The process of aging is not something we have the power to stop. As we grow older, the changes that occur in our body can lead to certain signs of age. This is called intrinsic aging. We are also impacted by how much time we spend in the sun, our lifestyle habits, and the environment in which we live. Signs of aging that come from these factors are called extrinsic aging.
Intrinsic aging is an ongoing process that, in our thirties and beyond, leads to the slowed production of vital substances like collagen and hyaluronic acid. With less collagen, there is less spring to the skin and we notice sagging. With decreased hyaluronic acid, the skin loses vital moisture. At the same time, the rate of cell turnover may also decrease, leading to poor tone and texture. The signs of intrinsic aging are typically noticed over decades.
Different than intrinsic aging, extrinsic aging is something we have a bit of control over. Because we know that exposure to UV rays via natural sunlight and tanning beds leads to photodamage in the skin, we can take steps to minimize exposure and protect skin during times we will be outdoors. We can also create healthy lifestyle habits that minimize stress and maximize sleep and nutrition, which benefits the skin.
Aging skin is not only a concern in terms of aesthetics. Research shows that individuals over the age of fifty are at an increased risk for the development of skin cancers. Home and professional skin cancer screenings should begin well before the age of fifty.
Just because our skin ages, it does not mean that we must live with unwanted lines, wrinkles, and loss of volume. Dr. Kenneth Neal is a respected, board certified dermatologist skilled in the various treatments that improve the look of aging skin. In our Stafford or Arlington dermatology practice, you can discover your own personal path towards aging gracefully. Treatment plans may include precise skin care, injectable solutions such as Botox or dermal fillers, laser treatments, or other innovative therapies to improve skin tone, texture, and firmness.
To discover your ideal treatment for aging skin, contact one of our conveniently located offices to schedule your consultation.