Monday, August 4, 2008

Rejuvenate your skin

Want to bring back your skin's lost lustre, but the thought of surgery scares you? Well, don't fret about it, for there are a whole arsenal of aesthetic procedures that work without visibly wounding the skin.

Dermatologist Arielle N B Kauvar, clinical associate professor of dermatology at New York University School of Medicine, has revealed the latest non-surgical options in skin rejuvenation for treating photodamage and pigmentation problems, wrinkles, textural changes and loose skin.

"As we age, the majority of these skin problems are a direct result of long-term sun exposure. Also, the loss and movement of the underlying fat layer of the skin over time causes us to lose volume in our skin – creating that 'sunken in' look. Fortunately, we now have a number of minimally invasive procedures that can be used either alone or in combination to combat the telltale signs of aging," said Kauvar.

For problems ranging from pigmentation, splotchy skin, redness due to enlarged vessels or capillaries, to dry, dull skin and loss of collagen, Kauvar suggested minimally invasive lasers and light sources that target affected areas of the skin with varying wavelengths and pulse durations without injuring the top layer of skin.
Kauvar added that peeling procedures can also improve the overall radiance of the skin and also remove some of the abnormal pigmentation from sun damage. Although wrinkles are perhaps the most obvious changes that occur, enlarged pores and even acne scars often worsen as we get older, resulting from the loss of collagen.

For treating large pores, Kauvar recommended the use of non-ablative lasers to heat the layer of tissue in the superficial dermis, resulting in the production of new, thicker and smoother skin. While non-ablative lasers are designed for patients with superficial skin damage who are not expecting dramatic results, fractional non-ablative lasers can deliver better results for patients with more extensive signs of aging.

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