Maintain Healthy Skin As You Age
As we age, inevitable changes begin to take place. Life may bring us new perspectives and added wisdom as time goes on, but it may also bring less welcome changes, particularly when it comes to our skin. Ensuring clear and healthy skin throughout your lifetime begins by taking care of it daily. This includes wearing sunscreen, staying hydrated, eating right, getting enough rest and seeing your California Skin Institute dermatologist for yearly skin cancer screenings. However, even if you take all the precautions possible, bothersome skin issues may still come up. At California Skin Institute we offer the most comprehensive treatments for any dermatological needs and we are committed to helping you enjoy healthy skin regardless of your age.
The key to diminishing unwanted changes in your skin is to address them as soon as you notice them. Below we outline several different issues that can arise, and recommendations on how to treat each one.
Collagen is the natural compound that’s responsible for the plump, smooth skin we have when we are young. As we get older our bodies begin to lose collagen, resulting in wrinkles, fine lines and sagging skin. Among a plethora of concerns, loss of collagen is responsible for thinning lips, nasolabial folds and the dreaded hollow under eyes that make us look tired no matter how much sleep we get.
If you notice collagen loss affecting the look of your skin, there are a variety of treatment options available to remedy it. For an overall boost of collagen in the face, hands or neck, California Skin Institute provides resurfacing laser technology with machines like the Fraxel laser, as well as microneedling. For localized areas of collagen loss, dermal fillers are a great option. California Skin Institute offers a wide variety of hyaluronic acid fillers to rejuvenate the lips, under eye area and mid-face for immediate improvements in collagen loss.
Sun Spots and Hyperpigmentation
Whether it’s genetic, hormonal or due to years of sun exposure, hyperpigmentation is a common skin concern that increases with age. Remedying this issue is a simple way to help your skin look younger, brighter and healthier. Additionally, addressing sun spots early on can help in early skin cancer detection and possibly prevent precancerous areas from progressing — a crucial component to lifelong healthy skin.
If you’re bothered by sun spots, freckles or areas of hyperpigmentation, California Skin Institute offers a wide range of effective treatment options.* Depending on the severity of the discoloration, your California Skin Institute provider may recommend a peel, a laser treatment or an IPL treatment. Microneedling may be another good option as it addresses hyperpigmentation and other signs of aging.
Acne isn’t exclusively a problem for pubescent teenagers. During the phases leading up to menopause, known as perimenopause, it’s not uncommon for women to experience changes to hormones resulting in build-up of sebum resulting in an occasional pimple or a full acne breakout. Acne during this age can be controlled with the help of your dermatologist. Possible treatments may include hormone therapy, topical treatments or an oral medication. If you are experiencing acne, schedule an appointment with your California Skin Institute dermatologist to find out what treatment option may be best for you.
Veins + Broken Capillaries
Whether they pop up on your legs or on your face, spider or varicose veins can be unsightly and a source of embarrassment for some. Caused by poor circulation, genetic predisposition, hormones or injury, these veins can make us appear and feel older than we are, not to mention limit our clothing options. California Skin Institute offers a variety of options to treat the appearance of spider veins, varicose veins and broken capillaries, helping you feel confident about your legs!*
Unfortunately, both men and women can experience hair loss or the thinning of hair as they age. Anyone who has experienced the condition knows how devastating it can be to their self-image. Thankfully, there are now well-researched, effective technologies to treat hair loss in males and females regardless of the cause. California Skin Institute provides the most innovative treatments and technology to address hair loss or thinning hair.
As we age, the risk of skin cancer can increase as well. When it comes to skin cancer, there are two factors that are the most important. The first, of course, is prevention. Avoid unnecessary sun exposure and apply sunscreen to exposed areas daily. Second, early detection and treatment are essential. There are many factors in addition to sun exposure that can increase the risk of developing skin cancer, but with early detection, most cases are completely treatable. Your California Skin Institute dermatologist can perform the recommended annual full-body skin check to catch any early signs of skin cancer. In terms of treatment, California Skin Institute offers Mohs micrographic surgery, one of the most advanced treatments for skin cancer.
If you notice any unwanted changes in your skin, contact your local California Skin Institute office for a consultation today.
Individual results may vary and are not guaranteed.