Posted on 19 Oct 2017
We hear lots of terminology when we talk about aging skin – Botox, fillers, peels, and age spots- it goes in and on. Don’t be fooled, because much of what we think of as natural aging is in fact due to sun exposure and other factors. That means aging skin can be avoided — and it’s never too late to start.
As we age, the fiber network of collagen and elastin weakens, and skin sags as it loses its support structure. Other unavoidable forces contribute to aging skin, as well. Skin becomes thinner with age and loses fat. The plump smoothness of our skin as children is replaced by a rougher texture. Gravity pulls on the weakened skin, creating the droop of jowls or “chicken fat” under the arms. Our genetic code contributes to the process – adding to skin that looks 50 at 80 in some people, and the unfortunate reverse in others.
The skin changes associated with aging are avoidable. And most of them are due to one cause: sun damage.
The ultraviolet rays from the sun penetrate into the skin. They damage the elastic fibers that keep skin firm, allowing wrinkles to develop. The sun is also wholly responsible for age spots or “liver spots” on the hands, face, and other sun-exposed areas.
Stave off sun damage by following these bullet points:
- Stop intentionally sunbathing. Any suntan means skin damage has occurred.
- Always wear sunscreen. Choose a product with sun protection factor (SPF) 15 or greater. The hands and face are the most frequently exposed — cover them.
- Wear a hat with a brim.
- Avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., when its rays are the strongest.
Unfortunately, we cannot go back to our 17-year-old selves and have a do-over. So, thank goodness, that for all the mistakes we made, there are a few helpful innovations obtainable through our plastic surgeons and dermatologists. With anti-aging products, Botox and fillers we can “work with” the damage that we inadvertently did to ourselves.
Dr. Keith Neaman and his highly trained medical professionals can help you improve what the sun has taken from you. When you know better, you do better. So stay out of the sun and let Dr. Neaman improve what you have. Call Dr. Neaman at (844) 338 5445 for your consultation.
Dr. Keith Neaman
Dr. Neaman is a board-certified plastic surgeon that specializes in surgical body contouring. He prides himself on being on the cutting edge of plastic surgery. He takes an informative approach to each consultation, and through open dialogue and communication, he helps his patients decide on a treatment plan that meets their needs.