Skin Rejuvenation Spring Lake, Monmouth County NJ

Why Skin Rejuvenation Takes Time

Many of the people who come to visit us are interested in either postponing or correcting common signs of aging. You know the ones we’re talking about, the crow’s feet that show how much you’ve laughed over the years, the frown lines that used to go away when you weren’t actually frowning. These and other age-related changes to facial appearance can be frustrating, to say the least. However common it is for people to seek treatment for these and other cosmetic concerns, there are still misconceptions about beauty and how to maintain it.

“Maintenance.” This is the area in which we can go wrong. We don’t think about maintaining our skin, which is interesting because we know we have to regularly care for our health and wellness in other ways. Many people eat well and exercise every day to maintain their shape and overall health. We brush our teeth every day and see the dentist every six months to make sure we avoid cavities and gum disease. When it comes to the skin, though, we all but forget that care is needed. Then, when the signs of aging become a problem, we then wonder what it will take to address them.

In wondering what it takes to address the signs of aging, we have to keep in mind that the skin needs to be maintained. We don’t mean cleansed and moisturized, either. To postpone or correct crow’s feet, loose skin, sagging eyebrows, and other problems, the objective is to keep the skin infused with collagen and elastin. For about the first thirty years of life, this task is well-met by hard-working fibroblast cells. After age thirty, these cells no longer pull their weight. The infusions of collagen and elastin all-but end. However, the skin still utilizes about 2% of the collagen and elastin it has. The ongoing annual degradation of that percentage eventually makes a big impact on the skin’s appearance.

Knowing that the skin’s firm, supple foundation degrades without collagen and elastin, we know what we have to do. Fortunately, there are several ways to promote the production of these key proteins. Depending on the age of the skin, one may undergo regular chemical peels to assist with cellular turnover. More significant concerns may need a series of laser treatments to bring fibroblasts back to life. After the cells get woken up, periodic collagen-inducing treatments can keep them that way.

Your Spring Lake dermatologist can assist you with managing the health and beauty of your skin. To schedule a visit, call (732) 449-0167.

Addressing the Unique Changes in Aging Skin: Part III

The final installment of our three-part series on aging skin will take a look at the various superficial dermatologic changes that occur. More than listing how the appearance and texture of the skin transform with age, we discuss why this happens and why it may be a bigger deal than it seems.

As we’ve discussed in previous posts, wrinkles, creases, and looseness all relate to vital substances in the skin, or a lack thereof. Throughout our thirties and forties, we continue to lose the structural integrity of collagen and elastin in the epidermis and the dermis. Furthermore, what exists is degraded by stress, hormones, and sun exposure. This can sound like we’re fighting a losing battle, but we’re really not. When we understand how aging affects the skin, we are better equipped to address them as needed.

An Additional Chemical We Haven’t Talked About

One of the reasons that textural irregularities occur is because the skin gets dehydrated. This doesn’t happen because we need to consume more water. It happens because GAGs like hyaluronic acid are not distributed through the skin as well as they could be. The amount of hyaluronic acid is believed to start diminishing as early as our forties. Without it, the skin loses valuable moisture. Without moisture, the skin loses elasticity. Additionally, loss of hyaluronic acid has been associated with the skin beginning to look scaly. To address this change, we must become consistent in the use of exfoliants (chemical peel, anyone?) and moisturizers.

Skin Discoloration

We often think of skin discoloration as an indication of sun damage. We also think of discoloration as the dark spots that appear in areas we may not have protected as well as we could have. The problem with pigment in the skin is that it can both darken due to erratic melanocyte activity and lose tone. This is referred to as hypopigmentation (the opposite of hyperpigmentation.) Hypopigmentation looks like white spots. As we age, most of us will notice a mix of both pigmented and depigmented tissue, making the skin look mottled. Skin rejuvenating treatments like photodynamic therapy may help with some degree of mottling.

Aging skin is going to be a part of our lives whether we like it or not. We can’t stop it, but we can be ready for it. To correct the signs of aging that are affecting your sense of satisfaction with your appearance, schedule a consultation in our Spring Lake, NJ office.