by Dr. Carmen Montano, M.D.
Prevention and Maintenance is key. Some of you want to age with dignity, allowing the aging process to unfold naturally with inevitable skin damage. Others want to take care of their skin and keep a healthy and glowing appearance. To accomplish this goal, basic principles of prevention are necessary: hydration, moisturizing, effective sunscreen use, stress management, avoiding smoking and good quality sleep.
Genetics have a lot to do with the way we age, and we can slow down the process. Look at your mother and older sisters’ skin. It’s likely your skin will age the same way. The sooner you prevent those changes, the better the results.
Wrinkles: Botox is a great method to slow down those unwanted wrinkles and improve your facial expression. Frown lines make you look mad and can be corrected with Botox, which lasts 3 to 4 months. As the muscles relax and become “lazy”, you won’t be able to frown that much – making those lines less noticeable. With time, you may be able to extend the intervals for Botox to every 6 months when your muscles are no longer as strong. Don’t wait too long to start correcting those lines. When they become too deep, they become irreversible. The same applies for crow’s feet and forehead lines.
Fillers: Great for nasolabial folds, marionette lines (corner of the mouth to the chin), fine lines around your lips and cheek augmentation; they give you a natural and youthful appearance; and help regenerate collagen. The effect lasts 9-12 months; some fillers up to 2 years.
Micro-needling: For overall skin conditions: fine lines, sagging skin, large pores, acne scars, etc. micro-needling is a great treatment. And not all micro needling treatments are created equal. Different results depend on the technique and products applied. I customize micro-needling depending on the skin condition. Some people see great results after one treatment. Others need 3 or more, depending on the baseline of their skin. Personally, I don’t offer this treatment to smokers since skin circulation is very compromised by the nicotine.
Mole/Growth Removal: The moles, growths and dark spots that appear with aging give the skin a “dirty” appearance. My procedures are painless. As a physician, I have a license to use the appropriate anesthesia. You don’t need to endure pain.
For prevention of aging and maintenance of youthful skin, call me for a free consultation, 505-299-0069, goodbyeimperfectionsmdnm.com.