No matter what age you are, everyone wants great skin. Your skin is one of the first things that people notice when they meet you. Your skin can either create a great first impression, or a less positive one. Unfortunately, there are a lot of things that can get in the way of having amazing skin at every age. But now, you don’t have to be the victim because there are treatments that can give you the best skin possible no matter what stage you’re in.
The Teen Years
Acne is a major problem for a lot of teenagers. It can cause red lumps and bumps as well as shame and embarrassment. Unfortunately, severe acne can also leave behind scars, which will affect the look of your skin throughout your life. Another issue that could affect your skin is UV exposure. Having smooth, tanned skin is fashionable at the moment, which drives many teenagers to sunbathe or to use tanning beds. Unfortunately and despite the hype, tanning beds are just as bad for your skin as the sun. The concentrated UV light they emit can cause the same problems as sunbathing, such as premature aging, wrinkles, brown spots and skin cancers. That’s why you should avoid these activities if you want healthy skin in the present and in the future.
Acne and Scar Treatments
If you suffer from acne or have unsightly scars left behind from acne, there are now a number of treatments that can help. These include:
If you have acne, then IPL treatments may be the answer. IPL treatments use a full spectrum of light with scattered wavelengths to kill bacteria, reduce inflammation and decrease sebum production. These treatments may cause some redness immediately after treatment, but are gentle enough that this should fade after a few hours.
Fractionated laser treatments stimulate collagen growth and tighten the skin. They’re most often used to treat acne scarring rather than active acne. These treatments may cause some redness immediately after treatment, but they don’t actually remove layers of skin like other laser treatments, which is why they’re so popular at the moment. They’re less invasive and require less recovery time, and are most effective on specific types of acne scars such as rolling or atrophic scars.
Ablative laser removes thin layers of skin to encourage the growth of fresher, smoother skin. This makes these laser treatments incredibly effective, but it also means that it will take your skin longer to recover afterwards. Ablative laser treatments are most effective on box car acne scars.
Twenties and Thirties
During this stage, your skin is still smooth, but it may also start to show signs of aging. Collagen production starts to slow down, which means your skin becomes less supple and elastic. This is the best time to start treatments that will nourish your skin, encourage collagen growth, and prevent signs of aging such as wrinkles, skin spots, and sagging skin.
Preventing Premature Aging
At this stage of your life, your focus needs to be on prevention. This means that you should have a well-established skin routine that protects and nourishes your skin, including diligent sun protection. However, there are also a number of cosmetic options such as the following:
An effective way to prevent wrinkles is to avoid getting them in the first place and anti-wrinkle injections can help you do that. These days, anti-wrinkle treatments aren’t about making your skin immobile and plastic looking. Instead, they’re about smoothing and relaxing the tiny muscles in specific parts of your face so they can’t crinkle up constantly and cause the skin above them to crease.
Laser treatments, such as PicoSure, are a non-invasive, non-surgical treatment that can be used to refresh and rejuvenate your skin. The PicoSure laser uses targeted pulses of light to speed up collagen and elastin production and encourage new cell growth. This will make your skin smoother and more elastic, which will prevent wrinkling.
Pregnancy can cause a lot of change to your skin. It can cause conditions such as hyper-pigmentation, which is dark spots caused by an overproduction of melanin. Dark spots on the face, known as chloasma or melisma, are also very common, though these should vanish after birth. Another common complaint is stretch marks, which go away after birth. Stretch marks occur when the deeper layers of skin stretch beyond their capacities, and they can seriously affect your body confidence. Another common issue that women experience during pregnancy is a flare up of acne, which can cause scars if the outbreak is bad enough.
It’s medically recommended that you wait until after you’ve given birth to have cosmetic treatments. Many skin problems that appear during pregnancy will also go away on their own once your hormones have settled down. However, if you still have stretch marks, pigmentation or acne, there are a number of treatments that can help including the following:
PicoSure laser treatments can target cells that cause pigmentation and break them up. The cells are then naturally metabolised by the body and replaced with new ones. Skin pigmentation from pregnancy is a complicated issue, so make sure you get the assistance and advice of a qualified and experienced medical practitioner before you get these treatments.
A fractional laser treatment can help to reduce the appearance of stretch marks. The lasers penetrate the skin and encourage new cell growth to replace old and damaged cells.
Forties and Fifties
During the years before, during, and after menopause your skin will change rapidly. In fact, this is the stage at which a lot of women start seeing a host of unwelcome changes in their skin. You may experience the growth of facial hair, larger pores because of collagen loss, or skin that’s dryer and less elastic. These issues can seriously affect the look and feel of your skin and make you feel less confident. You may also experience other age related skin changes such as wrinkles, age spots, and pigmentation.
Treating Older Skin
For most of the changes you experience as a result of aging, there is a cosmetic solution that can help. This includes the following treatments:
These treatments will encourage collagen and elastin production as well as new cell growth. They will help reduce the appearance of larger pores and can break down and disperse pigmented cells as well. Ablative laser treatments can also help with deeper wrinkles and stubborn pigmentation. These treatments are more aggressive than fractionated laser treatments, but they’re also more effective for more serious skin conditions.
If you develop wrinkles as a result of aging then anti-wrinkle injections can help. They relax the muscles under the skin, resulting in smoother skin and preventing further wrinkling.
One of the more troublesome problems that occurs as a result of age is volume loss. As you age, your face shape can change a lot. Certain parts of your face can become thinner, which may leave your face looking unbalanced and cause the skin to sag or crumple. Dermal fillers can be used to address these problems. They’re made from natural substances and are injected under the skin to fill in hollows, wrinkles and lines and replace lost volume.
If you’re elderly, there are new skin problems that you should be concerned about. Skin lesions or growths are very common at this stage. Many of them are harmless, but some can be skin cancer precursors, which is why you need to get them checked regularly. You may also become more prone to rashes, dermatitis, shingles and ulcers, all of which can damage your skin integrity and cause unsightly marks, lesions, wounds or discolouration. During this stage of life, skin is more fragile than ever before. In fact, many older women complain that their skin is thin and too easily broken, resulting in wounds, lesions and scarring. Because of these issues, you need to ensure that you get expert care and assistance during this stage to keep your skin as healthy as possible.
Treating Elderly Skin
At this stage of life, the goal is to keep your skin looking and feeling as healthy as possible. This can be difficult, but not impossible with the right kind of help:
Early detection is the key to a good outcome with skin cancer, so you need to make sure you get your skin checked regularly. A trained expert in skin problems will inspect moles, lumps, marks and decolouration on your skin to detect any signs of cancer before it can spread.
The sooner you get cancer removed the better your outcome will be. A trained professional will be able to remove skin cancers cleanly and completely so you don’t have to be concerned about them spreading.
If you want to get a benign skin lesion such as a mole removed then procedures such as IPL will help. Although these lesions may not be dangerous, they can still rub painfully against your clothes or affect your self-confidence. So if you find a lesion annoying or frustrating, talk to a trained expert about your options.
Anti-wrinkle injections are a good option if you’re troubled by deep wrinkles.
This treatment can balance out your face by replacing lost volume. It can also help to fill out sagging or wrinkled skin for a smoother appearance.
So no matter what age you are, talk to the professionals here at Taylor Clinic about your skin concerns. They will be able to help you choose a treatment plan that will leave you looking good at every age.
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