It’s easy to feel lost when considering all of your skincare options. Sometimes the transition from anti-acne skincare to anti-aging skincare leaves us with our heads spinning. How do you know when it’s time for a certain product or treatment? Continue reading to find out.
Chemical peel: You can get a chemical as often as the seasons change, but once a year may be sufficient in your 20’s. If you are struggling with acne or melasma, you’ll want to consider a monthly series of chemical peels to treat your concern.
SkinPen: Similar to a chemical peel you can get this collagen inducing treatment as a series to target a specific concern, but you may need this treatment as little as once every 12 months to maintain the elasticity of your skin.
Botox: Before lines begin to etch, you want to consider botox treatment. You can get treated as often as every 16 weeks, but even once a year will help slow the signs of aging in your 20’s.
Filler: There’s typically not much volume loss or hollowing yet, but if you were blessed with your grandma’a thin lips or your father’s weak chin and you’d like to add a little more structure or volume, this treatment can be done about once a year.
Sculptra: This bio-stimulator can be started once a year in your late 20’s to maintain your collagen in your cheeks, nasolabial folds, chin, and jawline. Book your Sculptra treatment around your birthday as a treat to yourself
Dermaplaning: You can get dermaplaning every 4-6 weeks to help with product penetration and smoother application of makeup. This will remove the peach fuzz from your face along with the topmost layers of dead skin cells. You’ll find a much better outcome having this done in the office rather than using an eyebrow razor at home. This is an excellent treatment for glowing skin at a special event.
Chemical peel: It’s time to include this treatment 1-2 times a year to treat all signs of aging. Get this done at your botox appointment to maximize your results and minimize your time in the office. It also numbs your skin to make the needle pokes less painful!
SkinPen: 1-2 times a year. This will help reduce any scars, pore size, and will help treat signs of sagging and skin laxity. For advanced signs of aging, consider a SkinPen series. This treatment has minimal downtime, just keep clean and cool for 3-4 days after treatment.
Botox: As lines start to etch, adding regular botox appointments to a great skincare routine can help you reverse signs of aging. Botox works by softening expression lines and is most commonly used to treat frown lines between the brows, to treat the horizontal forehead lines, and to treat the crows feet.
Filler: As nasolabial folds, smile lines, and dark circles under the eyes form, you can treat the changes with hyaluronic acid dermal fillers. Treatment is needed yearly for each area. Some fillers provide structural support and others mimic the mobility of your natural lips. Not sure where to start? Ask your injector for the best treatment option for your area of concern.
Sculptra: Another option to treat the first signs of volume loss is Sculptra. You’ll likely need 3-4 vials for your initial series when you start Sculptra in your 30’s. If you started in your 20’s, your maintenance treatment will continue with 1 vial every 1-2 years as needed.
Dermaplaning: Add this on before or between chemical peels to deepen the penetration of the peel and your skincare products. As pigmentation forms from sun damage, this will help allow your treatment products to work more effectively.
40’s & 50’s
Chemical peel: You’ll start to see this is a necessity rather than an option as fine lines develop under your eyes and you notice increased laxity throughout your face. Your peel formula can target advanced signs of aging or sun damage according to your needs. If you’ve never done a corrective series, expect 3-6 peels to maximize your results. Maintain with a peel at least two to four times a year.
SkinPen: 2-4 weeks after a peel, you can follow up with a SkinPen treatment. This will induce collagen production and help physically break up old damaged collagen and elastin as well as hyperpigmented cells. With little downtime, you can start to incorporate this into your skincare maintenance plan 2-4 times a year.
Botox: Every 12-16 weeks you should get treated. For the smoothest skin, you’ll want to avoid allowing lines to etch as it’s increasingly difficult to build collagen after it’s lost.
Filler: If you’ve waited until now to start getting filler to replace lost volume, expect to need 4-6 syringes or more to reach full correction. Of course for a more subtle improvement, fewer syringes can make an impact. This can be done in a series and not all in one session. After your initial treatment, maintaining your results every 6-12 months will likely mean less syringes at each treatment.
Sculptra: If you’re maintaining treatment you’ve already started, you’ll need this every 1-2 years. You’ll likely need 4-6 vials over 3 visits when you start Sculptra at this age range.
Dermaplaning: Add this on before or between chemical peels to deepen the penetration. As pigmentation forms from sun damage, this will help allow your treatment products to work more effectively. Suddenly seeing more peach fuzz as you age? Schedule these more frequently as your hormones shifts cause changes in your body.
Chemical peel: Continue chemical peels as you age to stimulate collagen and decrease pigmentation. Your cell turnover slows from a 28 day cycle to 40+ days as you age, so this can really help transform dull skin.
SkinPen: As your skin thins, this can help you maintain your collagen. As you lose fat, this may become a more sensitive procedure because fat is needed to absorb some numbing products, so talk with your provider if you’re noticing more discomfort during treatment to discuss options to enhance comfort.
Botox: Your botox dose and your treatment locations may change as you age, but talk with your provider about your goals so you can establish a plan together. Remember that your muscles require some strength to be weakened with medicine, which is what Botox does to treat expression lines.
Filler: Treatment considerations are similar to that in your 40’s-50’s. If your skin is becoming too loose, a facelift may provide the result you desire.
Sculptra: 5-9 vials for the initial series will help replenish your natural collagen production to an improved baseline. As lines form in your neck and chest, you can consider Sculptra in these areas as well. You’ll maintain with a yearly treatment.
Dermaplaning: This is a great procedure to help with the continued peach fuzz problem, but you may start to notice less fine hair as you age. Dermaplaning is not the ideal treatment for coarse hairs. If your skin is thin and your face has many bony prominences, we can help you find a more suitable treatment option.
Hopefully this helps you find some clarity in what treatments are appropriate for you based on your age and primary skin concerns. If you’re still feeling lost, book a consultation to discuss where to start. Remember that if you’re planning for a special event, starting early is best.