Our skin changes in appearance and character as we age, gradually reducing its supple appearance as it loses collagen and fat. Over time the skin loses its ability to regenerate.
Who does it affect?
Since ageing is inevitable, ageing skin affects everyone. However, there are environmental and genetic factors that can play a major role in the ageing process.
What causes the acceleration in ageing skin?
Factors that accelerate ageing skin include excessive UV exposure, smoking, the over consumption of alcohol and genetic factors.
How does the sun age our skin?
Sun exposure is a major factor in ageing and unfortunately most of the damage is done by the time we enter adulthood. This kind of damage is called photoaging and is caused by excessive exposure to sunlight or tanning beds.
The different wavelengths of sunlight affect different layers of the skin, leading to damage of the superficial and deeper layers. This results in fine lines and wrinkles, and changes in pigmentation and texture. The skin also becomes thinner over time, increasing the risk of skin tears and bruising as we age. Those who have been exposed to the sun from a young age or with fair skin will show more obvious signs of photoaging.
How can I slow the effects of ageing skin?
Slip, slop, slap. Taking care of your skin in the sun is important. Wear a hat, apply generous amounts of sunscreen and put on a shirt. Avoid going out in the sun in the hottest part of the day. While everyone ages, the effects of ageing skin can be slowed by a skin care routine including strict sun protection, quitting smoking, exercise, a healthy diet and regular moisturising.
How is it treated?
Changes to the pigmentation and complexion can be treated with several procedures such as facial treatments, Fraxel laser, anti-wrinkle injections and injectable fillers. We also have a team of plastic surgeons for patients who require surgical intervention. We work with Dr Andre Safvat and Dr Michael Kernohan.
What about thinning lips?
Thinning lips are often the result of ageing as the structure and substances that support our lips shape and volume start breaking down.
What is the cause?
While thinning lips are a part of the natural process of ageing, many factors can accelerate or exacerbate thinning lips such as sun exposure, smoking and lip pursing. It is caused by collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid breaking down.
How is it treated?
We offer treatments for a natural appearance on lip shaping, definition and plumping.
Dermal fillers can be used to treat the border of the upper and lower lip, to enhance the contour and shape of the lip, reducing the appearance of fine lines. Lip augmentation can be performed to achieve an increase in lip volume or give thin lips a naturally fuller appearance without looking ‘fake’.
Treatments can also focus around the mouth to elevate down-turning of mouth corners, nasolabial furrows (side of nose to corner of mouth) and marionette lines (corner of mouth to jaw).