Aesthetics Today

Wikipedia describes aesthetics as Aesthetics, or esthetics (/ɛsˈθɛtɪks, iːs-, æs-/), is a branch of philosophy that deals with the nature of beauty and taste, as well as the philosophy of art (its own area of philosophy that comes out of aesthetics).[1] It examines aesthetic values, often expressed through judgments of taste.

Aesthetics covers both natural and artificial sources of aesthetic experience and judgment. It considers what happens in our minds when we engage with aesthetic objects or environments such as viewing visual art, listening to music, reading poetry, experiencing a play, or exploring nature. The philosophy of art specifically studies how artists imagine, create, and perform works of art, as well as how people use, enjoy, and criticize art. Aesthetics considers why people like some works of art and not others, as well as how art can affect moods or even our beliefs.

The increase in aesthetic and cosmetic procedures today are the result of both men and women seeking options for looking and feeling younger and having the tools to maintain youth. This quest for longevity in both our health, overall wellness and youthful appearance, continues to drive the procedural options from invasive to non-invasive options. Many of us seek youthfulness, yet prefer to avoid major surgical procedures, if there are less invasive ones available.

In a minimally invasive procedure, the medical professional uses techniques that limit the size and quantity of incisions or injections. A minimally invasive procedure is considered safer than open surgery, assisting in quicker recovery times for patients.

In the world of medical aesthetics, some of the non-invasive procedures include:

  • Facial aesthetic procedures 
    • Dermal fillers, muscle relaxers such as Botulinum Toxin, microdermabrasion, and chemical peels
  • Body contouring devices
    • Non-surgical fat reduction devices
    • Fat reduction devices
    • Cellulite reduction devices
    • Liposuction devices
  • Cosmetic implants
    • Silicone implants
    • Saline implants
    • Facial implants
  • Hair removal devices 
    • IPL/BBL hair removal devices
  • Skin aesthetic devices
    • Laser resurfacing devices
    • Minimally invasive procedure options for skin tightening
    • Microneedling procedures
    • Light therapy devices
    • Thread lift procedures and products
    • Tattoo removal devices
    • Medical grade skincare products

Our skin, being the largest organ in the human body, also serves as a protective barrier for the body.  There are many ways to treat, improve and maintain healthy skin, available in both over the counter and through a physician prescription. Some of the more commonly prescription-based ingredients include:

Retinol: Retinol is one of the best-known skin care ingredients on the market. Retinol is a type of retinoid, which is made from vitamin A. It does not remove dead skin cells, as many other products for mature skin do. Instead, the small molecules that make up retinol go deep beneath the epidermis (outer layer of skin) to your dermis.

Once in this middle layer of skin, retinol helps neutralize free radicals. This helps boost the production of elastin and collagen, which creates a “plumping” effect that can reduce the appearance of:

  • fine lines
  • wrinkles
  • enlarged pores

Salicylic Acid (SA): This helps exfoliate the skin by causing it to shed more rapidly, opening up clogged pores and neutralizing bacteria. New healthy skin found underneath, appears.

Tretinoin: A derivative of vitamin A, Tretinoin irritates the skin and causes the cells of skin to grow (divide) and die more rapidly, which forces the increase of the skin’s turnover of cells. It is used to treat acne, hyperpigmentations, wrinkles, and other dermatologic conditions.

Hydroquinone: is a chemical typically used in skin lightening creams to reduce dark skin patches such as melasma and “age spots”. It is thought that the hydroquinone reduces the production of melanosomes (pigment granules responsible for skin pigmentation) and causes them to deteriorate. This chemical also blocks the production of tyrosinase, an enzyme that is necessary in the production of melanin.

Compounding pharmacies also offer prescription forms of topicals and injectables that can help with:

  • Acne: a skin condition that causes whiteheads, blackheads, and red inflamed patches of skin (such as cysts).
  • Actinic Keratosis: small, rough, raised patches found on areas of your skin that have often been exposed to the sun for a long period of time. Some actinic keratoses may develop into a type of skin cancer.
  • Dermatitis: skin inflammation that can include a variety of skin conditions, as diagnosed by a professional.
  • Melasma: patches of dark skin that appear on areas of the face which have been exposed to the sun.
  • Vitiligo: noticeable loss of brown color (pigment) from areas of skin, resulting in irregular white patches that feel like normal skin.
  • Psoriasis: a skin condition that causes skin redness and irritation, often found on those who have thick, red skin with visible flaky, silver-white patches, called scales.

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