Any dermatologist will tell you that a good at-home skincare regimen can dramatically improve your skin quality. However, some skin conditions are best addressed in a medical setting. If you find yourself buying pricey products only to be disappointed by less-than-stellar results, it may be time to pull out the big guns. Here are a few common skin concerns that require a little more than what can be found in a jar:
• Deep wrinkles: Anti-wrinkle creams abound on supermarket shelves, in high-end department stores, and even in medical offices. Although many of these products do provide skin-smoothing benefits, for long-lasting, deep wrinkle correction, injectable treatments are your best bet. BOTOX® Cosmetic, Dysport®, or XEOMIN® are all excellent options for softening the look of dynamic wrinkles, which are caused by repeated facial movements. Static wrinkles are those pesky folds that occur from sun damage, aging, or genetics and can be minimized with dermal filler injections such as JUVÉDERM®. Results from most injectable treatments are immediate and can last anywhere from 3 – 9 months or longer.
• Sun damage: Brown spots are most often caused by sun damage and they can sporadically sprout up on the face and body, sometimes several years after the damage has been done. While skin lightening gels and lotions can help some, a light- or laser-based therapy provides more dramatic results. Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) uses photothermal energy to target unwanted dark spots, causing the pigment to fragment. As an added bonus, the skin’s natural healing mechanisms cause an increase in collagen production to give you younger-looking skin. Lasers operate similarly but use heat energy rather than light energy for age-defying effects.
• Acne: One of the most common and persistent skin issues is acne. Despite countless creams, scrubs, masks, and even prescription medication, some men and women are still plagued by unwanted blemishes. Often the best approach for controlling acne breakouts involves a number of combination therapies including regular skincare, medication, and clinical acne treatments such as Acleara™. Acleara uses a vacuum-like suctioning mechanism to remove dirt and debris while therapeutic light destroys acne bacteria at the source. Microdermabrasion or clinical facials can also be used in conjunction with clinical treatments to keep the skin in top condition.