San Diegans have the advantage of near-perfect weather year-round, but this can also have some drawbacks especially when it comes to skin care. Luckily, there are a few ways to undo some of the damage so you can get back to looking healthy and youthful. Some of these procedures take only a few minutes but the effects are long lasting.

We all must deal with fine dust particles, smoke, and other common pollutants while strolling along in the Gaslamp, or just spending long hours outside with our families at Balboa Park.

We’re all busy, so it’s not always easy to go through the daily ritual of cleaning, exfoliating, and moisturizing, so, some levels of skin damage is expected.

But no worries; there are ways to restore your skin to its youth, and these procedures will help you do it.     

Botox

Are you trying to get rid of a few wrinkles that have just started to appear? Botox is perfect for wrinkles that haven’t quite set and works for everybody, provided you’re not pregnant or breastfeeding. It works by blocking nerve signals to certain muscles, which when injected with the liquid, can no longer contract, and this leaves the skin to soften and relax.  

This is perhaps the most well-known procedure for skin treatment, and it’s great for enhancing complexion and reducing the appearance of wrinkles. Botox is only slightly invasive and is particularly effective at treating wrinkles around the neck, mouth, and forehead. The brow area tends to drop as we get older, and Botox can lift the brow to make the face look more lively and younger.

So before that next big event like the Del Mar Races opening day comes around, you want your skin looking your best along with your opening day hat to grab the attention needed to win the best hat contest.

Active FX

Active FX is basically the gold standard in laser restructuring. It can be used to remove bumps on the skin, scars, wrinkles, and many other irregularities on the face, neck, arms, and neck.

A fractional laser is used to power a light beam that penetrates deep into the skin, and removes sun damage, stimulating the formation of new skin cells.

Major changes are seen with just one treatment and the best results are seen after 2 weeks of healing. In some case (like when a patient wants to get rid of deep scars from surgery), Active FX is combined with Deep FX to achieve optimal results.

In case you’re not sure which method is right for you, arrange a consultation to discuss your specific needs. Whichever you choose, each procedure is done with minimal invasiveness, with the option of both oral and topical anesthetics. Each procedure takes about an hour, and when finished, the patient may have a feeling that is similar to sunburn.

Active FX is perfect for;

  • Smoothening and tightening contours
  • Lifting eyelids
  • Reducing smoker’s lines
  • Addressing skin discoloration
  • Reducing the appearance of scars

Next time you have a big gala to attend like the,  Miracle Babies Gala, you may want to give Active FX a try so you can show up looking radiant as ever!

Microneedling

Microneeding, or collagen induction therapy, is a treatment that involves puncturing tiny holes in the skin to trigger the creation of new collagen and elastin. The procedure is minimally invasive and offers better firmness, texture, as well as a reduction in scars and stretch marks. Microneeding is sometimes combined with other treatments like platelet-rich plasma or a vitamin-based serum for optimal results.

So the way this procedure works is by making very tiny punctures on the skin to trigger a process of healing and restoration. It can be very effective especially for getting rid of wrinkles, acne, and other common problems. A doctor or technician will first apply numb the skin and then apply a serum, which then will be rubbed and needled into the skin, without any pain or any significant bleeding (so no, it won’t look like a vampire facial).

Thermage

Thermage is a non-surgical procedure that gently lifts the skin on the face, eyelids, neck, chest, and the back of the hands. Some people use it on the body as well, but this isn’t recommended. When treating the face, the entire face and jaw line are targeted to tighten the cheeks and lift skin along the area of the jawline. Some clinics do the area under the chin as part of the face, and not the neck.

Thermage is also useful when lifting the eyebrows to make your face come alive, and it can work on the neck as well, if the skin there is starting to sag. When used on other parts of the body, Thermage is not as effective – so don’t trust the before and after pictures on the web.

The procedure works by radiofrequency waves. It creates an energy field that has a heating effect on the skin, and through this gentle heating, the existing collagen is stimulated; and more importantly, new collagen is created. This is what reduces wrinkles, smoothens skin, and gives you a better complexion.   

To give you an idea of how effective this procedure is, one study from 2007 showed immediate changes in 87% of participants, with significant tightening of skin after 6 months. Following the trial, 94% of participants reported that the treatment met or exceeded their expectations.

Coolsculpting  

We’re in a city wear you can go to the beach or pool pretty much year round. So it’s in your best interest to keep you body looking good so you can rock that bikini year round instead of just pool season in the summer.

That’s where Coolsculpting comes into play. Years ago scientists learned that kids who ate a lot of ice cream had fewer fat cells around the cheeks, and some developed dimples. This is what led to the whole cryolipolysis business and now science completely backs this procedure as a legitimate way to remove a small amount of fat from the face, neck, or chin.

Coolsculpting exposes the skin to very low temperatures, which is completely safe and leads to the breakdown of fat cells in the desired area. Treated fat cells get frozen and then die off, leaving a more sculpted you. The body gets rid of the fat and safely removes the dead cells.

If you want to reduce puffiness in the face, or fatty saggy patches of skin, this is one way to do it. A full Coolsculpting procedure can get rid of fat by as much as 25%, and all this without surgery or downtime.

The procedure is done in under an hour, and the best part is, you can get back to work right after.  

Which procedure is best for me?

As with many things, it usually comes down to preference and body type. What works for one person might fail in another. This is why it’s important to consult an expert like Sean Daneshmand from Agelessandbeautiful before trying any of the procedures; and more so if you’re pregnant or under medication. Once you’ve gone through with any of these skin care procedures, the best way to keep skin looking good is to take care of it from both the inside and outside.

This means wearing sunscreen every day, drinking plenty of water, and watching your diet. Other lifestyle factors like drinking, smoking, and stress, should all be eliminated because they only speed up aging and make it difficult to maintain a youthful appearance.

To avoid all that, carry a bottle of water with you every day and perform basic skin care techniques like moisturizing – it’s the simple things that we ignore that end up damaging the skin for life. So be watchful, and remember, no stressing!