One of the most common reasons patients consult Dr. Michele Green is for anti-aging treatments and wrinkle prevention. Dr. Green, is consistently voted one of the best dermatologists in New York, and is a firm believer in the early prevention of sun damage and wrinkles. Much of what Dr. Green focuses on in her private NYC office is providing a combination of the best anti-aging skin care and noninvasive wrinkle treatments to her patients. With a combination of the best anti-aging ingredients, dermal fillers, injectables, laser treatments and other cosmetic procedures, Dr. Green will formulate a custom tailored program for your skin type and desired results. Cosmetic dermatology is helping patients focus on preventing and reversing the aging process whenever possible.
Best Anti-Aging Skin Care
Sunscreen use for anti aging
The number one wrinkle prevention tip that everyone should abide by is the use of daily sunscreen. Regular sunscreen use prevents sun damage and premature wrinkling of the skin. The minimum recommended SPF protection is SPF 30 or higher. Dr. Green believes that an SPF 50 is the ideal level for sunblock and is best applied thirty minutes before direct sun exposure. It is also important to use a “broad spectrum” sunscreen. Only sunscreens which pass the FDA’s broad spectrum test, (providing protection against UVA and UVB rays), can be labeled this way. Regardless of the weather, one should always be in the habit of applying sunblock to prevent brown spots, wrinkles and other actinic damage.
Vitamin C serum for anti aging
In regards to skincare, there are several ingredients to look out for when creating an anti aging skincare regime. Vitamin C is an essential component in the body’s production of collagen and elastin and a potent antioxidant. Topical Vitamin C can help rejuvenate aging and photo-damaged skin. Vitamin C fights free radicals and environmental pollutants which damage the skin. Vitamin C helps improve dark spots, brown spots, skin texture, tone, fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin C serum is also effective at treating the redness of rosacea and decreasing the appearance of blood vessels on the face. Dr. Green’s Vitamin C serum is the most popular product in her MGSkinLabs, Inc line of products.
Hydrating lotions and moisturizers are also essential for helping to add hydration to the skin. The most popular moisturizer in Dr. Green’s office is the Absolute Recovery Anti-wrinkle cream. With a combination of anti-aging ingredients and rich emollients, this anti aging moisturizer helps soothe damaged skin and improves the appearance of your skin. Hydra Repair is the ideal hyaluronic acid serum. In stimulating collagen production, it is the ideal anti-aging serum, making your skin appear younger looking.
Skin brightening agents such as hydroquinones to remove brown spots or sun spots are extremely popular. Skin lightening is one of Dr. Green’s main specialties. Dr. Green’s Skinbright Rx is often combined with retinols and chemical peels to exfoliate the top layer of skin cells and remove unwanted hyperpigmentation. Dr. Green customizes creams with higher strengths of hydroquinones and retinoids for her private dermatology patients in her New York office.
Retinols, Retinoids, and Vitamin A for anti aging
Retinols and Retinoids are powerful anti aging ingredients which are derived from Vitamin A. Retin-A is a prescription based Vitamin A product which reverses the signs of aging and sun damage. Retinoids improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and evens out pigmentation, tone, and texture. Retinoids stimulates collagen and elastin production and decrease the appearance of pore size. Retinoids also stimulate fibroblasts, which are the cells responsible for keeping your skin firm and younger looking. Retin-A is only available as a prescription from a dermatologist, like Dr. Green. It’s important to be under the care of a dermatologist when starting treatment with retinoids because certain side effects like peeling, redness, and photosensitivity should be monitored.
Many patients prefer retinols over Retin-A to avoid the irritating side effects of Retin-A. Retinols also increase skin cell turnover, improve skin tone and texture, treat brown spots, improve collagen production, and stimulate blood flow to the skin. Dr. Green’s Antioxidant Infusion contains a powerful balance of antioxidants and retinol, which she recommends to her patients for use at nighttime, to stimulate collagen production and help create beautiful skin.
Best Dermal Fillers & Injectables for Anti-aging Treatment New York
Most of Dr. Michele Green’s patients come to Dr. Green to avoid invasive plastic surgery. In addition to the proper skincare, Dr. Green advises on a range of dermal fillers and cosmetic injectables so that her patients can avoid having a facelift. Two of the most popular dermal fillers which Dr. Green uses in her practice are the Juvederm and Restylane brand of fillers. In particular, Juvederm Voluma and Restylane Lyft are two of the most popular fillers in that they “lift” the skin, replace lost volume in various areas of the face, and help improve the appearance of sagging skin.
Botox is a household name in smoothing out wrinkles and fine lines on the face. Botox injections are the most popular non-invasive treatment in the United States. Botox is a neurotoxin, similar to Dysport and Xeomin, and relaxes and smooths existing facial wrinkles, and prevents new lines from forming.
