How Older Skin Heals

There have been researchers studying how wounds heal on skin of all ages. Recent discoveries show that older skin takes longer to heal. This is because communication between cells is slower. The more skin is exposed to, the more affected the cells are. Furthermore, the older someone is the more they have exposed their skin to. Follow the link below to read this full article to understand the healing process of our skin.

Older bodies need longer to mend. This reality of aging has been documented since World War I, with the observation that wounds heal slower in older soldiers. Yet until now, researchers have not been able to tease out what age-related changes hinder the body’s ability to repair itself.

Source: http://feeds.sciencedaily.com/~r/sciencedaily/health_medicine/skin_care/~3/1bPp2L_Pgtk/161117151059.htm

Injectables and Fillers On The Rise

Injectable skin treatments and fillers have become more and more popular over the years.  Women and men alike want to look great and stay looking young for as long as possible so fillers have become a solution. This article from Allure Magazine gives you the rundown on people’s efforts towards perfection and how injectable skin treatments have caught popularity.

Here’s Why Injectable Anti-Aging Treatments are Trending

By Elizabeth Siegel
December 10, 2016

You’re looking very (a+b)/a = a/b = 1.618… = F today. That’s a
compliment…and an actual, if ancient, equation for calculating
beauty?in art, in architecture, in human faces. And you can thank the
Greek mathematician Euclid for the formula, often called the Golden
Ratio. Recently, Amber Heard and Kim Kardashian were deemed the most
beautiful?sorry, the most F?women in the world by a London-based plastic
surgeon who funneled the size of their lips, cheeks, and eyebrows into
that exact equation.

Of course, it’s odd when beauty becomes that
reductive. It’s unsettling. It’s disconcerting. And it’s for sale.
Provided you don’t have a fear of needles, it’s never been more
possible?or popular?to inject your way to Euclid’s ideal proportions.
Arched eyebrows, pronounced cheekbones, Instagrammable lips…?Patients
ask me for more symmetrical features all the time,? says Ranella Hirsch,
a dermatologist in Boston, who points out that a little asymmetry
usually looks more natural. ?The problem is you can’t take ?textbook
pretty? features and put them on everyone’s face.?

Meaning the problem is that you can. And we are. In other words, welcome to Stepford, people.

There
they are on Bravo, the plumped lips. And on Instagram, the rounded
cheeks. And at your local Starbucks, the frozen foreheads. ?It’s
manipulating your own features and creating this weird new look in the
process,? says Amy Wechsler, an assistant clinical professor of
dermatology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in New York City. Wechsler
is also an adjunct assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Weill
Cornell Medical College in New York City. And on that front, well: ?This
manipulation is messing with our minds. You walk into a room and you’re
not sure how old anyone is anymore?no one necessarily looks younger,
but everyone looks the same.?

Dermatologists and plastic surgeons
across the country are seeing it happen?yes, in many cases, they’re also
making it happen?and everyone we spoke with agreed: It’s a little
freaky.

Now, if you’ll forgive an editorial aside: It’s our
idiosyncrasies that make us unique, our imperfections that make us
interesting. Our flaws, our stumbles, our smile lines, our split
ends?these are part of who we are, and to some extent, part of the human
condition. And what’s recently been happening between patients and
needles is an affront to so-called imperfections everywhere. It’s Lauren
Hutton without the gap in her teeth. It’s Barbra Streisand without a
bump on her nose. It’s Cindy Crawford without the mole above her lip.
It’s what Doris Day, a clinical associate professor of dermatology at
NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City, ominously calls “the new
sameness.”

Don’t believe it? Last year alone, we were injected
more than 6.6 million times, according to the American Society for
Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Let’s try that again. 6.6 MILLION TIMES.
That’s a nearly 40 percent increase from just five years ago. ?The more
you see this look?which is all over social media?the more accepted it
becomes and the more people are OK with it,? says Jessica Wu, an
assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the University of
Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine in Los Angeles. That is to
say, the baseline has shifted. What looked uncomfortably taut and full a
few years ago barely merits a second glance today. And it begs the
question: What level of intervention will be unremarkable by 2020? When
enough people do something, it’s amazingly easy to let it go
unchallenged. Lemmings on a precipice.

Technically, ?injectables are supposed to make you look younger,?
says Wechsler. And they certainly can. They smooth lines. They restore
contours that flatten with age. They lift droopy brows and slackening
jawlines. But when injectables are doing every one of those things, on
one face, to the nth degree? Well, think of these innovations like red
wine?in small doses they can be a very good thing, but if you
overindulge, the binge can lead to bad decisions and potentially a
puffy, not-quite-right-looking face.

