Medical condition

Skin Laxity and Sun Damaged Skin

senior woman with sun damaged skin on chest

What Causes Skin Ageing?

As we age, our skin becomes less firm and elastic, leading to skin laxity. 

This happens due to several reasons:

  • Reduction in collagen and elastin – These proteins provide strength and elasticity to the skin. With age, their production decreases, causing the skin to lose its firmness.
  • Decline in hyaluronic acid – This natural substance helps maintain skin hydration and plumpness. As we get older, its production decreases, leading to drier and less supple skin.
  • Loss of fat and volume – Over time, we lose fat beneath the skin’s surface, especially in the face. This loss of volume contributes to a sagging appearance.
  • Weakening of facial muscles – The underlying facial muscles become weaker with age, which can contribute to skin sagging.
  • Effects of gravity – Gravity constantly pulls downward, stretching and pulling the skin and tissues, causing them to sag.
  • Environmental factors and lifestyle choices – Sun exposure, smoking, pollution, and poor skincare habits can accelerate skin ageing and worsen skin laxity.

While ageing is a natural process, taking care of your skin, protecting it from the sun, and adopting a healthy lifestyle can help slow down the development of skin laxity and maintain a youthful appearance.

What Are The Treatments Available To Improve Skin Laxity?

The treatments for skin laxity and sun-damaged skin vary depending on the severity and specific concerns of the individual.

Here are some common treatment options:

Topical creams and lotions

Various topical products containing ingredients such as retinoids, antioxidants, peptides, and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) can improve the appearance of sun-damaged skin and enhance collagen production. These products may help reduce fine lines and wrinkles and improve skin texture.

Chemical peels

Chemical peels involve applying a chemical solution to the skin, which causes exfoliation and stimulates the growth of new skin cells. This treatment can help improve the appearance of sun-damaged skin by reducing hyperpigmentation, fine lines, and uneven texture.

Laser resurfacing

Laser treatments, such as fractional laser resurfacing, can target and remove damaged skin layers. This stimulates collagen production and helps improve skin laxity, wrinkles, and texture. Laser treatments may require multiple sessions for optimal results.

cosmetic doctor using radio frequency treatment on woman's chin

 

Microneedling

This procedure involves creating tiny punctures in the skin using a device with fine needles. It stimulates collagen production and enhances skin rejuvenation. Microneedling with or without PRP (platelet-rich plasma) can improve skin laxity, texture, and reduce the appearance of sun damage.

Injectable Hyaluronic Acid (HA)

AKA Biomodulator. It is an innovative treatment for skin remodelling. It is an injectable procedure that revitalises and rejuvenates the skin, providing ideal conditions to prevent and reverse the signs of aging. By promoting collagen and elastin production, essential for skin firmness, structure, and moisture, the Biomodulator helps improve skin tone, hydration, and reduce fine lines. It achieves this through a controlled release of hyaluronic acid (HA), leading to visible improvements in the skin’s overall appearance.

Radio frequency skin tightening

These non-invasive procedures utilise energy to stimulate collagen production and tighten the skin. Radiofrequency skin tightening treatments can improve skin laxity and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

Surgical procedures

In more severe cases of skin laxity, surgical options like facelifts, neck lifts, or brow lifts may be considered. These procedures involve removing excess skin and tightening the underlying tissues to appear youthful.

FAQ

Some medical research suggests that avoiding extremely high intakes of dairy and sugary products with a high glycaemic index (GI) may be beneficial for those with acne.

 

Foods that are considered low GI include vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes, fish, and whole grain breads and cereals. 

 

While dietary changes may not be a standalone solution for acne, they can certainly help accelerate the progress of acne treatment and improve overall skin health. Combining a healthy diet with medical treatments can provide the best results in managing acne and preventing further scarring.

Morning

  • Cleanser (non-soap)- Gentle, pH balanced cleansing gel
  • Toner- Balances and restores skin microbiome.
  • Lactic acid, salicylic acid - To resurface, hydrate, calm and balance oil flow.
  • 21% zinc oxide moisturiser with SPF 15 PA+++ - Calms skin redness and promotes healing and minimises excess oil flow and breakouts.

Night

  • Cleanser (non-soap)- Gentle, pH balanced cleansing gel
  • Toner- Balances and restores skin microbiome.
  • Niacinamide (B3)- Reduces breakouts and congestion by regulating oil flow.
  • Retinol- Regulates epidermal turnover, oil production and reduces inflammation.
  • Water-based moisturiser- Lightweight, non-comedogenic, oil-free formula.

WHICH TREATMENTS ARE AVAILABLE?

Book in for a skin consultation with Dr Tina for an individualised acne treatment plan.  Your best treatment will often depend on your age, gender, triggers and causes of your acne.

Dr Tina can advise on a combination including:

  • Skin care advice
  • Topical alpha and beta hydroxy acids
  • Antibiotics
  • Hormonal balancing in women
  • Chemical peels, microdermabrasion and extractions
  • RF Microneedling, IPL, LED phototherapy
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