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Aging skin and facial skin tightening

As we age, our skin produces fewer collagens and elastin fibres and, as a result, loses its elasticity and tone. Our skin sags downwards and wrinkles appear. Environmental factors including smoking and high exposure to sun can worsen the effects of age on your skin but, ultimately, aging skin is a problem we will all face. Luckily, however, there are a range of treatments to revitalise and tighten skin.

Age spots and hyperpigmentation

Changes to skin pigmentation including age spots and hyperpigmentation-a condition in which patches of skin become darker than surrounding areas- can be caused by a number of factors. These include exposure to UV light, stress and aging. Age spots or hyperpigmented patches are not harmful but many wish to have them removed for cosmetic reasons.

Red veins

Red veins and/or “spider veins” (thread veins) can show up near to the surface of the skin. Thread veins are harmless and can affect anyone but, due to their red/purple colour and visible presence, may impact on an individual’s confidence.

Rosacea & redness

Rosacea is a common skin condition which can appear in the form of flaky skin, blood vessel abnormalities, skin redness and more. Some lifestyle factors can worsen rosacea and skin redness, including cold weather and stress. SkinGenius offer a range of solutions to treat both rosacea and general skin redness.

Open pores

Visibly open pores are a source of insecurity for many people. Open pore visibility can be worsened by several lifestyle factors, such as makeup and pollutants, but large pores are mostly a product of genetics. Loss of elasticity around the pore makes it become weak and loose.

Acne/excess oil and congestion

Acne is a common inflammatory disease caused by a build-up of excess oils which block gland openings, as well as the bacterium Propionibacterium acnes. The combination of these two things causes red and yellow spots to appear on the skin. Treating excess oil build-up, acne and congested skin can massively improve an individual’s self-esteem and restore a clear complexion.

Acne scarring

Acne very commonly leaves scarring and can cause an uneven skin tone. Luckily, there are a range of solutions that restore the skin and treat acne scarring very effectively.

Skin laxity

Skin laxity, or skin looseness, is something that everyone will face at some point in life. Skin laxity is caused by a number of extrinsic factors, including pollution and sun exposure, but is also a natural part of the aging process. As we age, we begin to lose collagen and elastin which keep our skin firm.

Sagging jowls

Skin laxity, or skin looseness, is something that everyone will face at some point in life. Skin laxity is caused by a number of extrinsic factors, including pollution and sun exposure, but is also a natural part of the aging process. As we age, we begin to lose collagen and elastin which keep our skin firm.

Sagging eyelids

Sagging or dropping eyelids are a normal part of the aging process as the skin loses elasticity and the muscles around the eyes become weaker. If sagging eyelids are a source of insecurity for you, there are a number of highly effective treatment options.

Dark circles

Dark circles under the eyes can be caused by a number of genetic factors and, as we age, can appear to worsen. There are a number of treatments available to treat dark circles, refresh your skin and revitalise your appearance.

Eye bags

eye bags often get worse as we age and the muscle tissue around our eyes weakens.

Neck, décolletage & chest

It has long been said that the neck, décolletage and chest area is one of the clearest indicators of age. Treating signs of aging on the neck, décolletage and chest – such as wrinkles, lines and sagging skin- can create a more youthful appearance and restore self-esteem.

Lip lines

Lip lines are small, vertical wrinkles that appear above the upper lip. Otherwise referred to as smoker’s lines, these lines are often caused by smoking. However, lip lines are also caused by a number of other factors including aging and too much sun exposure.

Dull & dehydrated skin

When the top layers of our skin lack water, our skin can appear dull and our pores can appear enlarged. There are a number of causes of dull, dehydrated skin beyond not drinking enough water. These range from genetic causes to showering in hard water.

FACE

Forehead/frown lines

Loss of skin elasticity, coupled with frequent use of the frontalis (forehead) muscle, can cause lines on the forehead to form. This is a completely natural part of the aging process but forehead lines can also be worsened by environmental factors such as UV light. Many people dislike the appearance of forehead lines and frown lines, which are commonly referred to as 11 lines and appear between the eyebrows, because they appear to be frowning when they are not.

