Look your best at any age...
It's only natural that as we age, fine lines, wrinkles, age spots and sagging skin start to appear. Whether aging skin is caused by your genetic make-up or factors such as environment, sun damage or lifestyle, there are many options available that provide younger, fresher looking skin for all ages.
Skin changes through the ages:
Ages 20 - 30: Although the skin is still smooth and supple, expression lines begin to appear on the forehead and around the eyes. Acne can develop even though absent in teenage years, and some scarring may occur from acne flare-ups.
Ages 30 - 40: "Crow's feet" appear around the eyes, and forehead lines deepen. Frown lines (lines between the eyebrows), naso-labial folds (lines that run from the nose to the mouth), and lines at the corners of the mouth begin to appear. Brown spots, sun spots and other signs of sundamage begin to appear.
Ages 40 - 50: "Smokers" lines appear above the vermilion border (along the top of the lip) and "commas" at the corners of the mouth deepen and lengthen to the chin. The vermilion border itself loses definition. Expression lines deepen around the mouth, forehead, and brows. The neck and "jowls"begin to sag.
Ages 50 - 60: During these years you'll begin to notice several changes, including the redistribution of facial fat and softening definition of the cheeks. Sun spots and brown spots worsen and increase. "Frown" lines and expression lines continue to deepen and the neck becomes pouchy and lined.
Which treatments do I need?
Dr. Memar performs a variety of aging skin treatments for patients in the Chicago area. To determine the appropriate treatment, he will first discuss your desired level of correction and then recommend the appropriate treatment.
Fine to moderate wrinkles, broken blood vessels, age spots, acne scars and mildly sagging skin respond well to many non-invasive procedures. For changes related to gravity and redistribution of facial fat, surgical procedures may be needed in addition to your ongoing non-invasive skin care treatments.
Wrinkle prevention treatments
Botox is one of the most recognized wrinkle fighters. It actually prevents wrinkles from appearing by relaxing the underlying muscles so they don't contract. Botox blocks impulses from the nerve to the tiny facial muscles that are related to expression lines. After treatment, the overlying skin remains smooth and unwrinkled while the untreated facial muscles contract in a normal fashion, allowing your normal facial expression to be unaffected.
Treatments for wrinkles, texture, and tightening
- Microdermabrasion removes only the outermost layer of dead skin to reveal softer, smoother and fresher looking skin.
- Wrinkle Injections using soft tissue fillers can improve the appearance of facial wrinkles by injections under the skin that elevate wrinkles and give you a more youthful appearance.
- Tissue Tightening uses safe, infrared light to cause the collagen in the skin's dermis to contract and tighten. Loose and sagging skin can be tightened, fine lines and wrinkles can be softened.
- Photo Rejuvenation is a system that uses intense pulsed light to treat age spots and broken capillaries, and to improve the appearance of fine lines.
- Light Chemical Peels gently exfoliate, smooth and soften the skin while they gently remove the outer skin cell layer. Light chemical peels can renew your skin's texture and improve its clarity.
- Fractional Lasers send light pulses into the dermis while leaving the epidermis intact, stimulating your body's own collagen which gradually improves your skin's appearance.
- Plasma Skin Regeneration transfers controlled thermal energy without any direct contact to improve skin tone and pigmentation and tighten your facial skin to improve your wrinkles and fine lines.
What is recovery like?
After Dr. Memar performs your aging skin treatment, you may experience some redness and/or swelling at the treatment site. This can be covered with make-up and you can resume normal activities immediately.
Maintaining your results
For optimum results, it's important to follow up your skin care rejuvenation treatments with the appropriate home skin care regimen. Your regimen may include the best prescriptive and nonprescriptive products to help you reach your goal. Our staff is trained to help you select the correct skin care products based on your skin type, your desired level of improvement, your tolerance to ingredients and your lifestyle.
Since prevention is so much more effective than correction of a problem, it is key to know four facts in skin health. First, sun is bad for the skin, causing dryness and scaling and ultimately skin cancer. Second, chronic inflammation (like acne, eczema, contact allergies) is bad for the skin. Inflammation can cause the breakdown of collagen, create pigmentary irregularities (splotchyness), and cause scarring. Third, smoking will lead to premature aging; that is a fact. Fourth, healthy inside is healthy outside, and a healthy diet translates to healthy skin.
