How to get rid of wrinkles is among the most common aesthetic concerns many people have. 


As we age, our body slows production of collagen and elastin, the two main components that give our skin laxity and firmness. Aging combined with other factors, like sun damage and lifestyle habits, our skin starts to lose elasticity, firmness and volume over time. 


So what can you do to restore a smooth, dewey texture to your skin? Here are our top 5 recommendations for restoring that youthful glow. 


H2 Wrinkle Relaxers aka Tox Treatments 

Tox treatments like Botox, Xeomin and Dysport are a popular and relatively quick way to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Injected into areas of the face like the forehead, frown lines and crow’s feet. Tox treatments smooth lines and wrinkles in the skin by reducing the contraction mechanism of your muscles.This allows a smoother, even tone, with less visible “wrinkles.”   Even more, these injectables also prevent the formation of new wrinkles by temporarily reducing the muscle activity in the face that are responsible for movement and creases. If done correctly, and focused on patients’ desires, there is no need to look unmoving or emotionless.  I can create a natural-looking result that enhances your features without looking artificial or frozen. 


H3 How does Botox Work? 

The saying “wrinkles go where smiles have been,” is an absolutely true statement about how wrinkles form. Repeat articulation of facial expressions, combined with loss of skin elasticity as we age, contribute to the formation of wrinkles and fine lines. Botox and other injectable wrinkle relaxers work by blocking chemical signals to the nerves that cause muscles to contract. The result of wrinkle relaxing injections is that the muscles in the treated areas will be temporarily obstructed from contracting for up to several months, causing wrinkles to relax and blocking the formation of new lines and creases. 


Expect to see results from Botox within a week, with full results at 2 weeks.  Results can last up to several months, giving you a wrinkle-free smile without worry. 


H2 Try a CO2 CoolPeel for Facial Resurfacing

Cartessa CoolPeel is the latest state-of-the-art facial rejuvenation and resurfacing treatment that helps erase signs of aging, while encouraging healthy new skin growth. CoolPeel is great for treating wrinkles, fine lines, age spots, hyperpigmentation, sun damage, acne scars and blemishes, as well as tightening skin and balancing tone. CoolPeel can be used to rejuvenate the face, neck, décolleté and hands, for a more youthful appearance.


CO2 lasers are the gold standard in resurfacing and improving skin look and feel. Even better, CoolPeel rejuvenates your skin, without significant downtime or discomfort – most patients only experience temporary redness for a few days following the treatment. 


CoolPeel is great for individuals who are seeking to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, reduce the appearance of sun damage, and improve their overall skin quality.


H3 What does the CoolPeel treat?

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Uneven skin texture and tone
  • Sun damage
  • Discoloration and hyperpigmentation
  • Enlarged pores
  • Loose and sagging skin
  • Rosacea
  • Blemishes and acne scars
  • Dull-looking skin, dryness


H3 Is CoolPeel Painful?

This aesthetic treatment is minimally-invasive and delivers great results, with minimal discomfort during treatment and little downtime after the procedure. During treatment we provide a cooling device to soothe any irritation from the procedure. For those that are extremely sensitive, a numbing cream can be applied before treatment so that the treatment can be as painless as you need.  Some patients may experience a sunburn-like sensation post-treatment, which is normal and resolves after a few hours.


H3 What are Results from CoolPeel?

There is minimal downtime associated with a Cool Peel treatment. Patients can expect mild erythema (redness) similar to a sunburn that lasts about 1-4 days after treatment, depending on your skin type. Patients often find their skin may feel dry and/or rough throughout the healing process, while the skin regenerates, so we highly encourage adequate hydration and moisturizing. 


You can expect to see results from CoolPeel in as little as one week, with continual and gradual improvement for up to 90 days post-treatment. Dry and dull skin, pigmentation, sun spots and other skin texture concerns will noticeably improve within a week after treatment. Depending on your skin health, age, skin type and skin condition, the results from CoolPeel can last up to years.  


