The effects of aging can manifest in a range of unwelcome ways. Sometimes, they show up as lines and bunched-up skin, blemishes, discolorations, or rough patches. But skin doesn’t just form wrinkles and spots. It also pulls away from its underlying support structures and droops, forming hollowed out areas and an appearance of sagging lower down. One of the main issues behind just about all of these symptoms is that the skin produces significantly less amounts of essential ingredients like collagen and hyaluronic acid over time, resulting in changes, including volume loss. At Western Dermatology Consultants’ Spa @ WDC, an Albuquerque-area spa, dermatology services include several non-surgical options for addressing volume loss, including Juvederm®, TempSure™, and fractional laser resurfacing.
A healthy and young human body has significant amounts of a protein called collagen, which is prevalent in the bones, muscles, tendons, connective tissues, and skin, helping to provide structure and support. Along with elastin, collagen gives the skin its elasticity and resilience, allowing it to maintain an elevated position and spring back to its original position when it is stretched.
Collagen and elastin fibers make up the structure of the mid-layer of skin, known as the dermis. In addition to gravity and the process of aging, chronic exposure to UV rays from sunlight, along with smoking and having a poor diet, can make collagen molecules break down faster than they can be replaced. This leads to often unwelcome skin changes.
One modality for making thinning skin more supple, bouncy, and firm is replacing what has been lost from the middle layer of skin beneath its surface with dermal filler injections. The Juvederm® collection is one of the most popular injectable filler options that offers two main benefits: volume and hydration. This family of fillers replenishes the moisture that has been depleted from the skin. Injectors strategically fill in depleted areas with a gel-like substance containing hyaluronic acid, a complex sugar molecule that is found naturally in the skin. This works from the inside out to hydrate dry, tired skin by pulling in moisture.
The outer layers of the skin are improved as a result. Some Juvederm® products can sculpt more youthful contours, while others are designed to fill in deep creases and folds on the middle and lower two-thirds of the face. There are various types of fillers available, including Juvederm® Ultra, Ultra Plus, Vollure™, Voluma®, and Volbella®. Each serves a unique function. Voluma® lifts and plumps the apples of the cheeks, while Volbella® and Ultra augment and enhance the lips. Vollure™ reduces moderate to severe wrinkles like nasolabial folds, also known as “smile lines” that stretch from the nose to the sides of the mouth.
Energy-based procedures can also promote collagen growth. One of the most commonly used techniques is fractional laser resurfacing. This procedure treats both the epidermis (top layer of skin) and the dermis below. Laser energy is directed to create thousands of microscopic channels in the skin, penetrating the deeper part to encourage collagen remodeling in the middle layer. This procedure is commonly used to target wrinkles, lines, sun damage, scars, and pigmentation irregularities. Only fragments of the skin are affected, while the rest is left intact to assist with and accelerate healing for the tiny injuries.
The FDA-approved TempSure™ device gently kickstarts collagen regrowth with radiofrequency energy. During a relatively quick, virtually pain-free session, TempSure™ heats the dermis. The skin on the face or body gradually becomes tighter and smoother, and the collagen that is created there persists. As the skin will inevitably continue to lose collagen and be damaged by external factors as time goes by, it’s often ideal to follow up with multiple sessions to maintain the outcome from TempSure™. This treatment is suitable for all skin types.
The Western Dermatology Consultants team can answer questions about treating volume loss. Explore options in the Albuquerque area and beyond by calling 505-855-5503 or sending a message for further details.