Facial Skin Rejuvenation
Ageing, sun exposure and our skin
While chronological ageing causes degenerative changes to all parts of our bodies, the effect of time and sun exposure on the skin is the most visible of all. Much of what is perceived as skin ageing is in fact damage acquired through chronic sun exposure.
Does your skin exhibit any signs of photoageing?
Skin responses to UV radiation can be divided into acute and chronic effects:
Sun damage contributes to many chronic skin conditions such as Rosacea, Melasma, Lentigos - sun spots, pre-cancerous lesions- solar keratoses just to mention a few.
How can I rejuvenate my skin which shows signs of photoageing?
Our Dermal clinicians can assess your particular concerns and advise which treatments will be most appropriate to achieve optimal results.
There are various non-surgical modalities that may be prescribed depending on the type of sun damage you have : Photorejuvenation by medical grade IPL, Laser rejuvenation, Laser toning, ablative Fractionated laser resurfacing , and Skin needling also known as collagen induction therapy.
Once we have achieved rejuvenation it is important to maintain the skin by medical skin treatments. These may include medical grade Microdermabrasion, Iontophoresis/ Sonophoresis to increase penetration of essential vitamins and anti oxidants , enzyme therapy to oxygenate and firm the skin, chemical peels to infuse high strength Retinol AGP, home care using cosmeceuticals containing high strengths of Vitamins A & C and anti oxidants, anti pigmentation products containing lightening agents and tyrosinase inhibitors to reduce resurgence of pigmentation.
Many treatment modalities are also used to maintain young skin and to combat the appearance of the visible signs of sun damage and ageing. The earlier the better!
Cosmetic surgery rejuvenates the contours of the face, yet it does not change the skin quality. In fact, patients can appear neater rather than more youthful due to poor skin quality. Youthfulness is determined by the appearance of the skin, so it is essential to treat the skin pre and post operatively.
How does Photoageing occur?
You may walk away from the beach with a suntan, but that's not all you're getting. Excessive sun exposure is responsible for much of the skin damage associated with aging. This damage accumulates slowly over time and starts at an early age.
Extrinsic ageing affects our skin otherwise known as photoageing. Skin exposed to sunlight is the most vulnerable to damage. If we examine areas of the skin which have been least exposed to sunlight, we observe distinct differences. In contrast to the protected skin of the abdomen or buttocks, the exposed areas of the face, neck, hands and forearms eventually show effects of chronic UVR Exposure:
UV A (320 to 400nm)
UV B (290- 320nm)
UV Damage to cells and systems of the skin
How should I protect my skin?
Topical anti oxidants in appropriate concentrations and form including sun avoidance, sunscreen and clothing is the best protection from photoageing. Oral anti oxidants have not been shown to prevent photo ageing of the skin. As sensitive vitamins are depleted by sun exposure, topical application to replenish the skin is important to combat damage.