So how exactly did we get
here? There’s no one answer, but doctors put a big chunk of the blame on
a paint-by-numbers approach to needle work. ?When dermatologists are
trained to do Botox, they often start with a diagram,? explains Wu.
?When I first learned, I had the diagram in front of me, too. It read,
?Do this amount in this location.? I did it on myself, and my friend
told me I looked a little crazy.? Why? Well, those diagrams are
FDA-approved injection sites based on a bell curve. If you’re rusty on
probability theory: People who fall on either side of the curve will get
too little or, worse, too much and look frozen for the next three
months. ?And the charts don’t take into account that the left and right
sides of a face are often different from one another, so some patients
are going to come out looking uneven,? says Day.

At med-spas,
injectables can be even more like shapewear?one size for all! Sex appeal
for none! There, physician assistants, nurses, and doctors who may have
only a passing knowledge of dermatology and facial anatomy are far more
likely to take diagrams and general guidelines as gospel.

So for
anyone who is thinking of going under the syringe and doesn’t want to
look a little crazy, Wu has some advice: If a dermatologist’s office
won’t tell you how many injections they do in a week, that’s your first
red flag. ?You don’t want to be someone’s 5th patient or their 500th,?
says Wu. ?You want to be their 5,000th.? And if the filling still goes
too far, there is yet another injection that may be able to reverse
those injections. An enzyme called hyaluronidase can dissolve hyaluronic
acid fillers in a matter of days, says Day.

You should also be
reassured if your doctor really chats you up. The best injectors try to
get you talking?about what, it doesn’t really matter. The point is to
see how your face moves, where your asymmetry lies, how your cheeks
plump when you smile, and all the other things that make your face
uniquely yours.

Because as promising as modern medical injections
can be, we also have to question whether there is anonymity in
uniformity?and whether that’s a good thing.

?It’s your expressions
and quirks that make you beautiful?I fundamentally accept that God is
better at creating faces than I am,? says Hirsch, pausing for a moment.
?I’m just here to tweak.?

Article sourced from: http://www.allure.com/story/injectable-anti-aging-treatments

A Take On Laser Treatments

We are always on the lookout for people’s perspectives of skin treatments that can help explain what happens before, during and after treatments to those who have not experienced them yet. This writer from Elle Magazine has had laser treatments on acne scars. She describes how her skin care routine has changed and what the lasers feel like. If you have been thinking about trying laser treatments for imperfect skin, this piece should help you know what to expect.

Over a year ago, I started going to a dermatologist for laser treatments to clear up the red, post-acne marks strewn across my cheeks. I struggled with severe acne throughout my entire 20s, and after getting on the proper prescription drug (spironolactone), my deep cysts cleared up within a few months. The post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, however, did not. The splotches were deeply colored enough that I needed to wear foundation everyday, and each ruddy mark looked like it could still be an active flare-up. Really, I just wanted to close the chapter on my breakout years (scars included), which brought me to New York-based dermatologist Dendy Engelman, M.D.

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The first step was to start a religiously consistent skin care routine to help even out old spots and prevent new ones: thorough nightly cleansing with an oil cleanser and regular cleanser to remove free radical-causing pollution, an antioxidant serum to make pigment-producing cells slow their roll, and rain-or-shine sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher on the daily?Engelman likes Elizabeth Arden Prevage City Smart Broad Spectrum 50 Hydrating Shield, which includes antioxidant idebenone along with sunscreen. But to really up the ante, Engelman suggested I also see her for laser treatments every couple months or so. Diligent skincare can do a lot for staving off future signs of aging?especially products like Elizabeth Arden SUPERSTART Skin Renewal Booster, which works as a precursor to boost the effects of products you layer over the top?but with scarring like mine, laser treatments are really the only way to get rid of all past damage

WHAT ARE THESE LASERS?

At each appointment, I would kick back in Engelman’s treatment chair?not unlike the dentist’s?while she used two types of lasers back-to-back: One was an Nd:YAG laser, and the other was intense pulsed light (or IPL, for short). “These both help target the redness of acne scars, making them appear more skin colored,” says Engelman, a consulting dermatologist for Elizabeth Arden. “They don’t do much for the texture of the scar if there is surface change, but they do help turn the color back to normal.” Here’s how: Skin cells within spots absorb the laser’s energy at such a disproportionate level that the darkened pigments are broken up. Eventually the body naturally gets rid of them.

