Most skin damage is a result of accumulated sun exposure, toxins in the environment, an individual’s lifestyle, and the inevitable aging process. Damaged skin can appear very thick, deeply or mildly wrinkled, contain dark spots/blotches, have visible veins, or sag. Sun damage or photo aging results from accumulated exposure to UV radiation, which accelerates the aging process. Examples include:
- Dark spots
- Droopy skin
- Yellowish tint to the skin
- Broken blood vessels
- Rough/thick skin (referred to as “leathery”)
- Skin cancers
Dark Spots and Stains
Your pigmentation is the color of your skin and is produced by melanin, a natural pigment that also determines eye and hair color. However, if too much melanin is produced in an area, the result is a dark spot or stain (also known as hyper-pigmentation.) There are many forms of hyper-pigmentation which include Melasma, Solar Lentigo (“age” spots or “liver” spots), Traumatic Discoloration, and Hormonal Discoloration. Treatments range from topical medication to peels, laser treatments or a combination of these, and will be determined at your consultation.
Sagging and Droopy Skin
While the skin has a natural ability to stretch and recoil as your body constantly moves, it does not stay firm and young forever. Over time, it stops producing collagen, loses elasticity, and suffers from photoaging. Other contributors also include sudden or extensive weight loss and bone loss.
VISIA Complexion Analysis
Fortunately, there are many treatments designed to both repair and improve the skin’s appearance. Dr. Crowell, our Physician Assistants, and our Medical Estheticians all conduct cosmetic consultations. Their evaluation may consist of a Canfield VISIA Complexion Analysis, a history of your skin and goals. At each visit we able to provide a skin analysis using our Visia Digital Imaging system. This state of the art technology allows us to determine the current condition of your skin as well as identify any skin problems so our dermatologists can map out a treatment plan for to specifically address your particular skin care needs. Then we will customize a treatment and skin care regimen best suited for your needs.Learn more, visit Miami Cosmetic Derm today!