Sun Damage: Prevention and Treatment

It was a hot and muggy summer this year. Did you remember to protect your skin from sun damage?

We live in a society that loves the sun and that bronze-y glow associated with tanning, but beware: live life as a sunworshipper and you’ll pay the price for it with your skin!

Wrinkles, ptosis, pigmentation irregularities, and spots – the signs of aging are all too inevitable. However, while some are caused by gravity and your genes (intrinsic) and are out of your control, others are caused by the environment (extrinsic), and most specifically, the sun. Every person has the ability to control the level of extrinsic aging that occurs to them.

In other words, many signs of aging can result from and worsen with frequent sun damage.

So what can you do?

Well, first off, it’s all about prevention. Protect your skin from the sun! Sounds pretty simple, huh? All you have to do is slather on the sunscreen, allowing about 20 minutes for it to absorb into your skin before venturing outside, and reapply every 2 hours or less if sweating heavily or swimming. Don’t forget to cover up, as well, by wearing a hat and staying in the shade.

Now, for treatment, there are several options. Please note that many of these treatments are not compatible with frequent sun exposure. For example, we specifically instruct clients to stay out of the sun if they undergo laser skin treatment, since the skin is quite vulnerable following treatment.

Degradation of the epidermis and dermis, the two upper layers of the skin, combined with reduced moisture content and filaggrin is what causes skin to thin, loose, wrinkled and become blotchy. While treatment cannot reverse the aging process, it can improve the appearance of aged skin by smoothing out the complexion and achieving a more uniform tone. Here are the noninvasive cosmetic skin care treatments available at Dermaworks that are specially designed for  symptoms of sun damage:

Injectable Fillers
A tired and old appearance is often attributed to a loss of volume in facial contours. Injectable fillers such as Juvederm can fill out contours to reclaim a more youthful look.

BOTOX® Cosmetic
Squinting to protect the eyes from the sun’s glare can cause serious wrinkles and lines around the eyes. BOTOX® Cosmetic smooths out these dynamic wrinkles. Also it is excellent for the frown lines and forehead lines.

Laser Skin Treatment
Best for treating finer lines, acne and lesions, Laser Skin Treatment can achieve a smoother complexion and healthy glow.

Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing
DOT Therapy with Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing can rejuvenate the skin by targeting wrinkles, pigmentation irregularities, scarring resulting from acne. The skin will be tighter and have more collagen. It is the gold standard for skin resurfacing. Downtime can be from minimal to up to 10 days depending on settings used and degree of change needed.

Vibradermabrasion / Microdermabrasion
Vibradermabrasion / Microdermabrasion gently exfoliates the skin, removing the uppermost layers. This gives the skin an healthy glow and smooth texture.

Facial Mesotherapy
The diminished hyaluronic acid levels in our skin leads to dry, thin, fragile skin that looks aged. Facial Mesotherapy replenishes moisture levels thereby achieving more suppleness and volume.

But don’t be totally sun-phobic! A little sun exposure is actually good for us, making up for about 90% of the Vitamin D we need to remain healthy. Vitamin D is essential for healthy bones, as a deficiency has been scientifically linked to the development of osteoporosis as it helps the body absorb calcium. Just don’t go overboard with it! Also 1000 I.U. of vitamin D orally will have you covered.

Juvederm ™ Dermal Fillers For Men

Statistics compiled for the American Society of Plastic Surgeons show that only 9% of the total number of cosmetic procedures performed last year targeted men. A small percentage, indeed, but that’s still a staggering 1.1 million cosmetic procedures!

The secret’s out: men are turning to aesthetic medicine to look good.

While the most popular procedure was BOTOX® (for women, too), rounding out the list at number 5 was Soft Tissue Fillers, also known as Dermal Fillers. According to the same survey, there were 34,256 procedures performed in 2009 that involved hyaluronic acid based fillers, namely Juvederm ™ and Restylane® – a 10% increase from 2008.

How can Juvederm ™ help men?

The answer is easy: in just about the same ways it can help women. Like most nonsurgical cosmetic procedures, this product isn’t gender-specific. This “next-generation” dermal filler is designed to add volume to tissue, which not only allows wrinkles, creases and lines to smooth out, but also allows facial contours to be redefined. Juvederm ™ can safely and effectively treat aesthetic problems in both women or men. The only difference is what kind of results are desired.

