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As summer is long and intense here in SA, reversing sun damage should be high up on your list of skincare priorities. And while, in the future, regular SPF application, hats and sunglasses are the best way to prevent wrinkles, sun spots, skin cancer and all the other aging effects of the sun, when the damage has already been done, put reversal at the top of your to do list.

This month in my newsletter, I will be talking about the treatments I offer at my practice in order to fix what the sun has done to your skin over the years.

But you can of course visit my website for more info on all the aesthetic procedures on offer.

Excessive exposure to the sun early in life can make a person look older than he/she really is. This premature wrinkling and skin damage from sun exposure is called photoaging.

Photoaging, unlike natural aging, results in:

  • Coarse, dry skin;
  • Freckling and skin discoloration;
  • Leathery skin; and
  • Deep wrinkles.

No one can avoid the natural process of aging, as the skin thins and lines and wrinkles appear. Moles, scars, and birthmarks also tend to change as we age. In addition, sun damage over the course of a lifetime worsens the aging skin.

Although there are many anti-aging creams on the market, advanced signs of aging and sun damage sometimes require more invasive dermatological procedures, including the following:

  • Botulinum toxin type A,
  • Chemical Peels and
  • Dermal Fillers injections.

 

BOTULINUM TOXIN

An injection of Botulinum toxin (a complex type of protein) into specific muscles will immobilize those muscles, preventing them from forming wrinkles and furrows. The use of Botulinum Toxin will also soften existing wrinkles.


CHEMICAL PEELS


Chemical peels are often used to minimize sun-damaged skin, irregular pigment, and superficial scars. The top layer of skin is removed with a chemical application to the skin. By removing the top layer, the skin regenerates, often improving its appearance.

Peels are helpful for improving skin tone, texture, and for some cases of hyperpigmentation (brown spots) but for best results, they must be accompanied by daily use of a well-formulated sunscreen rated SPF 15 or greater along with a brilliant anti-aging skin-care routine.

You can read one of my newsletter on chemical peels

A chemical peel is a procedure that can improve wrinkled, scarred, or sun damaged skin. It is also effective on skin with:

  • Mild acne scarring,
  • Freckles,
  • Age spots,
  • Melasma, or
  • Other irregular pigmentation and skin wrinkled by age or the sun.

Thick, rough, red, precancerous growths called solar keratoses can also be removed with the chemical peel. They are caused by excessive sun damage.

→Chemical Peels for Solar Keratosis:
During this procedure, chemical agents that remove the damaged skins outer layer are applied. Thin scabs form over the treated areas within 2-3 days and fall off a few days later revealing smother, younger-looking skin.

 

→Three types of chemical peel are available:

  • A light peel, which is used to lighten superficial age spots and fine wrinkles;
  • A medium peel, for more advanced sun-damaged skin and age lines; and
  • A deep peel, which is more risky and is used for more severe conditions.

I will determine which technique will be most effective for you.

 

DERMAL FILLERS
As time passes and our skin changes, our natural volume and youthful skin begins to diminish, therefore, lines and wrinkles form.

Fortunately, with the help of Juvederm Dermal Fillers the signs of aging can be reduced instantly; adding volume to your face that you will be able to see immediately, rejuvenating your appearance.

 

The typical treatment areas for dermal fillers at my Aesthetic South Africa practice are:

  • The Nasolabial folds (lines from the end of the nose to the end of the lips),
  • Perioral area (wrinkles around the lips),
  • Wrinkles of the cheeks,
  • Marionette lines (lines from the corners of the mouth to the jawline, accentuating the downturn of the mouth)
  • Lip augmentation which provides definition without looking overdone to lips which have become thin and wrinkled.
  • Acne scars,
  • “Tear-trough deformity” (hollow under-eye circles),
  • Hollow cheeks,
  • Cheek-lift,
  • Brow-lift
  • Re-sculpting the jaw line by lessening the effect of jowls and sagging.

 

Also, make sure you read my newsletter on mid-face skin rejuvenation on my blog!

Fillers can be combined with just about any other aesthetic treatment that exists. Dermal fillers work superbly well in combination with laser, Botox and Chemical Peels.

 

HAND REJUVENATION

Frequently, interest in cosmetic improvements mostly addresses the facial skin, while hands, that are in fact the most obvious sign of ageing, are sometimes ignored. This is why I wish to talk about hand rejuvenation procedures at my practice, via the injection of dermal fillers.

Hand skin rejuvenation treatments give a firmer, younger appearance. Over the years, medical technology has created a variety of hand rejuvenation treatments that can help your hands look younger in no time.

To remedy the lack of volume in hand skin, dermal filler treatments, as for facial skin rejuvenation, are used – – – because they are based on the same principle, namely to restore damaged skin structures and plump up the skin from the inside.

 

I hope you enjoyed reading this newsletter! Remember that I would really like to hear your thoughts about any kind of procedure or treatments so don’t hesitate and post your questions or comments right here on my blog or on my Facebook page and I will do our best to respond as soon as I can!

 

 

 

 

 

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