Ah, technology. The ability to access information and connect with others by using our devices is truly amazing. We can get what we want and find things out in a matter of seconds, just by clicking an app or a site on our phones or tablets. But with convenience, comes a price. And who pays the price? Our skin!
It's true. Staring down at our devices, scrolling through social media can lead to the dreaded "tech neck:" horizontal lines and wrinkles on our necks. And the blue light emitted from devices has been shown to accelerate the aging process by damaging proteins and killing cells-- leading to wrinkles, sagging skin, and dullness. The light can lead to hyperpigmentation as well: darker spots, the same way ones that come out with too much UV light exposure. Squinting at our tiny screens can lead to Crow's feet around the eyes.
So what's a technology loving person to do?
First and foremost, a great skin care regimen is key. Protect skin daily with a broad spectrum sunblock that contains zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. At Premier Dermatology, MD, we carry multiple sunblocks by EltaMD and Skinceuticals. Products like Vitamin C serums and topical Resveratrol help repair antioxidant damage. Peptides and growth factors stimulate collagen and help to tighten the skin. Retinol creams (not for women who are pregnant or nursing) increase cell turnover and stimulate collagen to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as work to improve hyperpigmentation.
Dr. Bilu Martin uses Botox or Dysport to soften Crow's feet. She injects PRP (platelet rich plasma) under and around the eyes to improve fine lines and texture. For the neck, Dr. Bilu Martin uses a combination of treatments, including Botox or Dysport to soften vertical and horizontal bands. She places dissolvable PDO threads to both lift and soften horizontal lines in the neck. In addition, Dr. Bilu Martin performs a series of laser treatments to the face and neck to improve texture and fine lines with minimal discomfort or downtime. Aquagold, with or without PRP, is another favorite treatment at pdmd to improve the appearence of pores, fine lines, and dull skin. In this treatment, a combination of Botox/Dysport and hyaluronic acid (plus or minus PRP) is microneedled all over the face, leaving skin glowing.
Audrey, our amazing aesthetician, uses a variety of treatments, including microdermabrasion, dermaplaning, medical grade skincare, masks, and chemical peels to improve damage and hyperpigmentation. The Vi peel, one of her favorite treatments, is a superficial peel that is usually done in a series. Skin will peel for a few days, resulting in brighter, smoother skin.
This October at PDMD is the perfect time to take advantage of our specials and combat damage from technology. To schedule your appointment with Dr. Bilu Martin and Audrey, call us at 305-521-8971.