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AGING SKIN

The first signs of aging are usually visible in our late 20’s or early 30’s by the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  As we increase in age, our skin becomes dryer, thinner, develops pigmented spots, and sags. Collagen, part of the framework and thickness of the skin, decreases in production and becomes thinner. Elastin, which causes our skin to be resilient and have a bounce-back reaction, diminishes and fragments.  There is a loss of hyaluronic acid, impairing the skin’s ability to retain water which reduces the amount of “cushioning” the skin has, and lessens the ability of the skin to hold together the structural components collagen and elastin. Usually by our 40’s and 50’s, our skin has lost radiance, smoothness, flexibility, firmness, and moisture.

There are two distinct types of aging of the skin. Aging caused by the genes that we inherit is called intrinsic aging. Aging caused by external or environmental factors is called extrinsic aging or premature aging. External or environmental factors include sun exposure (ultraviolet rays), stress, smoking, repetitive facial expressions, sleeping positions, and gravity.

Photoaging is premature aging caused by over exposure to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays.  Unprotected and recurrent exposure to UV rays breaks down collagen and elastin and impairs our skin’s ability to produce new collagen and elastin.  There are noticeable changes to our skin such as age spots, freckles, blotchiness, persistent small blood vessels on the face, loose skin, leathery and rough textured skin, and wrinkles.  Sun and indoor tanning are the leading causes of skin cancer.

There are several therapies available to diminish the visible signs of aging.  Injectable treatments such as fillers (Restylane Lyft®, Restylane®, Restylane Silk®, Radiesse®, Belotero®, and Juvederm®) and botulinum derived medications (Botox®, Dysport®, and Xeomin®) are suitable for individuals seeking rapid improvement in the appearance of facial wrinkles, furrows, irregular contours, and hollows.  Radiofrequency heat treatments tighten collagen and stimulate collagen production to provide a non-surgical, non-painful alternative to a surgical face-lift with no downtime. Chemical peels help restore the skin, resulting in a smoother, glowing, refreshed, more youthful appearance. Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) utilizes a high energy light source to improve a variety of sun and age related spots. IPL is particularly useful to treat pigmented spots on the face, neck, chest, and hands and to remove small blood vessels and red blotches on the face, neck, and chest. Platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections help rejuvenate and invigorate the skin, improving the quality and structure of the skin, resulting in a more youthful appearing skin, and may improve hair loss (alopecia). Fractional radiofrequency skin resurfacing can help you look younger by improving fine and deep lines, skin tone, texture, pigment irregularities, blood vessels, and redness. Micro-needling is a minimally invasive procedure that uses minute medical grade sterile pins to lightly penetrate the skin. Collagen production is stimulated resulting in skin rejuvenation. The appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars, melasma, sunspots, stretch marks, skin laxity  and hair loss may dramatically improve.

Micro-Silk Injection Therapy involves a series of tiny injections of neurotoxin which target the sweat and oil glands in the skin as well as the erector pili muscles.  By temporarily weakening these muscles and glands, the skin becomes noticeably smoother, younger appearing and more refined. 

Micro-Silk Injection Therapy Plus, nicknamed "THE CREASE RELEASE" on the show The Doctors, utilizes the right combination of dermal filler and  neurotoxin to be injected in tiny doses to improve crepey skin on the face.  The injections are performed on a superficial level without significantly affecting the facial expression muscles.  The skin becomes noticeably fuller, tighter, uplifted and smoother.