Of course our skin is our body's outer protective layer and as such is prone to damage from the sun and other factors in our environment. These other factors include hormones, poor diet, alcohol consumption, smoking, pregnancy (acne, melasma), trauma (cuts, burns, abrasions) and infections.
Hence during our lives, it develops mottled pigmentation, scattered telangiectasia, ("broken capillaries") and loss of tone - which manifests as looseness and wrinkling. It may be scarred, have dilated pores, enlarged sebaceous glands, and keratoses (pre-cancerous change). It may become sallow (yellowed), or grey, and coarse and shiny. Cancers may develop.
The approach to rejuvenating the skin depends on which of the above are present and to what degree. It is also important to tailor your treatment to your age. Your treatment plan may include the options outlined below:
- IPL treatment
- Photodynamic Rejuvenation
- Photofractional Rejuvenation (combined IPL and Fraxel laser)
- Fractional Erbium or CO2 laser (Fraxel Laser & Ultrapulse Deep Fx & Active Fx)
- YAG or Pulsed Dye Vascular laser
- Revlite pigment laser