With the advent of social media and smartphones, we are in the eyes of the public more than ever before. It’s no surprise that we want to ensure that we look at our very best all of the time, especially when we are going to have our picture published on Facebook or Instagram.
With youth, one feels in their prime. However, it is also the time in our lives when we can feel the most self conscious about our appearance since we feel that many of our peers may judge us on how we look. In other cases a person may simply be unhappy with the way they look and are interested in exploring the possibilities of changing their appearance to suit their own needs.
Acne & Skin Care in your 20’s
Generally when we hear from someone in their twenties about cosmetic dermatology they will come to us with very specific issues that they would like to address. This can cover a wide range of topics, but one of the most common treatments we are asked about is removing acne scars that may have held them back in their teens and early twenties. The good news is that there are many different acne treatment options that can help treat a person’s acne scars.
Another area that twenty-something individuals tend to be concerned about is how their skin looks in general. These concerns can range from having skin with a dull appearance, to wanting to improve the general smoothness of the skin. There are a range of treatments that we can recommend for a person in their 20s to tackle problem areas with the skin. For example a procedure such as Microdermabrasion or Clear + Brilliant can improve the overall look and ‘glow’ of the skin.
One potential issue in your mid to late twenties is sun-spot damage. This tends to appear later on in life, but if you had a lot of sun exposure at a young age without sunscreen then it is possible for pigmentation issues to occur. These issues can be addressed relatively easily through the use of laser treatments.
Laser hair removal
Another common issue that patients of all ages ask us about is laser hair removal. The process of shaving or waxing on a regular basis can become a time-consuming burden and for some individuals this process can cause rashes, which can cause discomfort and concern. It is not only women who are looking for a solution to shaving and waxing, many men are also looking at this treatment to help keep themselves looking at their best. Generally, a number of treatments will be required, spaced out over a number weeks and months, to ensure that the process is completely effective.
PRP for young men and women
Young male patients often ask us about Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) for treating hair loss. Unlike previous hair restoration methods, this requires no medications pre or post procedure. PRP uses your own blood cells in a way that helps stimulate hair follicles.
For women in their twenties, we get inquiries about PRP as well, but often for a different reason. With popularity rising in recent years thanks to celebrities and press coverage, more and more people are interested in PRP also, but not in the scalp, but in fact on the face, in what is known as a “Vampire Facial.” This procedure injects the plasma into the face via Microneedling.
CoolSculpting in your 20’s
Last but not least, due to its surge in popularity and press these days, we are often asked about ‘fat freezing’, or to give it its technical name, cryolipolysis. This is a method of fat removal that uses a technique called CoolSculpting, that can be used to help reduce fat in problem areas, such as the tummy, hips and thighs. Sometimes when we exercise regularly and have a good diet, excess fat can still be present in some areas of the body that have a reputation of being hard to shift. In these instances CoolSculpting can help reduce fat in these areas. The process is straightforward, the CoolSculpting applicator is placed on the body, the skin is cooled down, and over time fat is expelled from the body naturally.
Patients in their twenties are also keen to find out about proper skin care routines. There are a number of things that you can do depending on your complexion to help your skin look its best now and in the future. For those individuals who want to ensure that they are doing the right thing and taking care of their appearance properly, then a great first step is finding a board certified dermatologist who you can schedule a regular check up with.
If you have concerns about your skin or your appearance and wish to find out more, then contact Dr. Green at her NYC-based practice to schedule an appointment. Contact us online today or call 212-535-3088 to learn more