May 01, 2016
The Canmore MediSpa and Laser Centre
Improving the appearance of your skin: May 2016 Newsletter
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From the desk of Dr. Balharry...
As we age, so does our skin and, of course, the first place that this usually shows is our face. The main reason for this is the fact that our face is always exposed to the sun. This damages our skin, resulting in a loss of elasticity. Also, our face has a lot of muscles of expression and function which create lines on the face. So, some of the things that we notice are lines and wrinkles, discolouration, volume loss and deflation. But, have you also noticed that our skin gets dull? The reason for this change is that the dead cell layer on our skin becomes thicker so it absorbs light creating a matte effect. Young skin reflects more light, creating a gloss effect..
Fortunately, there are things that you can do to help counterbalance these aging changes. Volume loss can be corrected with fillers and some wrinkles can be improved with Botox. But how do we improve the appearance of our skin? Well, we have to think about changing the things on our skin that give the appearance of aging. We can remove much of the discolouration with light treatments such as Intense Pulsed Light (IPL). We can improve the texture and tone with microdermabrasion.
But what if the changes are more advanced or these treatments don’t seem to help? That’s when we have to be a bit more aggressive. Again, fortunately, we now have treatment options that can help with these issues. We sometimes have to go a bit deeper in the skin to get the changes that we want. One of the first treatments and still used today is the chemical peel. This uses a chemical that is applied to the skin that carefully removes some of the superficial dead cells. Laser can be used to do the same thing and this allows us to accurately remove as deep a layer as we think is right. Fractional lasers break the laser beam into micro channels that can penetrate to a predetermined depth. This stimulates new collagen in the skin and helps to break up patches of discoloration.
These more aggressive treatments do have a bit more of a recovery time but the results can be worth it. We can help you to decide what the best treatment for your skin is. Remember though that the best treatment is prevention, so protect your skin from sun damage as much as you can. Don’t smoke! Have a healthy diet with a good intake of antioxidants, fish oils and essential minerals and use good products on your skin.