Quitting smoking in 2013?
It’s no secret that smoking takes a terrible toll on one’s health, so we applaud you if quitting tops your list of New Year’s resolutions.
But smoking also adds years to your looks. It leads to the premature emergence of wrinkles under the nose and around the mouth, as well as crow’s feet and a crosshatch of lines below the eyes and across the cheeks. What’s more, because smoking reduces the supply of oxygen and nutrients delivered to cells, the skin stops producing essential collagen and becomes lax, rough, and uneven in pigmentation. Smoking can even usher in early menopause, which further speeds up the aging process.
But there is a silver lining! Skin cells are resilient and have an almost miraculous ability to rejuvenate. So the minute smoke’s toxins are replaced by healthy nutrients, the tissues and organs of the body begin to heal. Still, nature alone can only do so much. For dramatic rejuvenation, you’ll need to put yourself in the skilled hands of a licensed skincare specialist, who will likely recommend a combination of these non-surgical treatments.
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Photo Rejuvenation: The energy delivered to both the superficial and deeper layers of skin repairs the cells and stimulates collagen production. That, in turn, helps reverse signs of aging, including fine lines and wrinkles, hyper-pigmentation, age spots, melasma, and broken capillaries.
Microdermabrasion: A non-surgical procedure that removes the skin’s dead surface cells through mild abrasion, thereby smoothing wrinkles and removing such imperfections as scars, age spots, lipstick lines, crow’s feet and hyper-pigmentation.
eMatrix Fractional Skin Resurfacing (Fraxel): A non-ablative laser procedure that helps return damaged, unhealthy skin to the look of smooth, even-toned vibrancy. Laser energy directed into the deeper dermis destroys damaged tissues while leaving adjoining healthy tissues untouched. The healing process that follows produces new skin that’s smooth and unblemished.
Medical-Grade Chemical Peel: A topical treatment, chemical peels are especially effective in correcting skin problems caused by smoking, sun-exposure, aging, and acne. Peels target the skin’s three layers, dissolving the dead skin cells to reveal soft, supple new skin.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP): A 100% all-natural protocol that employs the patient’s own blood components to stimulate the renewal of damaged tissue. Extracted blood platelets that contain proteins, nutrients, and a variety of growth factors are injected into the face and neck, stimulating collagen and hyaluronic production to repair wrinkles, discoloration, laxity, and dark circles under the eyes.
Cosmetic Injectables: These include Botox and Dysport, which relax facial muscles to smooth lines between the eyes, across the forehead and around the eyes. Injectables also include dermal fillers like Juvederm, Restylane and Perlane, which plump out lines and creases around the eyes and lips, from nose to mouth, and from mouth to chin.