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The Med Spa
at Vision Dermatology
We believe no one is too young or too old to begin feeding their skin. We have carefully selected treatment modalities and skin care lines which best assist our clients in obtaining and maintaining healthy and youthful looking skin by targeting the key elements of the skin that universally degrade as an individual ages.
A lack of volume within the dermal layers of the skin, wrinkles, laxity, and the dropping of fat pads occurs as a result of lost skin elasticity and a thinning and loss of strength within key layers of the skin. Your skin’s elasticity enables it to bounce back from stretching, hold a taut form to your body and resist the effects of gravity. Skin laxity varies from individual to individual with some naturally possessing more elastic skin than others.
Healthy, youthful, and vibrant skin is something we’re each born with naturally, but as time passes, a variety of factors degrade the quality of the skin. In fact, the reticular dermis, the layer of the skin that contains the fibroblasts which make collagen and elastin, loses an average of 5% of its core every year of life after birth.
Additionally, lifestyle habits such as smoking, stress, and overexposure to the sun accelerate the breakdown of skin elasticity and can cause this critical layer to deplete even more rapidly. Collagen and elastin are the glue that that holds the epidermis (outer skin layer) to the underlying deeper layers of dermis, muscle and bone. When the glue becomes too thin, the epidermis essentially falls down. Wrinkles, folds, sagging and a general loss of tight skin are manifest as the deeper layers move while the epidermis no longer moves in sync.
With sun exposure, harmful UV rays penetrate the skin and trigger photo-aging. Numerous dermatological studies have shown that those who are prone to sun exposure will typically experience accelerated rates of photo-aging. If you are regularly exposed to the sun without adequate sun protection, the sun’s UV rays are chronically triggering the release of free radicals and oxidative molecules in your skin. These oxidative elements set in motion chemical reactions that weaken the molecular structure of skin cells. Some studies are indicating that as much as 50% of aging symptoms are caused by the sun!
The oxidative stress on your skin triggered by the sun breaks down your skin’s supportive structures and results in loss of skin elasticity. Moreover, oxidative stress breaks down your skin’s natural protective characteristics and ability to retain moisture.
Over time, skin laxity worsens and is linked to the appearance of bands of sagging skin, jowls on the face, depressions in the cheeks and many other symptoms of aging. Simply put, your skin is losing its ability to resist the force of gravity and retain shape along your natural features.
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