Skin rejuvenation implies a variety of therapeutic approaches and treatments that reduce the signs and consequences of chronological skin ageing and chronic skin damage from the Sun. Skin rejuvenation implies removal or reduction of wrinkles, various pigmented spots on the skin of the face and body, various benign keratosis caused by the Sun and scars made by earlier skin diseases.
How and why does the skin age?
Over the years, the skin cell regeneration process slows down and its regeneration process is slower and slower and the traces of damage from various external factors get accumulated. The skin is exposed to various damage during its lifetime. Exposure to Sun, or actually to UVA and UVB radiation is the cause of 90% of the symptoms of premature ageing of your skin and first changes caused by the Sun already appear at the age of twenty. The UVB radiation causes deep rough wrinkles, while UVA radiation penetrates deeper into the skin structure and leads to changes in collagen and elastic fibers, causing the appearance of fine wrinkles and the loss of elasticity. Additional skin ageing factors are chemical agents from the environment, alcohol, cigarettes, changes in temperature and stress. All these factors lead to the loss of youthful looks and texture of the skin, and so the wrinkles appear, fine and rough, changes in pigmentation, loss of elasticity and skin firmness.
Can skin ageing be slowed down?
Skin ageing can be slowed down with special care and protection, and signs of ageing can be decreased a lot. During regular dermatologist examination in our clinic you can be advised on how to properly take care of your skin and on optimal treatment of the agins signs. Furthermore, in the DERMATIM center the latest medical treatments and interventions for skin rejuvenation by nonsurgical methods are at your disposal. Depending on the skin type and changes that need to be treated, your dermatologist will pick the optimal combination of treatments and interventions which will have a fast and safe effect. If the ageing signs on our skin have advanced, in some cases surgical methods performed by the plastic surgeon (facelift, blepharoplasty and similar) will be the most efficient solution, but these interventions are associated with significantly higher risks.
Aging is difficult to stop but the damages caused by chronic Sun exposure and other harmful environmental effects can be prevented. Avoiding Sun exposure is definitely one of the most important means of protection. Protection with clothes (hat, sunglasses, longer sleeves and trousers, etc.) is significant when Sun exposure is unavoidable due to work and other activities. Everyday Sun protection, use of cosmetics with UV radiation fillers (UVA+UVB) will contribute to slowing down the skin ageing (and preventing skin carcinoma).
Also, visits to solariums that emit UV radiation, which is especially significant for skin ageing, should be avoided. Some experts say that 15 – 30 minutes in solarium is equally dangerous and harmful as staying in the Sun the whole day. Healthy life in general, with proper nutrition, regular physical activities and avoidance of harmful factors such as cigarettes and alcohol, etc. are also necessary to maintain a youthful look.
Can signs of ageing be eliminated?
When ageing signs become obvious, it is time for some of the nonsurgical methods which can lessen the skin damage created over the years. Fine facial wrinkles are commonly treated, primarily around the lips, the eyes, on the forehead and cheeks. For these changes, the dermatologist will recommend the Botox injections (Dysport), or laser treatment that fixes the skin texture, or chemical peeling which removes the surface layer of the skin cells. For wrinkle filling hyaluronic acid is used, which is used in treatments for various scars. Various types of pigmentation are treated with chemical peeling of different depths, or with laser treatments.
Based on a conversation with you and on the performed examination in our center, the dermatologist and you will together come to a treatment that will suit you the most.
Spec. Dr. Svetlana Djurisic, dermatologist
Dermatological clinic DERMATIM, Belgrade, Serbia