Many men, like women, are concerned about rejuvenating their appearance. As we age, the skin begins to sag and creases form. Nasolabial folds, vertical lip lines, and marionette lines are common problems that are targeted with Juvederm ™. Even lip augmentation, a procedure most of us associate with the Trout Pouts of Hollywood starlets, can be performed using this dermal filler. But obviously, men don’t go for the fullness women desire. Rather,  lip augmentation for men achieves results that contribute to a more youthful appearance, eliminating lip lines and/or a sunken appearance. And in general, most men prefer to achieve results that are more subtle and refined.

Juvederm ™ is a great nonsurgical way to achieve a more youthful appearance. With results generally apparent immediately following a 30 minute treatment, it’s no wonder that it’s one of the most popular cosmetic procedures at our nonsurgical cosmetic clinic in Ottawa!

Find Out How Juvederm Can Treat Aging Skin

juvedermDermaworks™ Medical Aesthetics Clinic offers a variety of dermal filler products in the Ottawa area, providing you the ability to select the most appropriate solution for you to combat the visible signs of aging.

Juvederm

One of the most popular dermal fillers currently in the industry today is Juvederm. Much like the other dermal fillers we offer at our clinic, it is a smooth and clear gel based on hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring sugar in the human body that is vital in maintaining the smooth and supple qualities of healthy skin. Because it is biocompatible, no allergy test is required prior to treatment.

Research has shown that it is safe for all skin tones. As a matter of fact, according to Allergan, Juvederm, “…is the first hyaluronic acid dermal filler that is proven to be safe and effective for persons of colour.”

The procedure takes about half an hour and there is little or no downtime afterward, although side effects related to injections, such as swelling and discomfort, may occur. When injected, the dermal filler plumps up the skin by replenishing depleting levels of hyaluronic acid. Achieving instant and temporary results, this biodegradable product breaks down over a few months, gradually and harmlessly. Results may last up to one year, however it really depends on the individual and their situation.

Its uniquely smooth consistency has been designed to achieve instant and long-lasting results that appear natural. As a result, dermal filler treatments using Juvederm and many other hyaluronic acid based products have become one of the most popular methods of skin rejuvenation in the medical aesthetics field.

What It Can Help With
Juvederm is ideal to treat wrinkles, lines and creases that remain even when the face is not moving. It can target the area around the mouth and nose, around the outer corners of the eyes, and the cheeks.

With its ability to boost volume, Juvederm is also used to augment facial features, most notably the lips and cheeks.

Hyaluronic Acid in the Prevention of Aging Skin

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Once referred to by the media as the “key to the fountain of youth”, hyaluronic acid is a cushion and lubricant found in the body’s connective tissue. It is abundant in our bodies when we are born but slowly recedes over time. It is found in the deeper layers of the dermis and its functions include holding moisture, contributing to the suppleness and resilience of skin, regulating tissue repair, combating inflammatory conditions, and promoting wound healing.

Hyaluronic acid levels peak during adolescence and start to decrease when one reaches the age of 20. As a result of this loss, the skin becomes thinner, loses moisture and becomes less supple. Collagen loss also takes place simultaneously. Collagen depletion is one of the leading causes of the visible aging process because it leads to a loss of elasticity and an uneven skin tone

Factors that affect these levels include genetics, cigarette smoking, diet, nutritional deficiencies, and physical activity. You can replenish levels in your skin by getting injections, taking supplements, eating foods rich in this substance and using topical applications. Treatments help to reduce wrinkles, improve the elasticity of the skin, and keep the skin smooth.

Tips for Replenishing Hyaluronic Acid Levels

There are options that are currently available for replenishing these levels are limited in their effectiveness. One option to have the substance applied topically, which can be effective as a skin moisturizer in some climates but it may actually pull water from the skin in dry climates.

Another option is filler facial injections (also known as dermal fillers, injectable fillers, and injectibles), a popular means of reducing the appearance of facial wrinkles. The effects of these injections last from six to twelve months, and can last longer in some cases. The advantages of using hyaluronic acid fillers is that they are naturally found in human skin and are thus nontoxic, biodegradable, and biocompatible

The most commonly-used form of filler is stabilized non-animal hyaluronic acid gel (NASHA). Restylane®, Teosyal®, and Juvederm® are some of the most well-known brands of NASHA. Depending on dosage and strength, a number of problems may be corrected, from finer lines to deeper creases, as well as plumping up lips and altering facial contours.

While a drawback of these treatments is that they can be expensive, it is currently considered to be the best alternative to surgery with minimal side effects for those who want to reverse the signs of aging skin, reduce deep creases, fine lines, and wrinkles.


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