Sculptra is derived from poly-L-lactic acid and is a dermal filler which stimulates your skin’s own natural collagen production by creating volume over any area of the face. Sculptra gradually produces more volume and is an ideal volumizer for pan-facial rejuvenation of the face. For the best anti aging treatment, Dr. Green will often combine one or more dermal fillers with Botox, In her New York office, to achieve the best cosmetic result.
Patient received 2 syringes of Voluma into cheeks and Botox on forehead.
For deeper lines and replacing lost volume, fillers are used in order to combat the loss of skin elasticity and collagen that comes with age. Dr. Green may layer Sculptra, Restylane or Juvederm in order to add volume and smooth out various deeper wrinkles in the face.
Best Anti-Aging Treatments
Laser Treatments for Fine Lines and Wrinkles
Thermage for skin tightening
Dr. Green utilizes several different laser treatments depending on what your primary cosmetic concern is. Dr. Green performs Thermage to stimulate collagen growth and tighten the skin. Thermage is the gold standard for noninvasive skin tightening and utilizes radiofrequency technology to help treat sagging skin. The new Thermage FLX provides even better skin tightening and faster results. As you age, your body loses collagen in your skin, causing visible wrinkles and sagging. By stimulating the body to produce new collagen, Thermage® gives you tighter, smoother skin, softens fine lines and wrinkles, and helps you look younger without any incisions or surgery. Thermage can be used nearly anywhere on the face or body for a nonsurgical “lift” that firms and tightens loose skin. With the new Thermage FLX, Dr. Green can achieve these skin tightening results even faster.
Fraxel laser anti-aging treatment
For an overall anti-aging improvement, Dr. Green recommends the Fraxel Laser. She calls it the “magic eraser”. This type of skin resurfacing uses microbeams of laser energy to create controlled damage in the targeted areas. The process simultaneously removes thin layers of damaged skin while promoting the natural healing processes of the body to create new, healthy tissue. The final result is skin that looks and feels smoother, removing pigmentation and fine lines, and leaving younger looking skin. Because sun-damaged and pre-cancerous skin cells are removed during Fraxel laser resurfacing, your skin’s health actually improves as well.
Fraxel does require some minimal down time, some peeling or redness for a few days. For those patients who do not want any downtime, there is a laser called the Clear & Brilliant, which is often referred to as the “mini” Fraxel, and requires no downtime whatsoever. However, unlike Fraxel, where results can be seen in just one treatment, the Clear & Brilliant can take five or more treatments in order to see similar results.
For those with darker skin tones, such as type IV skin or higher, the Fraxel laser may not be the idea laser since it can create more pigmentation. For patients with darker skin tones, Dr. Green uses chemical peels or the eMatrix laser. The technology of the eMatrix was designed for patients of all skin types. The eMatrix™ can effectively and safely be used on a wide range of skin tones and types including Asian, Mediterranean, Latin American and African American skin. Patients see overall improvement in fine lines, wrinkles, texture, tone, acne scars, dark spots, and overall luminosity in all skin types.
Chemical peels are a great complement to your skincare regime, to exfoliate the top layer of skin and leave your skin’s surface smooth, bright, and rejuvenated. There are different strengths of Trichloroacetic acids and Alpha hydroxy acids which can be used to peel your skin. The strength of the peel controls the degree of improvement and downtime. Chemical peels are ideal for treating fine lines and wrinkles, sun spots, age spots, hyperpigmentation and skin discoloration. Dr. Green uses chemical peels for rejuvenating your skin from sun damage, acne breakouts, and for acne scars. Retinols and retinoids are used commonly in conjunction with chemical peels to exfoliate the skin to a deeper level for the best possible cosmetic results. Sunscreen is essential after having a chemical peel, as the new skin cells are very sensitive to the sun.
Microneedling is another very popular anti-aging procedure, especially when combined with Platelet Rich Plasma, or PRP. PRP is derived from your own blood and contains all of the essential growth factors which stimulate collagen and rejuvenation. Hyaluronic acid serums, as well as other anti-aging serums, are commonly infused into the skin during microneedling.
Microdermabrasion gently exfoliates the skin, making microscopic punctures in the skin, causing collagen remodeling. Microdermabrasion is often combined with Oxygen facials, to infuse Oxygen into the skin, for more effective anti-aging results.
Hydrafacials combines the techniques of cleansing, exfoliating, and hydrating to leave your skin refreshed and glowing, immediately after treatment. Special serums can be infused during the hydrating protein of your medical facial to treat your particular problem, whether it be pigmentation, redness, or simply wrinkles. Hydrafacials treat uneven skin tone, acne, sun damage, clogged pores, dry skin, and blemishes for all over skin rejuvenation.
Dr. Michele Green offers the best anti-aging treatments and wrinkle prevention, from skincare to injectables and laser treatments. Dr. Green is an expert in these treatments and can create a protocol designed just for you. There are a lot of ways to halt the aging process and bring back younger, healthier looking skin. Please call the office at 212-535-3088 or contact us online for more information and to schedule your consultation to find out what is the best treatment for you.