Treatments designed to smooth skin and reduce wrinkles may rely on the power of hyaluronic acid. Learn some of its secrets with Groupon's guide.
If your joints don’t creak and your eyeballs don’t squish around in their sockets, you have hyaluronic acid to thank. It’s a gel-like substance that lubricates and gives shape to several key components of the body, and with the help of dermatologists and chemists, it becomes even more versatile. Injected in the form of dermal fillers such as Juvéderm and Restylane, it can soften fine lines and replace lost volume in skin, creating a more youthful appearance that can last up to a year. Because it’s already found naturally in the body, it doesn't irritate surrounding tissues when injected. (And humans aren’t the only creatures who rely on the substance—before chemists learned to synthesize it, it used to be extracted from rooster combs.)
Hyaluronic acid also appears in many moisturizers and anti-aging creams, but unlike dermal fillers, these won't have much impact on wrinkles. "When you use hyaluronic acid topically, it doesn't penetrate the skin," says Dr. Debra Jaliman, author of Skin Rules: Trade Secrets from a Top New York Dermatologist. "It only acts as a moisturizer." But that effect shouldn’t be underestimated. Hyaluronic acid is a humectant, meaning that it draws in water from the air and holds it against the epidermis, hydrating the skin without clogging pores like some lotions and mud pits can. "Patients who are acne-prone really like this, as it is noncomedogenic," Dr. Jaliman adds. "It is also useful for patients who have eczema or rosacea, as it is not irritating."
While its effects on the skin are well known, some believe that ingesting hyaluronic acid could also be beneficial. In 2000, ABC’s 20/20 popularized the hypothesis that a diet high in starchy vegetables that boost hyaluronic-acid production was responsible for the unusually smooth skin of elderly people in the Japanese village of Yuzuri Hara, where many residents live to be over 90.
Board-certified Nurse Practitioner R J Edwards not only has nearly a decade in aesthetic medicine, but also training from some of Oregon's top plastic surgeons. She draws on this experience at her med spa, R J Edwards Aesthetic Clinic, where she addresses a host of aesthetic concerns with cosmetic treatments. Read on to learn more about a few:
Acne and acne scars: She targets and shrinks oil glands with a laser-light procedure or relies on less invasive chemical peels to resurface skin. Both treatments can minimize breakouts and reduce the appearance of scars.
Uneven skin tone and texture: Nurse Practitioner R J Edwards also employs medical-grade chemical peels and Vi Peels to improve overall skin tone. CoolTouch laser and microneedling treatments can be helpful, too.
Dark undereye circles: Nurse Practitioner R J Edwards improves the appearance of dark circles with such fillers as Juvéderm Voluma XC, Restylane Lyft, and Radiesse.
Crow's-feet: To smooth these smile lines around the eyes, she may inject Botox, Dysport, or Xeomin, which can reduce forehead and frown lines, as well.
Toenail fungus: Her laser can penetrate infected toenails and destroy nail fungus with minimal pain and no downtime, helping clients get back to wearing sandals or slippers with the toes cut out as soon as possible.
Patients of Dr. Kenneth A. Janoff may recognize the vascular surgeon from his appearances on AM Northwest and KGW News, where he introduced viewers to the latest treatment options for varicose and spider veins. Off camera, he helms Bridgeport Vein Center alongside Dr. Patrick M. Lehti––an accomplished vascular surgeon with more than 25 years of experience––and a team that includes registered nurses specializing in sclerotherapy, dermal fillers, and laser rejuvenation. Together, the staff pools their collective expertise to restore smooth, youthful skin and treat venous diseases with the most up-to-date treatments. After an ultrasound exam that detects and analyzes problem veins, the team charts a treatment plan that could include ambulatory phlebectomy (surgical removal) or sclerotherapy––a method that targets veins with an injectable solution which causes them to break up, move out of the condo they share with healthy veins, and eventually become reabsorbed back into the body. As an alternative to surgery, the doctors may also turn to the state-of-the-art Venefit treatment, which collapses the blood tunnels by heating them from the inside out via a catheter and typically allows patients to return to normal activities within a day.
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At Allure Advanced Aesthetics, the decor may resemble a boutique spa, but the treatments come with the power of a medical clinic. A board-certified medical director along with a licensed laser technician lead the team of aestheticians in self-improvement treatments on both the aesthetic and cosmetic ends of the beauty spectrum. The team's advanced Palomar and SmartSkin CO2 laser systems rid the body of wrinkles, age spots, and body hair, and their PCA Skincare products treat less pressing issues and foster overall skin health. On the cosmetic side, the team gives clients a younger, more supple appearance with the help of injectable and filler treatments like Juvederm and Botox. Chiropractors, massage therapists, and nutritionists also stand by, rounding out the service menu with general wellness options that instill feelings of relaxation and sustained health.
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