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Learn more about how anti-aging treatments rejuvenate your skin

Skin anatomy

Our skin is the largest organ of our body, with a total area of more than 1.9 square meters. It protects us from microbes, the elements, helps prevent loss of fluids, helps regulate body temperature and enables the sensations of touch, heat, and cold. Taking care of your skin is very important, not only to prevent premature aging but to ensure your overall health and well being.


Anatomy of the Skin

The human skin has three layers:

  • Epidermis – the outermost layer of skin, provides a waterproof barrier and gives us our skin tone.
  • Dermis – beneath the epidermis, contains tough connective tissue, hair follicles and sweat glands.
  • Hypodermis – deeper subcutaneous tissue made up of fat and connective tissue.


Beauty products work on the top layers of our skin

The stratum corneum is the outermost layer of the epidermis and is made up of dead skin cells. Forming a robust barrier, it protects the living cells beneath it. The products that make up your daily skincare routine are designed to work on the outer layers of your skin. This is why regular exfoliation is crucial so that dead skins cells can be removed and replaced with new ones. This not only improves the look of the skin, it makes it easier for actives to penetrate deeper into the skin.


Microdermabrasion & Chemical Peels

These non-invasive treatments work to strip off the top layers of the dermis to reveal younger, healthy cells that have yet to be aged by the external environment. The more radical the treatment the longer the downtime:

  • Microdermabrasion and dermabrasion use a mechanical medium to strip surface cells. Dermabrasion penetrates right down to the collagen layers and is performed by a physician.
  • Chemical peels have special ingredients that remove layers of skin cells. The depth to which they penetrate depends on their formulation. Light peels can be performed in a salon but deeper peels should only be done by a physician.


Getting to the root of the problem

The level and extent to which skin cells are removed will determine the results of the procedure. Deep furrows, wrinkles and scars require more aggressive, deeper penetration to achieve results.


Hitting the right spot

For best results, dermal fillers must be injected into the correct level within the skin. Puncturing a blood vessel or injecting it too close to the surface of the skin can lead to scaring. This is where the skills of your physician come in. Be wary of cheap offers, there is usually a larger price to pay.


Get the results you want

There is no substitute for expertise and experience. The success and results of any treatment rely heavily on the medical professional doing the procedure. Having a solid understanding of the skin, why you have aged and how to treat the exact areas will ensure the best aesthetic result.

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