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Common Skin Concerns

Ageing Skin

The features of ageing skin are a vast combination that overall reflect a tired, drawn appearance with loss of volume and radiance. They include pigmentation, wrinkles, sagging skin, dryness, sun damage and loss of vitality.

Facial Volume Loss

The way we age is due to a combination of intrinsic factors such as our genetics and external factors involving our environment and lifestyle. Over time, we see visible signs of loss of volume, wrinkles, a loss of density and radiance. Loss of volume can alter the shape and structure of the face giving rise to saggy skin, loss of contours and a ‘drawn’ appearance.

Pigmentation & Dull Skin

The main cause of pigmentation is due to sun exposure and appropriate skin care should be the focus in order to prevent further damage. Additional factors which can also lead to dull, pigmented skin include lifestyle influences such as smoking, diet and stress. Below are a list of possible treatments which can help prevent and treat these concerns:

Lines & Wrinkles

As we age, fine lines and wrinkles are formed with the breakdown of collagen, hyaluronic acid and elastin. This leads to loss of the support structure for skin and it starts to lack strength and elasticity. Fibres break down, skin is no longer smooth and resilient, and fine lines and wrinkles appear.

Sun Damage

Exposure to ultraviolet light is the number one cause of premature ageing. Years of exposure results in fine lines and wrinkles, pigmentation and textural changes.

UV rays leads to both thickening and thinning of the skin. Fine wrinkles occur where the skin has thinned making it more susceptible to bruising and tearing. Elastin fibres break down leading to sagging skin with loss of elasticity. Coarse wrinkles arise where the skin has thickened, particularly common on the back of the neck.

Telangiectasias, tiny blood vessels, may appear with sun damage, especially on the face. Pigmentation changes appear where there is damage to melanin-producing cells. This can appear in the form of freckles, age spots, liver spots and even white spots where melanocytes are destroyed.

Skin bumps increase such as moles, warty-looking seborrheic keratoses and actinic keratoses. The latter are small crusty bumps that are precancerous with 1 in 100 developing into squamous cell carcinoma.

Stubborn Fat Deposits

Localise areas of fat can be very difficult to improve despite dietary changes and exercise. The common areas individuals complain of are jowls, double chin, bingo wings and saddle bags.

Blackheads and White Spots

Blackheads are openings in the skin with sebum and skin debris covering the opening, also described as blocked pores or open comedomes.

Whiteheads are closed comedomes, also filled with sebum and skin debris that is not oxidised and remains white. They only have a small opening to the surface of the skin.

Tired Eyes

There are many features that can contribute to eyes appearing aged and tired such as fine lines, heavy/sagging eyebrows and eyelids, dark circles and tear troughs.

Neck - Lines, Wrinkles & Cords

It is incredibly common for individuals to focus on facial care and ignore the neck, only to find that it is then the neck that gives away their age. Common concerns include fine lines, folds and neck cords.

Jawline – Jowls & Double Chin

With age there is loss of elastin, collagen and hyaluronic acid. Fat pads in the face descend and jowls start to appear with loss of jawline contour. Another common problem is localised fat underneath the chin area with loss of definition between the face and the neck. Please click on the treatments below which can aid these common concerns.