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Aging Skin and Wrinkles Treatment

» Changes In The Skin When We Age
1. WHAT HAPPENS TO THE SKIN WHEN WE AGE?

Our skin is a living organ, and it ages as we get older. At first, fine lines appear but over time, our skin loses its elasticity and becomes loose and wrinkled. The skin feels dry and rough and develops new skin growths, which may be benign or malignant. Brown spots, increased facial veins and redness appear and the skin has a sallow appearance. The face loses its volume and looks deflated and hair starts to thin out. The signs of aging can be seen as
  • Age Related Pigmentation
  • Age Related Facial veins / Red spots
  • Wrinkles and Folds
  • Sagging skin
  • Age Related Volume Loss
  • Skin Growths
  • Dry Skin/ Skin Rash
  • Hair Loss
2. WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF SKIN AGING?

There two main types of skin aging
  • Intrinsic aging which happens to everyone as we age
  • Extrinsic aging or photoaging which is seen in people with sun damaged skin. Here the signs of aging are exaggerated.

3. WHAT ARE SOME OF THE AGE RELATED PIGMENTATION?

Brown and white spots are often seen on the skin of older people. Most of these are benign but occasionally some may be malignant
  • A. Age spots


    Age spots are brown spots seen on the face and on exposed skin like the arms and legs. They are often referred to as liver spots or sun spots. They are benign but if you are unsure what they are, schedule a consultation with Dr Joyce Lim, a dermatologist. Age spots are benign and do not need treatment. Most people request for treatment for cosmetic reason. Treatment includes cryosurgery, chemical peels, laser treatments and OPT/BBL treatments

  • B. Brown Spots / Seborrhoeic Keratosis
    As you grow older you may get harmless growths on the skin called seborrhoeic keratosis. These are brown, feel rough and can be greasy. They are usually multiple, distributed on the face, body and limbs. They are benign but you should see Dr Joyce Lim, a dermatologist, if you are worried that they may be skin cancers.

  • C. White Spots
    As we age tiny white spots may be seen on the arms or legs and they are called idiopathic guttate hypomelanosis(IGH). They are not fungal infection or vitiligo and are due to sun damage. Idiopathic guttate hypomelanosis remain small and do not spread. No treatment is needed

4. WHAT ARE SOME OF THE AGE RELATED RED SPOTS?
  • A. Red Veins / Broken Veins
    Tiny red veins or telangiectasia may be seen on the cheeks and around the nose and chin. Sometimes we see them on the chest as well. These veins worsen with age and on sun exposure and occasionally after applying creams that contain vitamin A. These veins can be treated by the Pulse dye laser.

  • B. Bruises
    As you age, the skin gets thinner and there is less support for the blood vessels. Blood vessels tear easily with the slightest trauma. Sometimes you may get bruises spontaneously. However, if you suspect that you are bruising more than usual you should see Dr Joyce Lim to exclude any other medical problems.

  • C. Red Raised Spots
    They are collections of blood vessels that occur as we age, called senile angiomas. They look fragile but they are unlikely to bleed. They can be left alone or treated by the pulsed dye laser.

5. HOW DO I GET WRINKLES?

There are 2 types of wrinkles: wrinkles seen at rest (static wrinkles) and wrinkles seen when we animate eg smiling, frowning (dynamic wrinkles).

Static wrinkles: As we age we lose collagen and elastic tissues in the skin. The skin loses its thickness and start to develop lines known as wrinkles. Over time due to gravity effects, the wrinkles deepen and become folds.

Dynamic wrinkles: Wrinkles are also formed from repetitive muscle movements. Initially they disappear when the muscles are at rest but over time fibrosis sets in and the lines become etched in the skin

6. IS DRY SKIN A FORM OF SKIN DISEASE?

As we age the skin becomes thinner and drier. Dry skin is also seen in people who live in a dry climate or during winter. Dry skin may be a sign of a skin disease. If you have dry skin which does not improve with moisturiser, you may want to consult Dr Joyce Lim, a dermatologist

» Aesthetic Procedures To Address Aging
There are many creams and treatments available, and many people spend time and money to fight against the effects of ageing.

Dr Joyce Lim will assess your skin condition and offer solutions which include
  • Preventive measures – use of sunscreen, hats
  • Prescription products / professional skincare (Joyce Lim Dermaceuticals)
  • Aesthetic procedures to reverse or reduce the signs of aging
1. WHAT ARE SOME OF THE OPTIONS TO TREAT WRINKLES AND FOLDS?

Prescription creams can improve fine lines and wrinkles. These creams contain active ingredients that can stimulate growth of new collagen and elastic fibers. The common ingredients are antioxidants, vitamin A, fruit acids, skin peptides and growth factors. Antioxidants are added to quench the free radicals that cause aging and wrinkles. Remember that creams have their limitation; they only work for superficial or early wrinkles. There are many creams in the cosmetic counters that make fantastic claims. Discuss these with your dermatologist before you make your purchases.

Dynamic wrinkles are treated with botulinum injections to relax the muscles causing the frown lines, the crows’ feet and the forehead lines.

Static wrinkles or folds are injected with dermal filers to fill and raise deep lines or folds. Lasers, intense pulse light or optimal pulse technology are useful to stimulate collagen growth and are effective in smoothing out lines and wrinkles.

2. WHAT ARE THE OPTIONS FOR TREATING SAGGING SKIN?

There are non invasive, non surgical procedures to lift and tighten skin to give it a more youthful look. They work for both facial and nonfacial skin. Ask Dr Joyce Lim about the Thermage and SkinTyte treatments.

3. HOW CAN I IMPROVE MY SUNKEN LOOK?

When we age we lose fat and skin structures. The face loses its volume like a deflated balloon and sags. To rejuvenate the face we need to add volume to the face. Imagine how “young” a grape looks compared to an “old” raisin. Ask Dr Joyce Lim about dermal fillers to replace the volume loss

4. HOW CAN I REMOVE THE SIGNS OF AGING ON THE SKIN?

Lasers and light treatments are used to smooth out skin lines and to remove any redness or brown spots or any blemishes on the skin surface.
 
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290 Orchard Road
#11-16/20, Paragon Medical Suites
Singapore 238859
T : 6834 9159
Email: drjoyce@joycelim.com
 
...................................................
290 Orchard Road
#11-16/20, Paragon Medical Suites
Singapore 238859
T : 6834 9159
Email: drjoyce@joycelim.com