Facial rejuvenation is the most popular cosmetic procedure in the United States. Traditionally, middle-aged females were the biggest buyers of facial treatments. Anymore, however, dermatologists and plastic surgeons are getting more bookings from patients with darker skin, too.
With this in mind, as you consider a facial rejuvenation in Fredericksburg, you can better understand how the procedure will benefit you according to your skin type.
How Does Skin Color Affect Aging?
Skin aging depends on two primary factors. The first, intrinsic aging, equally affects all skin types. Intrinsic, or biological skin aging, is influenced by gravity and manifests as a loss of skin volume and elasticity over time. Biological aging becomes particularly noticeable in the mid-lower facial regions, around the cheeks, nose, and mouth.
The second aspect of skin aging is photodamage; damage caused by sunlight. The susceptibility of our skin to photodamage is chiefly a result of melanin concentration.
By absorbing UV energy, melanin diverts radiation away from skin cells and reduces the adverse effects that sunlight has on the skin. As such, the higher melanin concentrations in those with darker skin protects them from sun radiation. Accordingly, these lucky men and women have lower incidences of skin cancer and skin damage.
This interaction between sun, time, and skin type leads to people experiencing skin aging differently. Facial rejuvenation procedures should be closely correlated with skin color and condition.
How Does Aging of the Skin Differ Between Skin Shades?
Lighter-skinned individuals tend to develop signs of aging earlier than those with darker skin. Lighter skin is more susceptible to photodamage. As such, fine lines, wrinkles, and volume loss due to sun exposure occur higher on the face, earlier in life.
With darker skin, signs of aging occur later on and are characterized more by an overall loss of facial volume. The best options for skin of color are often volumizing procedures. That means fillers.
Areas such as the cheeks, around the mouth (marionette lines) and the nose are all areas that respond well to filling using products such as Juvéderm® and Restylane®. These products, once injected under the skin, add subsurface volume and fill out folds, sunken cheeks, and hollow lips.
An area of caution for skin of color, however, is its susceptibility to scarring. The melanin that protects darker skin from the sun also means that the skin is more prone to discoloration from wounds. At Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg, however, we virtually eliminate this risk by using a DermaSculpt Microcannula injection technique.
This flexible microcannula allows our expert doctors to fill a wider area using a single, almost pain-free injection. It creates close to zero bruising and as such is an ideal technique for administering Juvéderm® or Restylane® to an area that needs more volume.
Our team at Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg have all the tools and expertise to gauge select the appropriate skin treatments for a variety of ethnic backgrounds. Skin type, age, and expectations all influence the suitability of any technique for you. Reach out to our board-certified team for a consultation via a phone call at 540-371-7730 or by filling in our online form.
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