The time to practice appropriate skin care is when you are young, but age is not the only enemy that can affect the condition of your skin. As you grow older your skin often shows the affects of your lifestyle, especially if you have spent a lot of time in the sun. Ultraviolet rays from the sun can dry out the skin, and, in addition to increasing your odds of contracting melanoma, can speed up wrinkling skin and age spots, and without the proper skin care can actually make you look older than you really are.
Maintaining skin moisture is a positive action required if you want to retain youthful appearing skin, but in some instances that may not be near enough. As you age collagen, a layer of material under the skin acting as a foundation for your skin and keeping it looking tight, will begin to slowly disappear causing your skin to sag and deepen any wrinkles in the affected area. Most often the loss of collagen is noticeable in the cheeks resulting in sagging jowls, but with the proper skin care this can often be cared for.
Dermatologists can also help provide tips and tricks to help with your personal needs for skin care and in the event when it is needed, they can also recommend procedures that can restore your youthful appearance. Procedures such as chemical peels and dermabrasion can help remove the outer layer of skin instantly resulting in a more youthful appearance. Laser and ultraviolet light therapy can also help remove age spots or areas of the skin that have darkened over the years. With the proper skin care and treatment, in most instances, your skin can be restored without invasive procedures.
Dermatology is a unique branch of medicine that deals with the skin and its diseases with both medical and surgical means reviewed. Over the years dermatologists have developed and refined procedures to help patients overcome years of self-abuse during which they lacked the proper skin care. Many of the available treatments for skin care only require a few minutes in the doctor’s office and are available through many choices depending on the type of procedure being used.
Improving skin tone, most times removing dark patches caused by excessive sun exposure as well as tightening loose skin due mostly to collagen loss can typically be performed in the office. These two simple procedures almost instantly show improved skin tone and color and provide the right type of skin care to take a few years off of your appearance.
While many skin care procedures can be done in minutes in the office, other more extensive procedures can be more invasive but for the most part, skin care to erase years off of a person’s appearance can be done without the need for surgery. Resurfacing the skin through the use of laser light, photodynamic therapy and with the use of radio frequency technology, allows patients to view a more youthful appearance without any need for an extended recovery period.