Your skin is the largest organ in your body, and it’s also the first thing people see when they look at your face, neck, and hands. However, not all of us are graced with perfect skin, and that can make you feel self-conscious or even embarrassed about showing yourself in public.
At Med Physique Center for Aesthetics in Austin, Texas, our expert team of aestheticians understands how important your appearance is to you, and with our wide range of services, we’re dedicated to helping you solve as many cosmetic skin problems as we can. We’ve put together a list of some of the most common cosmetic skin problems, along with information on how we can treat them.
Common cosmetic skin conditions and their treatments
While these conditions can be unsightly, none of them pose a medical problem. Still, you might want to have them treated to look your best.
Age spots, also called liver spots or solar lentigines, are flat, dark areas on the skin caused by overactive pigment cells. Exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) light increases production of melanin, a brownish pigment that gives skin its color. Age spots appear when clumps of melanin form or when the pigment is produced in high concentrations. You’re more likely to develop these blemishes if you have light skin and/or have a history of frequent sun exposure or sunburn.
Because melanin is located at the bottom of the epidermis, the outer skin layer, any treatments to lighten or remove the pigment have to penetrate beneath this layer. You have several treatment options.
Lasers and intense pulsed light (IPL) therapies use coherent beams of light energy and multiple wavelengths delivered in pulses, respectively. Both can target and destroy melanin-producing cells without damaging the outer skin, and both approaches usually require two to three sessions. Ablative lasers are also an option, but they remove the epidermal layer and have a longer recovery period.
Dermabrasion uses a rapidly rotating brush to sand down the epidermal layer, removing it entirely so new, unblemished skin can grow in its place. Your face may remain pink and swollen for several months until you heal. Microdermabrasion is a less aggressive approach that leaves mild skin blemishes with a lighter, smoother appearance.
Chemical peels involve applying a chemical solution to the skin, which entirely removes the top layers, allowing new, smoother skin to take its place. Depending on how deep the peel goes, you could have side effects that include scarring, infection, and a lightening or darkening of your skin color. You might need several sessions to get the desired result.
Wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging skin
Wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging skin are natural parts of aging, but that doesn’t mean you have to keep them. At Med Physique Center for Aesthetics, we offer Botox® and its close relatives Dysport® and Jeuveau®, all FDA-approved to reduce the appearance of:
- Crow’s feet
- Horizontal lines on the forehead
- Worry lines between the eyebrows
These injectables work by temporarily paralyzing certain muscles in your face, preventing them from contracting and pulling the skin into creases and folds. They work within 24-48 hours and last 3-6 months, after which time you can have the treatment again.
We can also offer you injectable dermal fillers like Juvéderm®, Belotero®, Radiesse®, and Restylane®, all of which use hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring compound, to add volume to the sunken areas of your face or hands, creating a more youthful appearance.
While spider veins in the legs are usually caused by a faulty valve that allows blood to pool instead of moving forward, spider veins on the face often result from tiny blood vessels bursting, either due to pressure or sun damage. The result is a fine web of reddish or bluish lines crossing your face.
We use lasers to treat spider veins smaller than three millimeters that form close to the skin’s surface. This focused beam of light causes the spider vein to clot and dry up, with the blood being routed to healthy veins. Laser treatments are less invasive than sclerotherapy, a popular option where the practitioner injects an irritant directly into the vein, causing it to collapse.
Lasers and dermal fillers are also handy for treating acne and its resulting scarring. Lasers can fight the effects of inflammation, and dermal fillers can fill out acne scars, rendering them less visible.
A revolutionary and timely treatment
The seasons are changing, and so is your skin! It's getting colder and drier, and it’s tough to keep your skin moisturized at this time of year. Our Hydro-Facial will help you get through the winter, and also correct a number of the common cosmetic skin problems we’ve already discussed.
The Hydro-Facial treatment uses patented technology (a medical-grade device) to cleanse and hydrate your skin. It also clears away dead skin cells, loosens pores, and preps them for extraction. Then, in a virtually painless procedure, it uses a unique vacuum-powered extraction method to remove the “gunk” that’s built up inside your pores.
The Hydro-Facial has many benefits, including:
More even skin tone
The Hydro-Facial produces more even skin, both in texture and appearance. Getting a Hydro-Facial treatment can help soften rough areas and reduce the appearance of brown spots or other types of discoloration.
Fewer fine lines and wrinkles
Because the Hydro-Facial acts similarly to dermabrasion, it often helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The exfoliation removes dead skin cells to reveal younger-looking skin beneath.
Less congested pores
The extraction process during the Hydro-Facial treatment draws out oil, dirt, and grime that lives beneath the surface of your skin. By drawing out these impurities, your skin will be less dull and “tight,” and your face will look healthier.
During the month of October, we’re having a special! Buy any dermal filler at full price, and get a Hydro-Facial for only $50 (you save $150).
Is your skin not all you want it to be? Contact Med Physique Center for Aesthetics to find out how we can fix your common cosmetic problems. Call us at 512-453-7000 or book your consultation online.