Crow’s feet

Wrinkles at the corner of the eye are referred to as crow’s feet or, occasionally, as smile lines since they are more pronounced when smiling. Crow’s feet are caused by simply by the aging process but can also be made worse by exposure to UV among other environmental factors. Crow’s feet can appear at any age and are commonly one of the first signs of aging. They often appear deeper and more pronounced than other facial wrinkles and, as a result, often effect an individual’s confidence more powerfully.

Nose reshaping

Many people feel dissatisfied with the shape of their nose due to its structure, asymmetry or often as a result of nose bumps. The nose plays a key role in an overall face profile and can have a profound impact on self-esteem that leads many people to pursue surgery. Surgical nose reshaping, or rhinoplasty, is popular but it comes with additional risks and can sometimes produce undesired results. Non-surgical nose re-shaping, on the other hand, is non-invasive. We are able to restructure the appearance of the nose, raise the nose tip or bridge, and correct nose bumps through dermal fillers.

Loss of facial volume

Losing facial volume is incredibly common as we age. Loss of facial volume means that skin appears to sag, facial contours become lessened and wrinkles deepen. It can be difficult to notice loss of facial volume at first, but initial signs can include a flattening of the cheeks and a less defined jawline. Many wish to treat a loss of facial volume as it can make them look older than they are.

Thin lips

Full lips are often associated with health and youth and, as we age, our lips can become thinner, losing volume and hydration. Thin lips can simply be caused by genetics but lip size can also be influenced by factors such as smoking. Many wish to enhance the natural shape of their lips or to achieve fuller, plumper lips, in order to improve their own confidence.

Gummy smile

When you think of the perfect smile, you imagine pearly white teeth, right? A gummy smile, on the other hand, is a term used to refer to a smile that shows an excessive amount of gum above the teeth. A gummy smile is most often caused by over-activity of the upper lip. Many people find that having a gummy smile makes them self-conscious of their smile.

Jawline contouring

The jawline defines the entire shape of the face. While a square, chiselled jaw is considered masculine, a feminine jawline is traditionally more heart-shaped. Insecurity about face structure and an undefined jawline can really impact upon an individual’s confidence. Reshaping and contouring the jawline can improve the side profile and even make the face appear slimmer.

BODY

Excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis)

If you are sweating a lot when you haven’t been exercising, you’re not and your body doesn’t need to cool down, you might have hyperhidrosis. Hyperhidrosis (excess sweating) can be caused by medication, another medical condition or simply genetics. Hyperhidrosis is very common but can cause much embarrassment and discomfort. People that experience excess sweating or hyperhidrosis often change their clothes several times a day to avoid sweat marks or note frequently having very sweaty palms.

Stretch marks

Stretch marks occur as a result of parts of the body experiencing rapid growth. Whether this is from weight gain, pregnancy or another factor, some indications that stretch marks are about to develop include itchy skin and the feeling that the skin is being stretched. Stretch marks, along with these other symptoms, are caused by the middle layer of skin (the dermis) tearing. Stretch marks appear first as red/purple lines from the deeper layers of skin, and fade to silver. Many people feel self-conscious of their stretch marks and prefer the appearance of a more consistent skin tone.

Hand rejuvenation

We tend to focus less attention on the appearance of our hands, even though they are one of the areas that we notice most in others. As a result of aging, the skin on the hands becomes thinner and the veins on the hands more pronounced. Since many of us don’t apply sunscreen to the hands, we may also develop more age spots on the hands than on other areas of the body. These patches of pigmentation, combined with the loss of elasticity, can cause people to become self-conscious of their hands.

Cosmetic Dermatology

Skin tags

Skin tags, known technically as fibro-vascular papilloma, are benign growths on the skin that vary in size and shape. Most of us will develop a skin tag at some point as we age and, though they are completely harmless, many find that skin tags are irritating and impact on their self-esteem. The exact causes of skin tags have not been pinpointed but they often appear in areas which experience high friction, such as between the eyelashes or where clothes rub. Skin tags most frequently appear on the neck and arms.

