Anti AgingAgeing is inevitable. Everyone desires a healthy skin but with time one starts noticing fine lines and dwindling glow. Our skin is the first to show signs of ageing. As we age our skin tends to look dull, dry and appears to sag. Fine lines and wrinkles are other signs that appear making us look older. Skin ageing is caused by both intrinsic and extrinsic factors. These can be divided into three main categories - biological, environmental and mechanical.
For Healthier, Younger-Looking Skin
PreventionWhile you cannot stop or even slow down the intrinsic aging process, you can prevent signs of premature aging by protecting your skin from the sun, quitting smoking, and eliminating facial exercises. Dermatologists recommend comprehensive sun protection to prevent premature aging caused by the sun.
Comprehensive sun protection includes:
- Avoiding deliberate tanning, including use of indoor tanning devices.
- Staying out of the sun between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., when the sun's rays are the strongest.
- Wearing protective clothing, such as a wide-brimmed hat and long sleeves, when outdoors during the day.
- Applying sunscreen year round. Sunscreen should be broad spectrum (offers UVA and UVB protection) and have a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 15 or higher.
Sunscreen should be applied 20 minutes before going outdoors to all skin that will be exposed. It should be reapplied 3-4hrly, after sweating or being in water.
We're all different, age, lifestyle, skin type, that's why we don't adopt a "one size fits all" approach. You can discuss your skin issues at your consultation.
As we grow older our bodies produce less of the natural substances that keep our skin firm and well hydrated. In addition, years of exposure to the sun, pollution and the stress of modern living affects our appearance. Which explains why facial lines and wrinkles appear.
The good news is that thanks to the latest cosmetic treatments and products it's possible to remove imperfections and replace them with more youthful looking skin.
TreatmentIf you are bothered by visible signs of aging, a number of treatments are available.
WrinklesForehead lines, frown lines and crows feet can be treated by injections of a muscle relaxant which softens those lines. Treatment takes 15-30 minutes and the benefits last 3-4 months.
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Deeper Lines and GroovesThese are caused by a loss of volume in the skin and fat of the face as we age. They often occur on the middle of the face running along the cheek or chin. They can be improved by injecting a natural filler under the groove which restores the lost volume.
Treatment takes 30 mins. The benefits last 6-12 months.
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- RADIOFREQUENCY is a procedure that offers an alternative to the traditional facelift.
- LASER TREATMENTS
Laser Rejuvenation treatments are a new and revolutionary technique that use various types of lasers to remove unwanted skin blemishes and reduce the effects of ageing on the skin.
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- SKIN PEELS
- Gentle peels are performed to improve skin tone, colour and texture. These take 15mins to perform. Your skin will feel pink and mildly flushed for a few hours.
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- Some TOPICAL TREATMENTS can restore skin, giving it a smoother and refreshed appearance.
- Scientific research in the field of anti-aging continues to give rise to new and promising treatment options. A dermatologist can help you sort through the numerous options, including the myriad of over-the-counter products. During a consultation, Skin Specialists will examine your skin, discuss your expectations, and recommend suitable treatment options.
The most important first step is your initial consultation and the evaluation of your problem and potential for improvement.
WHAT AFFECTS AGING?Research shows that there are in fact, two distinct types of aging. Aging caused by the genes we inherit is called intrinsic (internal) aging. The other type of aging is known as extrinsic (external) aging and is caused by environmental factors, such as exposure to the sun's rays.
Intrinsic AgingIntrinsic aging, also known as the natural aging process, is a continuous process that normally begins in our mid-20s. Within the skin, collagen production slows, and elastin, the substance that enables skin to snap back into place, has a bit less spring. Dead skin cells do not shed as quickly and turnover of new skin cells may decrease slightly. While these changes usually begin in our 20s, the signs of intrinsic aging are typically not visible for decades. The signs of intrinsic aging are:
- Fine wrinkles
- Thin and transparent skin
- Loss of underlying fat, leading to hollowed cheeks and eye sockets as well as noticeable loss of firmness on the hands and neck
- Bones shrink away from the skin due to bone loss, which causes sagging skin
- Dry skin that may itch - Inability to sweat sufficiently to cool the skin
- Graying hair that eventually turns white
- Hair loss
- Unwanted hair
- Nail plate thins, the half moons disappear, and ridges develops
Genes control how quickly the normal aging process unfolds. Some notice those first gray hairs in their 20s; others do not see graying until their 40s.