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Photoaging : What is Photoaging?

The effect on one’s skin due to environmental stress, mostly from sunlight’s ultraviolet radiation, is called photoaging.  A large percentage, as high as 90%, of the way your skin will age, comes from this damage as opposed to intrinsic or natural aging.  Signs of photoaging include fine lines, wrinkling, “liver spots”, enlarged pores, uneven skin tone, and dilated small blood vessels.

Many of these changes are a direct result of cumulative loss of collagen, the skin’s major supporting protein.  The biochemical pathways of this collagen loss have been beautifully elucidated, now allowing specific treatments focusing on boosting collagen production to improve overall skin health and function.

Laser and light based technology is an FDA approved, clinically proven method to treat photoaging  by stimulating collagen production, treating pigmented spots, and addressing dilated, “broken” capillaries.  These treatments include intense pulsed light or IPL, pulsed dye laser ablation or V-Beam, and radiofrequency tissue tightening or Aluma.

Deeper lines and severe sun damage may require ablative laser treatment with CO2 laser resurfacing.  Latest advances in delivery of this laser energy to the skin using fractionated technology, Active/Deep FX, significantly shortens down time and side effects.

Fillers are injected into the skin to improve fine lines and wrinkling and will also stimulate collagen.  Botulinum toxin, Botox, addresses wrinkles accentuated with facial expression.

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