How to Thwart the First Signs of Aging

Posted on September 17, 2014 by: Dr. Ronald DeMars

For most people, the first signs of aging typically appear in their late 20s and early 30s. Lines, wrinkles, under-eye circles and sun spots can detract from an otherwise beautiful face. However, in many cases these imperfections aren’t serious enough to warrant surgical treatment.

If you’re self-conscious of premature signs of aging but not yet ready for facial plastic surgery, Dr. Ronald DeMars, a plastic surgeon in Portland, offers a few non-surgical solutions.

Lines and Wrinkles

As the body ages, it stops producing collagen and elastin, two proteins that are vital for keeping the skin firm and plump. With less collagen and elastin, the skin develops fine lines and wrinkles. Also, repeated muscle motions like laughing and squinting can cause marionette lines around the mouth and crow’s feet around the eyes.

Solution: Botox and dermal fillers are great for treating fine lines and wrinkles. Botox actually relaxes the facial muscles to smooth the look of line and wrinkles. Dermal fillers add volume to larger wrinkles and facial folds. The effects are temporary, so repeat treatment is recommended.

Under-eye Bags

Age also affects the area underneath the eyes, causing it to become dark and puffy. Makeup can temporarily hide bags and dark circles, but luckily, there is a longer-lasting solution.

Solution: Hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers are great for filling in the under-eye hollows for a healthier and more rested appearance. In some cases, laser skin resurfacing can also improve the under-eye area.

Sun Spots and Hyperpigmentation

Years of unprotected exposure to the sun can also start to catch up to a person in their late 20s and early 30s. Sun damage may manifest in freckles, larger sun spots and areas of irregular pigmentation.

Solution: Laser skin resurfacing is great for correcting uneven pigmentation and smoothing the overall complexion. It removes damaged skin to reveal fresher, healthier skin. Also, to prevent further damage, slather on sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 if you know you’ll be out in the sun!

Schedule a Consultation with Dr. DeMars

To learn more about any of these treatments, please contact Dr. DeMars to schedule a personal consultation. Call (503) 253-3458 or send us an email today.