Nobody likes aging. That’s just a fact of life, and one reason countless explorers searched for the fabled “fountain of youth” for centuries.
Well, it’s no myth or legend—it’s technology! Our fabulous providers at TLJ Aesthetics MD believe we have the best anti-aging treatments right here in Issaquah.
Continue reading to learn more about how our skin ages, and how aesthetic laser treatments like BBL Hero, ClearSilk, and SkinTyte actively combat that process. (You can also reach out to our trusted medical aesthetic providers directly and we can answer all of your burning anti-aging questions.)
Before we discuss anti-aging treatments in Issaquah, it’s important to understand why and how skin ages.
Until about your mid-20s, your skin is very resilient and voluminous. Unless you suffer from severe adolescent acne or another skin condition (e.g. dermatitis, psoriasis, etc.), most of us enter our 20s with bright eyes, full cheeks, and no wrinkles to speak of.
According to researchers at Dartmouth, after the age of 20, your skin produces one percent less collagen each year (collagen and a similar fiber, elastin, create the structural framework for your skin). Your existing collagen and elastin becomes thicker, clumpy, and loose—setting the stage for inelastic, brittle skin that eventually wrinkles and sags.
Additionally, your skin cells start turning over much slower by your late 20s because of a decrease in fibroblasts in your skin and their collagen synthesis. This causes dead cells to accumulate and dull your skin’s complexion. The transfer of moisture between skin layers slows in your 30s, shrinking the fat cells that once gave you full, lifted cheeks, having a deflating effect.
By your 40s, your skin is much thinner and can’t produce as much collagen anymore, so more wrinkles, lines, and sagging appear. Finally, in your 50s, your skin is parched and easily bruised, damaged, or broken. This trend continues with the skin becoming drier, thinner, and more sensitive.
All that sounds dismal? No! No reason to panic! The above process we described, called intrinsic aging, does not take external influences into account.
Extrinsic aging refers to the process and causes of aging that occur outside of the body. These can be influences that actually speed up the process of intrinsic skin aging, like:
On the other hand, some external factors can slow or even reverse skin aging, like:
When it comes to anti-aging treatments in Issaquah, lasers are some of our most effective tools in our toolkit. Delivering targeted wavelengths into the skin through lasers accomplishes two things:
Depending on the wavelength(s) and your doctor’s skill and knowledge in the application of the device, you can use skin lasers to achieve a lot of your skincare goals in a short amount of time.
BroadBand Light (BBL) treatment makes use of hyper-precise Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) technology to target and correct pigment irregularities and skin blemishes. The new High Energy Rapid Output (Hero) attachment provides faster and more powerful IPL treatment in a fraction of the time.
Unlike other lasers, BBL Hero uses light energy to fight many of the causes of intrinsic skin aging at the source with minimal discomfort or downtime. When we kick start your body’s collagen and elastin production, you will notice your skin looks and feels softer, tighter, and more youthful.
By addressing collagen production and cellular turnover, BBL anti-aging treatments in Issaquah can even alter your skin cells’ genetic expression—meaning that at a DNA level, your skin can actually age in reverse—with regular treatments of at least once or twice a year.
Treatable conditions include:
ClearSilk is a non-ablative anti-aging treatment in Issaquah that is safe for all skin types. One of the more unique aspects of this treatment is it doesn’t require patients to avoid the sun before or after, making it the perfect laser facial for the summer months!
ClearSilk is gentle and does an excellent job targeting redness and other discoloration issues. It helps to reduce the appearance of multiple chromophores (the molecules that produce red color in skin), as well as safely administering heat energy that will address many other concerns, including:
SkinTyte is specifically designed to target and lift loose, sagging skin in key areas of your body. Sagging skin is one of the main (and most annoying!) signs of aging, but it can also result from pregnancy, weight loss, and genetics.
SkinTyte works by utilizing infrared light technology to heat dermal collagen deeply within the skin. This heat triggers your body’s collagen to contract and coagulate and start the healing process, which tightens your skin. It is effective on many areas of the body, including:
All of these anti-aging treatments in Issaquah are effective, but they work best in tandem.
Laser treatments can often treat similar conditions, but not every patient is a candidate for every laser. This is why it’s important for your provider to create a custom treatment plan.
During an initial consultation with TLJ Aesthetics, we take the time to assess your skin and qualify you for the lasers that will be most effective in addressing your goals. We will ask deep questions about what your ideal anti-aging treatment plan will look like, as well as factor in your available downtime and budget.
BBL is the cornerstone of a long-term anti-aging regimen for correcting both pigment concerns and issues with texture. It’s also very effective in delaying the way your skin ages, making it a great preventative treatment.
ClearSilk takes care of redness and also addresses the flushing associated with rosacea, which is otherwise difficult to treat. ClearSilk acts synergistically with BBL to improve luminocity and brightness to the skin.
The SkinTyte is the frosting on the cake, and while it does not provide a surgical result it is lovely to address issues with sagging or loose skin.
To further optimize your laser results and get even more out of your day to day anti-aging treatment in Issaquah, you need a reliable anti-aging skincare product to use at home. We recommend the Alastin Restorative Skin Complex.
This incredible product is the flagship of Alastin’s Restore and Renew line. It helps to restore and maintain skin health for a vibrant, youthful appearance. Its synergistic ingredients combat all visible signs of aging including skin tone, fine lines, and wrinkles for the face, neck, and décolleté. Its potent antioxidants help protect the skin from further damage.
If you have any further questions about our anti-aging treatments, TLJ Aesthetics MD is here to help.
The team at TLJ prides itself on providing excellent patient care and the highest quality aesthetic technology in the region. Whether you’re new to aesthetics or simply looking for a new provider, we welcome people of all ages to our practice to discover the TLJ difference.
Early on, Dr. Jacobson saw the connection between looking good and feeling good—between outer beauty and the desire to be your healthiest self. Dermatologic care and Aesthetics became a prominent part of her practice early in her career. She observed that when her patients were making efforts in improving their skin and aesthetic beauty, healthy lifestyle choices seemed to follow.
If you’re ready to get started, request an appointment online or give us a call at (425) 837-8842 or text 425-651-6799.
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