Diet recommended by Dr. Memar for healthy skin:
* 40 to 60 grams of protein per day, depending on physical activity
* A multi-vitamin per day
* Diet rich in deeply pigmented vegetables and fruits
o Like blueberries, dark leafy vegetables, tomato
* Diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids
o Like flax-seed (freshly ground), caviar, sardines, or deep water fish like salmon
* Diet lacking inflammatory oils
o Like hydrogenated oils (margarine), saturated fats
Different age groups have different concerns:
Most of the sun exposure in our lives is before the age of 20, however, the sooner you stop sun damage, the better, and this is the time to break habits of sun tanning.
Secondly, get in the habit of wearing sun blocks, with SPF 30 or more. I prefer the Neutrogena line, due to the large selection.
Third, all acne and inflammation on the face should be treated, because this leads to chronic inflammation and scarring. One new form of treatment is lasers for inflammatory acne.
Fourth, diet is key in healthy skin, and one should get in the habit of consuming a balanced diet. Diets rich in antioxidants protect the skin from free radicals that might be induced by sun exposure or chronic inflammation.
Fifth, monitor your moles. You can still get new moles in your early twenties, but if they change or darken, seek a dermatologist.
Sixth, men with a family history of hair loss might start showing the signs of male pattern hair loss. Stopping the cause of shedding and addressing the male pattern alopecia is best done at this stage.
Pores increase in size (especially in "T-Zone") Chemical Peel; Laser Treatment
Small capillaries appear around nose, and cheeks Laser
Receding hair-line Hair Transplantation
At this point, sun blocks are key.
Second, you need to maintain a diet more rich in anti-oxidants, including Vitamin C, E, Selenium, Omega-3 fatty acids, beta carotene.
Third, start seeing a dermatologist for a complete skin screening.
Fourth, if your acne is worst in the 30’s than when you were in your 20’s, then I find many such women actually have contact allergies, which only get worst with time, and not better. See your dermatologist.
Fifth, give yourself regular self exams. Monitor all your moles, and look for any changes. At this point in life, you should not be getting any new moles, and if you do, show it to a dermatologist.
Sixth, this is when our metabolism starts to change and fatty deposits start to show themselves. In men, the flanks ("love handles"), abdomen, and chin accumulate fatty deposits. In women, the thighs, legs, abdomen, arms and face accumulate fatty deposits. The newest technique in liposuction known as micro-cannular tumescent liposuction is a safe, effective, inexpensive procedure with minimal down time.
Brown spots Laser; Chemical Peel; Good Skin Care
Moles changing See Dermatologist
Fatty deposits on chest of men, abdomen, love-handles, thighs, back Liposuction
Now is when you should be getting regular skin screenings.
Second, you should be continuing your self skin exams. If a sore is not healing or a new black mole appears, you must seek a dermatologist.
Third, skin imperfections, like benign keratoses and sun spots (solar lentigos) start forming. It is a good cosmetic measure to have your physician remove them.
Your metabolism can change and persistent fatty deposits can form in the jowels, abdomen, hips. It is very reasonable and safe to have liposuction. At the same time, fat from certain parts of the mid face can diminish. With microlipoinjection and collagen, one can easily recreate the contour of the face, and prevent the shrinking of the mid face.
Fifth, at this point, hair loss can become noticeable. Seek the help of a dermatologist in preventing progression and considering hair transplantation.
Sixth, with more worries and work at this stage of life, lines on the mid eyebrows increase due to over activity of frown-muscles, giving a tired look. With the advent of BOTOX®, one can safely remove these lines, and with touch-ups, prevent the deepening of these lines. Most of these can be done over a lunch time.
Jowl formation on face with excess fat under the chin Liposuction
Redundant eyelid skin Blepharoplasty
Fine lines on face Chemical Peel; BOTOX®; Lunchtime Procedures
Loose skin on face Fat Transfer; Featherlift®
Deepening laugh lines Restylane®; Sculptra®; Collagen; Fat Transfer
Fifty somethings and plus:
This is the best time in our lives. Mentally we are mature, and no more burning the candle at both ends. However, we need to take care of our bodies.
You should know your skin at this point and take good care of it. Self esteem comes both from inside and outside. The beauty of this age is we have mastered the internal component, and with the help of a dermatologist/cosmetic surgeon, you can maintain the outside. You deserve the best.
Redundant skin on neck and jowles Face-lift; Neck-lift
Redundant skin and stretch-marks on abdomen Mini-Tummy Tuck
Thin lips Lip Augmentation