Anyone who has ever touched a baby’s skin cannot help but marvel at its soft texture and healthy glow. From birth, the microscopic cells that form the top layer of your skin die and continuously slough off which is nature’s way of removing the dead cells to expose the new layer of skin below. As you age, this natural process slows down and layers of dead cells remain on your skin, clogging pores and making it appear dull and lifeless. You can no longer see the new skin below and the collagen and elastin, which gives your skin its body and tone, begins to diminish leaving you with thinner and sagging skin.
The skin is your body’s largest organ, measuring approximately one eighth of an inch thick and comprising roughly 10% of your total bodyweight. Skin consists of two layers: a protective outer layer known as the epidermis and a thicker inner layer called the dermis. When healthy, your skin provides many important services. It acts as a shield preventing excessive moisture loss or gain, it keeps disease-causing pathogens and organisms out, and it safeguards you from chemical, physical, and biological hazards. Your skin also possesses remarkable self-healing properties and it protects your underlying network of tissues, bones, and organs from injury.
As you age, your skin care needs change too and it is important to remain aware of your individual skin’s condition so you can respond appropriately to the signs of aging as they occur. With proper attention and care, you can fight age and look decades younger. Key kinds of skin molecules determine the health, resilience and appearance of your skin and the most important are: collagen, elastin, Glycosoaminoglycans (GAGS), and proteoglycans. Understanding how your skin works biologically will help you make educated choices when it comes to what skin rejuvenation methods are best for you.
- Collagen: Collagen is the principal structural protein holding your skin together. Collagen is a fibrous protein found in your skin, bones, cartilage, tendons, and other connective tissues. Unlike most proteins, which are essentially comprised of clumps of molecules, in its maturity collagen becomes a mesh of fibers rich in amino acids such as lysine, proline, hydroxylysine, and hydroxyproline. A variety of types of collagen exist in varying quantities in almost all of your organs. The quality and quantity of your skin’s collagen plays a major role in your appearance and it gives durability and strength to your skin. As you age, collagen production declines resulting in wrinkles as well as thin, sagging skin. When using collagen to enhance the appearances of your skin, you must take into consideration not only the amount but also the type of collagen you choose.
- Elastin: While collagen is a key factor in maintaining beautiful skin, there is another protein in your skin that is as equally important for its health and appearance known as elastin. Elastin is a protein found in your skin and connective tissue throughout your body. It keeps your skin flexible and tight, allowing tissue to return to its original shape after it has been stretched or contracted. Elastin also keeps your skin smooth as it stretches to accommodate your daily activities, such as muscle flexing and talking.
- Glycosoaminoglycans (GAGs) and Proteoglycans: Glycosoaminoglycans (GAGs) and proteoglycans are special biological polymers mainly responsible for holding moisture in your skin. GAGs and proteoglycans are composed of proteins and special water-holding sugars that come from glyconutrients. These units combine to form various types of GAGs, such as hyaluronic acid, keratin sulfate, heparin, heparin sulfate, dermatin sulfate, and chondroitin sulfate. Proteoglycans are larger than GAGs and are formed when certain types of GAGs are attached to a protein backbone. Since GAGs and proteoglycans are composed largely of water-holding sugars, they are your body’s natural moisturizers and GAGs and proteoglycans help your skin stay plump and provide mechanical support for your skin cells.
Fortunately, skin care today involves a very exact science providing you with a wide selection of treatments to counteract and slow down the aging process. Neo Surgery Center, located in Beverly Hills, California, is founded and directed by Dr. Brent Moelleken M.D., F.A.C.S.: a double board certified plastic surgeon with over 17 years of experience. Neo Surgery Center is comprised of a Practice Manager/Surgical Consultant, a Registered Nurse with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing, an Office Administrator and a professional staff who under the guidance of Dr. Moelleken will evaluate your skin and lifestyle in order to design the program best suited to meet your needs. During your initial consultation, a series of treatments will be chosen to correct the existing damage and a maintenance plan established to help your skin regain its healthy, vigorous glow. Neo Surgery Center offers a wide variety of cosmetic and laser skin procedures to restore your youthful appearance. Office-based procedures and laser technology is utilized to reverse the visible signs of aging and when necessary, cosmetic surgical procedures are recommended with the goal of a fast recovery so you can resume your normal activities as quickly and safely as possible.
Your face is the most important visual element of who you are and at Neo Surgery Center, we understand the way you see yourself plays a vital role in your psychological and overall well being. Numerous studies have shown that age discrimination is widespread in both work and social environments so it is not surprising that people are concerned that the visual signs of aging because it can affect them financially and socially. It is a known fact that when you look better, you feel better and at Neo Surgery Center, our goal is to help you enhance your self-image and improve your overall self-confidence. From plumping lips to smoothing contours and creases, minimizing wrinkles to rejuvenating the signs of aging, Neo Surgery Center offers a multitude of options to fulfill all of your aesthetic needs. We provide quality medical care in a comfortable, safe, and attentive environment, so call us today and let Dr. Moelleken renew the good skin you feel you have lost. We look forward to meeting with you and helping you take the best possible care of your skin.