H2 Microneedling with Radiofrequency 

Microneedling with radiofrequency is a powerful duo that gives amazing results in as little as one visit. Of course, three consecutive treatments will give you the brighter and tigher skin that you have been looking for.  This treatment is a great fit for those who are looking to even out skin tone and texture, tighten loose and sagging skin, erase fine lines and wrinkles, and fight visible signs of aging. Microneedling with Radiofrequency is a process that uses tiny needles to create micro-wounds in the skin, while the radiofrequency stimulates tightening under the skin.    Expect to see continuously improving results over several months. 


H3  PRF (Platelet Rich Fibrin) 

PRF is superior to PRF.  Why?  

PRF is created using a slower spin via the centrifuge, and this in turn lets the best cells: platelets, white blood cells, and mesenchymal cells,  float towards the top of the vial.  PRP only has the growth factors of the platelets in the top layer, and the are released within 24 hours, as compared to PRF which slowly releases the growth factors over one week.  


How does PRF work?


 First you will have a vial of blood drawn and then this is spun down in a centrifuge so that the cells separate into layers.  The top layer is filled with plasma, rich in platelets, white blood cells, and mesenchymal cells. These cells are important as they release an abundant amount of growth factors.  Since the spin is slow, they release slowly, so you get better results over time.   When PRF is injected or micro-needled into your skin, it forms a scaffold to build more collagen or bone, releasing growth factors over one week to help stimulate your own body to regenerate younger skin.  


PRF has been shown to expedite the healing process in the tissues, while reducing hyperpigmentation, acne, scarring and smoothing skin texture. PRF is great for reaching deeper into the layers of the skin for better, faster results from your microneedling treatment.  Even using PRF for under eye darkness, will help improve the tightness, and eliminate the dark circles.  Reduce those neck bands that have rapidly developed over the past few years due to “tech-neck.”  You’ll notice tighter, smoother skin, as well as improvement in tone and texture. 


H2 Implement the Best Daily Skincare Routine

There really is no substitute for a quality daily skincare routine. This includes hydration, moisture AND protection through a daily SPF. Being thorough and consistent are essential for making sure that you see the best benefits for long-term skin health.


Medical and professional-grade skin care products provide unparalleled benefits for your skin. These products are scientifically-formulated and tested for efficacy and results. The results can be seen in the appearance and feel of your skin, as well as the benefits you cannot see, like protection against sun damage and free-radicals. 


What makes professional skin care products different from drugstore or department store products is the concentration and potency of active ingredients, along with the lab-testing that these products undergo to evaluate efficacy. While it may seem tempting to pick up a moisturizer from your local drugstore, you may find more value and better-lasting results from investing in quality products.   


Plus, if you’re investing into treatments like microneedling or peels that give dramatic results in a few sessions, daily skincare is important for longevity and maintenance. Think of it like purchasing a luxury car, then neglecting to get oil changes. 


What Else – Lifestyle Factors that Contribute to Skin Health


Lifestyle factors have a huge influence on our body as a whole, and visibly show in our skin as early as our 20’s and 30’s, and follow us throughout the decades. 


The choices we make, what we consume, what activities we partake in, how we care for ourselves – all impact skin health. While there are some factors we cannot control nor change, such as genetics, there are some ways we can practice better preventative care and ensure we’re maintaining skin health for the long term. 


H3 Lifestyle factors that impact your skin and appearance:

  • Hydration
  • Smoking
  • Drinking to excess
  • Use of SPF and daily moisturizer
  • Excessive sun exposure
  • Diet and nutrition
  • Activity levels and exercise


Just like any organ of the body, the skin thrives off of a healthy lifestyle. Anti-aging comes from the inside of the body, just as much as maintaining the visible outside of the skin. How you maintain your skin both in and out of the medspa will impact how you look and feel for years to come. 


Maintenance of great skin is imperative by continuing to treat skin conditions before they appear, and preventing further skin damage.  

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