There are three major components of facial aging and The Skin Center of North Carolina looks to offer correction of all three areas for the most complete rejuvenation.
The first area of facial aging is caused by sagging skin and other tissues. This results in excessive skin in the neck and the formation of jowls. These are structural changes and are corrected by surgery such as the Quick lift™.
The second area is the loss of volume. This is when we see loss of fatty tissue in the face causing hollowing. Hollowing is seen around the eyes, the lips, in the area of cheeks, and in the area below the cheeks. These areas are improved with the use of “Filler Products” such as Restylane, Juvederm, and Fat Transfer.
The third and most difficult of facial aging are changes to the texture of the skin. These textural changes etch the skin and are caused by a thinning of the skin due to the loss of collagen, micro-scarring from repetitive movement of the muscles, and sun exposure. Once the skin is etched there must be a change in the actual skin itself to correct it. Studies published in medical literature report increased collagen deposition in the skin following deep chemical peeling. As we now know, loss or damage to the collagen of the skin is one of the main reasons for textural aging changes. Regeneration of new healthy collagen will create thicker, smoother skin. This cellular change is evidenced clinically by results lasting many years.
The majority of skin care focuses on treating the upper layers of the skin (the epidermis). Good skin care is important and preventative skin care even better, but if etching of the skin has already taken place, skin care for the treatment of the superficial layers of the skin will not yield any real correction or improvement.
Chemical Peels have been used for decades to revitalize and resurface the skin. They involve applying a chemical solution to remove the damaged outer layers of skin and reveal a younger, clearer, more radiant complexion. Ultra-light, light, medium, and deep peels penetrate to different levels and consequently produce different aesthetic results. Generally, the deeper the peel penetrates the more profound the results, but the lengthier the recovery time.
An individual’s skin type, degree of damage, and personal expectations will help determine which of the chemical peels are more appropriate.
For more detailed information about how this procedure may benefit you, we invite you to call our office at 704-237-1160 to schedule a complimentary skin consultation.