Let’s talk about skin It’s a known fact that sun damage can cause unpleasant changes to your skin; enlarged pores, uneven tone, pigmentation spots and, of course, the most dreaded of all, wrinkles. Sun damage isn’t the only culprit, though: the menopause, too, is said to cause changes in a woman’s skin, with sudden breakouts and oily skin being prevalent for those over the age of 40 – while others experience a change in skin type from oily to dry. We all have a range of trustworthy products endorsed by our favourite celebrities that we so diligently use to care for our skin on a daily basis. They promise to reduce blemishes, tighten the skin, reverse the aging effect and make our pores smaller – there are even anti-aging creams that promise the same wrinkle-relaxing, skin tone-evening, age-defying results as a laser treatment, fillers, botox injection or a facelift would. But how effective exactly are these products? Well, while the experts are skeptical about how well these products really work, our skin types also change over time, so sometimes the effect of the skincare products we’ve been using starts to diminish. So say if you were diagnosed with dry skin by a dermatologist five years ago, that could all have changed by now and in turn your skin could have become a combination of both dry and oily – with no apparent reason as to how. Professionals at Beverly Wilshire Medical Centre explain that while skincare products such as anti-wrinkle creams and serums can delay the time at which an aesthetic procedure such as laser treatment or injectable treatments becomes appropriate, they simply cannot achieve the same results. So what do those aesthetic procedures do exactly, to help your skin? Fillers injections are an aesthetic procedure that helps to improve visible signs of aging on the face and neck (or even the hands) and improves wrinkles, deflated cheeks, dull skin and depressed acne scars. Fillers are injected into sunken areas and rehydrate the skin, creating a fuller face with soft curves. Different types of fillers are made up of different composites, to be applied in different facial and body areas. Nowadays, there’s an all-new generation of fillers, made up of hyaluronic acid. The advantage of a hyaluronic acid filler is that this material is similar to the Hyaluronic Acid which the skin naturally produces and it retains moisture, keeping the skin hydrated and your skin looking fresh. Laser treatments come in many forms – one of the more popular treatments is Fraxel Restore Dual, a laser treatment that penetrates into the skin’s layers. This eliminates old, damaged skin cells and stimulates the natural healing process, addressing issues like pigmentation, sun damage or acne scars and giving a fresh, glowing complexion. Another is SmartXide CO2 laser, which combines lasers with radiofrequency to stimulate new collagen growth to correct skin imperfections. Everyone’s skin is unique and different treatments can be more appropriate for different ages. Our advice? Take care of your skin now, and your face will thank you for it later on! Got a question for one of our doctors? Ask here.