one area of your skin than other areas.
As we understand more and more about the skin aging process, we’re also finding new and innovative ways to help reverse it. For instance, today there are many minimally-invasive and non-invasive options to help improve the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, complexion, and more. Two such skin rejuvenation technologies are the plasma pen and the PRX-T33® chemical treatment.
Plasma pen treatments do a few different things to help improve the look of your skin. This incredible skin rejuvenation technology uses an arc of plasma just above your skin in the treatment area. The plasma heats up the dermis to help stimulate collagen production. The process is also known as fibroblasting.
In addition, the plasma pen creates small pin pricks in the top layer of your skin. This can help your body slough off dead skin cells to reveal the newer, smoother, and more supple skin underneath. Also known as skin resurfacing, essentially this process removes the built-up dead skin cells that can make you look older.
Plasma pen treatments can help with many different skin concerns, such as:
Treatment only takes a few minutes to about an hour, depending on how large the treatment area is. You can get plasma pen treatments practically anywhere, though common target areas include the forehead, cheeks, lips, laugh lines, neck, jawline, and entire face. It’s also the only treatment available for the eyelids aside from surgical procedures. Typically plasma pen treatments only need about one week of downtime.
Another innovative skin rejuvenation treatment includes the WiQo PRX-T33 chemical treatment. This is similar to a chemical peel, but with no peeling, light sensitivity, or downtime. The PRX-T33 treatment features a proprietary mix of Kojic acid, hydrogen peroxide, and trichloroacetic acid (TCA) to penetrate deep into the skin to the papillary dermis.
Hydrogen peroxide naturally stimulates fibroblast receptors to help stimulate collagen production, and the TCA helps transport it through the epidermis into the dermis. This helps encourage your skin to make more collagen without affecting the top layer of the skin. So, there’s no peeling, light sensitivity, or other drawbacks of traditional deep chemical peels. In some cases you may notice some mild flaking, indicating you had dead skin cells that needed to be shed.
Common target areas for the PRX-T33 treatment include the face, neck, and the décolleté to help with wrinkles, laxity, skin texture, complexion, and other common age-related skin changes. Results can be almost instant with the skin looking tighter, brighter, and more supple.
Our team at HerKare is here to help you feel your best, including helping you improve your appearance through aesthetic treatments. We offer treatments using innovative, FDA-approved technologies. Our professionals are here to offer guidance for aesthetic treatments in a welcoming, no-judgement environment. Make your appointment today to learn more and see which options may work for you.