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SKIN AGEING

SKIN AGEING

Maintaining a youthful appearance has been made easier by using a wide selection of cosmetic treatments that are socially acceptable and are tailored to treat fine lines and wrinkles as well as loss of facial volume and slackening of the facial skin.

AGING FACTORS

Sun – although some exposure to sun is vital for the production of vitamin D in our body, over exposure to the sun, called photoaging, is a major factor in skin aging. UVB light is damaging to the epidermis and UVA rays (the dominant light that penetrates deep into the dermis) destroy collagen fibres through oxidative stress when free radicals form causing premature aging, wrinkles and skin cancers.
Weight loss – too little fat in the face can cause the features to appear gaunt and hollowed, making you look older that you really are.
Smoking – not only is smoking bad for your overall health, it’s terrible for the skin and lips as it carries a whole host of negative elements that will age you prematurely. In particular, nicotine generates free radicals and reduces blood irrigation to your skin, which intensifies skin aging.
Genetic aging – genetics act as fundamental formula for how your face will age.  
Dryness – as we age our skin becomes drier. This can result in a flaky itchy skin.
Stress – excessive stress generates free radicals.
Sunbeds – ultraviolet light from the tanning beds can cause skin cancer and premature wrinkling. Studies show that having regular sun bed sessions before you are 35 can increase your risk of skin cancer by 75 per cent.

ANTI-AGING ADVICE

Protecting the skin from the sun will not only delay the onset of premature aging, but also decrease the risk of skin cancer. People with fair or very pale skin or those who have red hair, a lot of freckles or moles are particularly at risk of sun damage. Follow this advice to protect your skin:

  • Keep out of the direct sun between 11am and 3pm
  • Wear protective clothing – hat, long sleeves, sunglasses and sun visor
  • Use high factor sunscreen (30+ minimum and even greater factors for children)
  • Avoid using extremely hot water, it will irritate your skin and deplete it of its natural oils
  • Avoid dryness by moisturising daily
  • Get plenty of rest and drink lots of water
  • Avoid cigarettes
  • Stay away from sunbeds, if you like the look of a tan (minus the skin damage) use self-tanners or spray tans, but always continue using sunscreen protection.

UV DAMAGE

When skin burns on the outside, it becomes damaged on the inside and the sun exposure is cumulative from as early as childhood. The damaging effects on your skin include:

  • The more skin is exposed to UV rays, the less protection your DNA has, which is causing DNA breaks leading to errors in cell division that can cause skin cancer
  • UVA rays, the dominant light that penetrates deep into the dermis, destroy collagen fibres through oxidative stress from free radicals causing premature aging, wrinkles and skin cancers
  • The UVA rays trigger change in melanocyte activity. Melanin granules close to the skin surface are oxidised by UV radiation forming protective dark patches on the skin.

TREATMENT

Our consultant dermatologists can assess your aging process, distinguishing internal and external skin condition, and provide you with a treatment plan. We can then recommend surgical or non-surgical treatment options, such as laser treatments, wrinkle relaxing injections, dermal fillers, skin peels, microdermabrasion, focused ultrasound and medical facials.

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