Skin is body’s largest organ and one of the most important because it protects all other organs of the body from external environment. While doing duty of gardening the body, skin itself gets affected by these external factors and over ages, the effects of the sun, wind, time and hormones begin to appear on it. But now maintaining its youthful & vibrant appearance doesn’t have to be a difficult process any longer.
Our skin is made up of two layers. The outer layer which is visible is called epidermis. This layer is gets replaced periodically about every 3 months as newly produced cells in its deepest layer push outer layers upwards & cells from the uppermost layer get shed off without our knowledge. One can test this by rubbing the forearms against each other over a beam of sunlight entering the house & the sun flakes will shine on it. The inner layer, called dermis is the main layer. It is many times ticker than the epidermis & contains important appendages of the skin such as oil & sweat glands, hair roots, blood vessels & nerve ending through which we sense the external world by touch, temperature & pain sensation. So, given a simily of a house wall, epidermis is the external thin layer of plaster, while the dermis being the thick main brick wall. Here the bricks are collagen with interspersed elastin fibers as plaster.
The Aging process
The early signs of aging are when fine lines begin to appear on skin around the eyes and lips. This is because the collagen and elastin fibers begin to wear out and then deeper lines and grooves form between brows (frown lines), next to the nose on cheeks (naso- Labial folds) and down to the corners of the mouth. Surface irregularities such as pigment discolorations may also occur.
Many patients wish that there was a safe, easy and quick way to get rid of their red complexion, fine wrinkles, irregular pigmentation and large pores. Fortunately, today advanced technologies enables us to treat these skin imperfections safely, easily and effectively with very little, if any downtime.
Advances in the treatment of aging skin have continued to improve from dermabrasion to chemical peels to CO2 and Erbium laser skin resurfacing. However all of these treatments exfoliate the protective outer layer of the skin, which may require bandages and a somewhat lengthy recovery period.
Who are the best candidates for photo rejuvenation?
The best candidates have:
- Red, flushed faces
- Sun damaged skin
- Hyper pigmentation
- Enlarged pores
What results can be expected?
After each session you will experience some improvement in skin tone and texture. There will be decrease in the overall redness and flushing. Sun spots will fade, pore size will shrink. Fine lines and wrinkles will gradually decrease in size and number as the new collagen forms beneath the skin. You will experience tightness of facial skin. These improvements will continue with subsequent treatment.
Dr. Uddhav A. Patil
MS MCh (Plast. Surg.) MACPhleb