Mole treatment

Most people have moles across their face or body and most moles are benign. Simply put, moles are pigmented growths or blemishes on the skin which can vary in colour and size. Some people find that they dislike the placement or appearance of a mole on their skin and, in this case, once the mole is checked for health, its appearance can be reduced and/or improved.

Warts & seborrhoeic keratosis

Warts are small, rough, benign growths that are caused by HPV or human papillomavirus. Whilst seborrhoeic keratosis warts are non-contagious and usually caused by genetics, most warts are spread from person to person by contamination. Warts can vary in colour and size and may often get caught in clothing. They can disappear without treatment but this can take months or even years.

Solar keratosis

Solar keratosis, also referred to as actinic keratosis, is a common skin condition in which rough, scaly patches appear on the skin. Solar keratosis is caused by sun damage over a number of years and, if left untreated, can sometimes lead to skin cancer. Once you have had your skin assessed by a medical professional, you may find that you’d like to remove the solar keratosis as it is often unsightly.

Blood spots/ Cherry angiomas

Blood spots or cherry angiomas, also referred to as Campbell de Morgans, are harmless blemishes that are dome shaped and slightly raised. Blood spots/cherry angiomas are incredibly common in people over 30 and, though their specific cause is unknown, are largely a result of genetics. Blood spots are most often red but can also appear black or dark purple anywhere on the body.

Sebaceous hyperplasia

Sebaceous hyperplasia is a term used to refer to enlarged sebaceous glands and appears as small yellow bumps on the skin. Sebaceous hyperplasia shows where oil glands are found (particularly on the forehead and cheeks) and the lesions may be single or multiple. Sebaceous hyperplasia is painless and the lesions small but many wish to treat the appearance of the shiny bumps and find the condition damaging to their self-esteem.

Xanthomas

Xanthomas are skin lesions caused by deposits of fat which collect under the skin, most commonly around the eyelids. Xanthomas may appear yellow or orange and can range in size. Often lesions can join together forming large masses which can heavily knock an individual’s confidence. Though the causes of xanthomas are largely unknown, they have been linked to higher cholesterol levels.

Syringoma

Syringoma are harmless lumps that are usually found on the lower eyelids and upper checks. Syringomas are small and can range in colour, sometimes appearing flesh coloured and other times more yellow. Syringomas are common, caused by the overgrowth of cells from sweat glands and often genetic but many find these blemishes a source of insecurity.

Scars & birth mark reduction

Many people find that their scars and/or birthmarks cause them to feel self-conscious and lacking in confidence. Scars may be atrophic (indented) or hypertrophic (raised). Birth marks too come in a variety of colours, shapes and sizes. Birthmarks can most often be treated relatively quickly but scar reduction might take a few treatments, resulting in a smoothed, more flawless appearance.

Sebaceous cysts / lipomas

Sebaceous cysts and lipomas are two types of lumps which can grow under the skin. Sebaceous cysts are caused by a build up of sebum that is blocked by an overgrowth of surface skin. Lipomas are caused by an overgrowth of fat cells. Both sebaceous cysts and lipomas can vary in size and can remain for many years if left untreated.

Milia

Milia are small, hard, white bumps that lie just under the surface of the skin, caused by trapped keratin. Though milia vary in size, they are most often small and often appear in clusters. If you notice a group of small white bumps on your face, particularly around the eyes or on the forehead, this will most likely be milia. Milia can go away on its own but, since it can often cause insecurity, many prefer to seek treatment.

HAIR & SCALP

Hair loss

While hair loss is typically described as a problem that affects men more than women, the truth is that most women will also suffer hair loss or hair thinning in their lifetime. Causes of hair loss vary and hair may grow back. However, if left untreated, hair loss may often lead to balding. Both balding and general hair loss can be hugely upsetting but can be prevented by a variety of treatments.

Scalp conditions

Scalp conditions, including dandruff and excessive grease, can really impact on a person’s life. As well as the immediate symptoms, scalp conditions can also lead to further problems including hair loss and skin rashes if left untreated. Many find their scalp conditions to be a source of much frustration and insecurity but, luckily, treatments are highly effective.

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