Aging is a process that happens to everyone over time, but few of us really understand exactly what causes it. By getting the facts on how and why we age, we can take the next logical step to postpone or even prevent the telltale signs of aging before they start to occur. Check out these basic facts about aging from Dr. Andrews Plastic, Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery, as well as tips to keep those symptoms at bay for as long as possible.
About Intrinsic Aging
Intrinsic aging occurs beneath the surface of the skin. It is a natural biological process that can be affected by numerous factors, including heredity and the overall health of the body. The underlying skin structure requires a number of important elements to look and feel its best, including adequate blood flow and sufficient collagen and elastin to maintain the smoothness and suppleness of the skin.
Prevention Tips: Collagen, two substances produced naturally by the body, tend to decrease over time, leading to skin laxity and the appearance of some facial creases. The good news is you can restore collagen and elastin to more youthful levels through skin rejuvenation treatments and injectable procedures. By boosting those substances, you can ward off the signs of intrinsic aging and even reverse some signs that have already appeared.
About Extrinsic Aging
Extrinsic aging affects skin from the outside in and can come from a broad range of factors. Environmental pollution and sun damage are two of the primary culprits. Smoking is another big factor that leads to significant damage to the skin. Extrinsic aging primarily occurs on areas of the skin exposed to these factors, such as the face, neck and the backs of the hands.
Prevention Tips: Extrinsic aging leads to the formation of facial lines, pigmentation marks and uneven skin texture and tone. The best remedy is prevention – wearing sunblock daily and avoiding pollutants like cigarette smoke as much as possible. If signs of extrinsic aging appear, cosmetic procedures like light therapy and chemical peels that target the specific concerns are the best solution.
About Cell Turnover
Our cells play an important role in our overall health and the maturation of our skin and body. Skin cells regenerate at a relatively rapid pace, so dead, dry cells are shed and fresh new cells take their place. Over time, cell renewal slows, leading to a dull complexion and an aged appearance.
Prevention Tips: Exfoliation treatments shed those dry outer cells, revealing fresher skin underneath and stimulating cell renewal. Microdermabrasion, chemical peels and laser resurfacing are just some of the procedures to address this concern.
At Dr. Andrews Plastic, Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery, we are committed to educating you about your skin’s aging process and methods to prevent, slow and reverse that process. To learn more, contact a member of our staff today at 319-382-8230.