One Problem, Three Ways to Treat It: Skin Elasticity

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Although being in the beauty biz has its perks, it doesn’t grant us NewBeauty staffers immunity from troublesome beauty concerns. But it does help us out with finding a solution. At 39, NewBeauty’s Traffic Manager, Melissa has noticed a loss of elasticity in her skin, especially around the lower part of her cheeks. We set out to find a solution, and not just one.

Why it's happening:

The closer we get to 40, the more the body and face start to change. “Fat metabolism slows down, there’s a loss of fat in the face and the skin isn’t as elastic as before because of degrading levels of collagen and elastin,” explains Chapel Hill, NC, facial plastic surgeon J. Charles Finn, MD. “The more volume that’s lost in the cheeks, the more pre-jowls start to form.”

Fix it with:

01: Over-the-counter creams

Peptide-rich creams can help to give a lifting and tightening effect since they work to reinforce the existing collagen structure for better support—the stronger the collagen, the firmer the skin is. Zelens Z Firm, ($185) incorporates skin firmers such as tripeptides, triterpenes, proteins and plant extracts to tighten, tone, firm and lift.

02: Restoring the volume

While it may seem like the easiest fix is to load up any line or wrinkle with filler, fillers and injectables need to be used correctly to get a good end result. Although hyaluronic and collagen stimulating fillers are great for replacing lost volume, they need to be injected in the right areas and at the right depths to make a difference. “To replace volume, Sculptra Aesthetic is a great choice because it also stimulates collagen to be made so that the skin becomes firmer and stronger,” says Dallas dermatologist Mary Hurley, MD.  

03: Lifting sans surgery

Not unequivocally comparable to the effects of what can be achieved with a filler (or even surgery when it’s considered necessary), nonsurgical lifting treatments may help to some degree. However, when fat loss contributes to loose skin, it’s important that if skin tightening devices like Thermage, Venus Freeze, Accent and even ultrasound therapies like Ulthera are used, they are used properly. “The common theme is that they send heat to the dermis to give a wound healing response. If the treatment gets too hot, additional volume can be lost because of damage that’s incurred by the fat cells,” says Dr. Finn.

For more staff beauty problems and solutions, pick up the Fall issue of NewBeauty, on stands September 25.