When I was a teen, I used to say that by the time I was old enough to have wrinkles, they would have found a cure.
Well, I am, and they have. Sort of.
The tools and treatments and techniques that are currently available to us are truly transformative, and they go way beyond anything that was available to our mothers and grandmothers. Today, I talk to my friend Dr. Abigail Adams, an experienced physician and owner of the MedSpa of New Smyrna Beach, in an in-depth interview about current options for all the most common signs of aging, from hyperpigmentation to sagging, wrinkles to dullness, and of course that all-important eye area.
You will learn the following:
- The one treatment that every woman needs (celebs do it before a red carpet event!)
- A magic wrinkle eraser that works in minutes
- The 5 essential ingredients in your skincare routine
And so much more!
I’ll also give you a snapshot of my experience with one of the spa’s top treatments, microneedling with PRP (otherwise knowns as the “vampire” facial).
Essential Skincare Ingredients and Products
Dr. Adams and I agree that fighting the signs of aging takes a holistic approach.
We have to look at what we put on our bodies, what we put in our bodies, and what we do to our bodies.
Treatments are not going to be nearly as effective if you’re not supporting them with a solid at-home skincare routine. Here are the ingredients that belong in every woman’s anti-aging arsenal, according to Dr. Adams.
5 Skincare Ingredients Every Woman Needs
- Growth Factor
- Hyaluronic Acid
Dr. Adams recommends using skincare lines that are available through medspas and dermatologists offices over expensive department stores lines because these brands (like Skin Medica) put their money into research and not into advertising. Here are the products she recommends. All of these products are available at Med Spa New Smyrna Beach online and in my catalog.
The Magic Wrinkle Eraser
One Treatment Every Woman Needs
Although a good med spa will take a look at your unique skin and come up with a custom plan for addressing your issues, there are a couple of treatments that can benefit every single woman. The two that Dr. Adams recommends are the Hydrafacial and the Diamond Glow Facial. Both can help with skin texture, tone, and fine lines.
There are a variety of causes of hyperpigmentation, including hormones and the sun. A series of laser treatment or photofacials, like the Gentle Max Pro, is very effective on sun spots, as is a series of chemical peels. Maintain your results with products (like Skin Medica Lytera) and sunscreen.
Botox, when used responsibly and in a subtle way by an experienced professional, is still the gold standard for wrinkles. Fillers can also help with wrinkles by restoring volume loss and lifting the skin.
Collagen Induction Therapy, aka Microneedling, is a treatment that causes a controlled wound to the skin that signals your body to repair itself and rebuild collagen. It works even better when combined with PRP and exosomes. Here are my pics of my experience with the treatment. (These pics are from 1 treatment. A series of 3-4 treatments is recommended.
While I was not red for long after a regular microneedling treatment, after the PRP treatment, my face was red for 24 hours. It was not painful at all, however, and by the following day my skin was back to normal, if a little bit dry and slightly peeling at the chin and forehead (very minimal).
The gold standard for the eye area is a surgery called blepheroplasty. VFr or fractional radiofrequency, combined with microneedling, combined with products like a growth factor, can help with undereye bags and sags. Dark circles or hollows can be treated (carefully) with an undereye filler like a tear duct filler, and a good brightening eye cream.
What is your biggest aging concern? And which of these would you consider trying? Let me know in the comments!