Photo Damage & Skin Aging

Skin aging is a complex and varied process. Many factors influence how a particular individual’s face will age. Heredity factors such as bone structure and soft tissue positioning will influence the aging process dealing with chronological years.

Regardless of a person’s age or inherent features, there is certainly a number of interacting factors that play a role in the aging scenario:

  • Lines that appear such as sleep lines due to ongoing position habits
  • Expression lines appearing as result of consistent facial movements
  • Changes in soft tissue and muscles resulting from the effects of gravity
  • Intrinsic or biological aging
  • Extrinsic aging or Photo-damage

It is estimated that as much as 96% of visible signs of aging are a result of cumulative sun damage. These include fine lines, wrinkles, textural changes, brown spots, loss of elasticity, coarse dryness, blood vessel damage, skin growths, breakdown of collagen and yellow or gray tinges due to a decrease in the small vascular vessels that provide circulation to the surface of the skin. Collectively these changes caused by cumulative sun exposure can be referred to as quality of skin.

The good news is that many of these changes can be avoided and/or new medical validated skincare technologies can target specific aspects of the skins response to the sun exposure, enabling the skin to protect itself or reverse certain changes for a more youthful appearance.

The bad news is that approximately 80% of the sun damage that will reveal itself on the skins surface was programmed to appear from sun exposure that occurred before the age of ten. It generally takes ten to 30 years for sun-induced aging to appear.

Doctors now recognize that many topically applied agents can assist in reversing the skin changes associated with environmental exposure. Accelerated skin aging that is caused by cumulative sun exposure is a complex reactionary process. This process consists of countless changes that involve altered DNA biochemistry, breakdown of cell membranes and destructive effects on enzymes, proteins and amino acids, as well as abnormal changes to the immune system that are essential for information processing necessary for healthy, youthful skin.

Today, we have many options to help improve the quality of our skin. We can resurface the stratum corneum (microdermabrasion) resulting in significantly smoother and younger appearing skin. Dramatic results can be achieved with regard to improving coarse uneven texture, fine lines wrinkles, and discoloration.

With the combination of our experience, current technologies and one of the best product lines currently on the market for anti-aging, we can achieve some amazing results.