After about four or five sessions over nine months, the difference became evident?even to my intensely critical eyes. Foundation and concealer were no longer musts. As happy as I was with the results thus far, I decided to follow through with a little bit of cleanup for a few persistent marks on my cheeks and a couple new faint ones from smaller blemishes that had popped up over the summer. I set another appointment to see Engelman, but she told me that IPL couldn’t be done before sun exposure or until six weeks after last sun exposure?I was about to head out on a two-week, sun-drenched vacation. She suggested we skip the IPL this time and do the Nd:YAG laser only, explaining that it’d still be effective (even if I committed the cardinal no-no of tanning) for the same reason it’s also ideal for darker skin types: Most other lasers can’t decipher normal, healthy dark skin cells from those with dark hyperpigmentation, leading to adverse effects.

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Still, she warned, I would have to be extremely diligent about sunscreen afterward so as not to negate the laser’s effects with UV damage, which triggers hyperpigmentation. I packed two bottles of SPF and used it every morning, whether I was beach bound or not.

WHAT DOES IT FEEL LIKE?

If you’re wincing as you imagine a laser beam searing your face, you can relax. The actual experience is closer to focused flashes of a hot, prickling burn, and while you can clearly feel something is going on, the sensation isn’t intense enough to warrant numbing cream, anesthetic, or even ibuprofen. In fact, as soon as you feel it, it’s gone?honest. Id compare it to tiny intense tingles of static electricity, like when you shake someone’s hand in the winter (minus the awkwardness). You’re also not subjected to one sustained “Will this ever end?!” stream of lasering; rather, the Nd:YAG (like IPL) is only used in split-second “flashes” at each trouble spots, which makes the zapping feeling of heat easier to bear. The tip of the Nd:YAG device Engelman uses?the Cynosure MPX Elite?features a Zimmer SmartCool fan, which continuously blows super cold air to help disguise the discomfort while she quickly zaps each small section. This not only chills your skin, but also helps distract your nerves?an age-old trick in medicine.

Over the sessions, I found that the treatment hurts only if you really pay attention to it. My personal self-soothing trick? Yoga breathing. Whenever I get laser treatments (or any other passing pain, like extractions during a facial), I challenge myself to take the most full, meditative, evenly paced breaths that I can. It’s almost like it creates white noise in my head. It also helps that Engelman gives me an eye shield to wear during the process, which make everything darker and calmer.

If you have a lot of ground to cover (e.g., several areas with hyperpigmentation), the discomfort can start to catch up with you?totally fine to ask the doc for a little break. But it never becomes agonizing?maybe just uncomfortable enough to squirm in your seat a bit. To be frank, getting a bikini wax is about a million times worse.

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER?

Another reason this particular laser is so universally friendly is that you need zero recovery time. While there might be a warm feeling in the treatment spots, any lingering soreness is gone by the time you’re checking out at the front desk. There’s no swelling, and you can immediately apply makeup to cover any redness (or you may find you have no redness at all). Because the laser doesn’t ablate (i.e., exfoliate or break the skin), you don’t have to be overly cautious about what you apply to your skin after, and I was free to follow my usual routine. Personally, I went straight from Engelman’s to a spray tan appointment.

Her only words of instruction: absolutely zero UV exposure. Fortunately, I already have a daily SPF ritual and avoid the sun like a vampire. In the few days following Nd:YAG or IPL, there’s never any peeling, roughness, or tenderness. Marks will sometimes get slightly darker before slowly starting to fade away over the course of a few weeks (as long as you’re diligent about sun protection). You’ll see the full results from each session within six weeks; most people need two to three sessions, according to Engelman.

NOT INTO LASERS? TRY A PRODUCT…

If you don’t see yourself as the laser type or the price tag seems steep?each Nd:YAG session costs at least a few hundred dollars and isn’t covered by insurance?at-home treatments are still worth trying. “In red or ruddy complexions, topicals may help to minimize that facial erythema like the Nd:YAG does,” says Engelman, though the effect is temporary, not permanent. Your best bet for a healthy, even, radiant complexion is to use daily sun protection and a skincare regimen packed with powerful antioxidants, like idebenone, thiotaine, and bamboo isoflavones, which help reduce hyperactivity of pigment producing cells and are all found in Elizabeth Arden Prevage Anti Aging Daily Serum. Engleman suggests using it under sunscreen during the day and under moisturizer at night, to prevent age- and sun-induced discoloration (plus, wrinkles!) from forming in the first place.

Source: http://www.elle.com/beauty/makeup-skin-care/advice/a39391/what-happens-when-you-get-laser-for-acne-scars/