It can be quite stressful when you look in the mirror and the signs of aging become increasingly apparent. You start to wonder if it’s too late to stop aging in its tracks. Do we ever reach a point in our maturity where it becomes a waste of time and money to apply anti-aging treatments? Let’s find out!
To put it simply, there is no one age that can be deemed as the cut-off age for anti-aging treatment. In fact, everyone ages differently and at a different pace. That being said, we do reach a point in our lives when anti-aging treatments and routines just don’t work. Why? To determine that, we have to take a look at how and why anti-aging treatments work.
From wrinkle creams to full blown cosmetic procedures like chemical peels and light therapy, each of these treatment options targets specific natural body functions to undo the aging process.
When we age, years of sun damage and the loss of collagen, hyaluronic acid, and elastin all cause our skin to thin, become frail, and of course wrinkle. Anti-aging products and treatments set out to erase the damage by promoting healing and replenishing the ever-important proteins that give youthful skin its radiance and bounce.
Unfortunately, the promotion of healing and the replenishment of proteins can only be accomplished if certain bodily functions are in proper working order.
For example, if you’ve reached the point where your skin simply no longer produces collagen (which happens as we age), it’ll be much harder for the small amount of collagen that’s left to jump into overdrive and quickly produce more. That’s why at a certain age, these treatments become far less effective with results that are almost impossible to see.
The severity of your aging skin also plays a role in determining how well your treatments will work. For example, if you’ve had the same severely deep creases for years, if not decades, then it’s safe to say that your chances of turning back the hands of time are quite slim.
While we don’t exactly consider it too late to use anti-aging treatment, there is a general age at which you should begin. Dermatologists recommend that you begin incorporating anti-aging treatments and products into your daily routine as early as 21 years old.
Starting this early acts more as a prevention rather than a cure, which gives it a better chance of working in your favor.
As we mentioned, no one skin type is the same. Since that is the case, there is a plethora of anti-aging treatments available to each of us.
One of the most popular cosmetic dermatology treatments that can be used by almost everyone is a chemical peel. This simple procedure forces your skin to slough away the tired and wrinkled top layer and replace it with new, healthier cells. This is considerably more effective the younger you are, but it can still help older folks achieve their skin care goals.
Botox is another treatment method that can help mature individuals stop aging. It may even be more effective than a chemical peel thanks to the fact that the procedure doesn’t need to rely on the production of healthy cells (that may no longer be as healthy as they once were). Instead, Botox focuses on the facial muscles that are responsible for causing wrinkles and freezes them in place.
Botox and chemical peels are just two procedures that can be implemented at any age. To find out what may work for you, our experts at The Dermatology Group in Cincinnati, Ohio may be able to help you explore options and begin treatment. Give us a call today!