Ask An Expert: Aging Skin
Aging is a primary skin concern for many adults. Oxidative stress, inflammation, glycation, and DNA damage are the four leading causes of aging. Many of us suffer from one or more of these factors as no one is immune to the effects of aging.
Fortunately, there are several ways to treat the causes of aging and achieve healthy, youthful skin. So we went to the expert, Dr. Tahl Humes, owner of Vitahl Medical Aesthetics and an international expert in aesthetic and anti-aging medicine. Here’s what she had to say:
1. At what age do fine lines/wrinkles appear?
"Fine lines and wrinkles appear much earlier than we expect. We begin aging as early as in our 20s. While fine lines can show up in our 20s, this is rare. We do start seeing fine lines, especially around the eyes or through the midface in our 30s. These wrinkles become more apparent in our 40s and deeper in our 50s and 60s."
2. How do I avoid premature aging of the skin?
"The best way to avoid premature aging of the skin is through preventative treatments (prejuvenation) that stimulate collagen and decrease the formation of wrinkles. For example, lasers and chemical peels stimulate collagen. Using a neurotoxin will decrease muscle movement which in turn decreases wrinkle formation."
3. Is it too late to treat my aging skin?
"Depending on your goals, it is rarely ever too late to treat aging skin! There are many great treatments on the market for all ages of skin. With aging skin, patients will likely be doing combination therapy instead of single services. For example, combining injectables with devices and peels for a total facial rejuvenation."
4. Do I have to receive injectables to eliminate fine lines and wrinkles?
"Injectables are great for fine lines and wrinkles, but they are not the only treatments for fine lines and wrinkles. Treatments that stimulate collage, such as chemical peels, microneedling, lasers, and radio frequency needling are all great ways to treat fine lines and wrinkles without using injections."
5. What skincare products do you recommend for someone post-procedure?
"For any treatment that disrupts the skin barrier, whether ablative or non-ablative, I use Sheald Recovery Balm post-treatment; Sheald Recovery Balm protects the lipid barrier of the skin as well as speeds up healing time."
Although aging skin is inevitable, our skin is capable of aging gracefully and beautifully with the help of professional services and effective skincare products. By developing a personalized skincare regimen that incorporates both services and products, you can feel confident that you are putting your best face forward.