Current standards that are presented by society and the cosmetic industry have been set quite high regards to flawless skin. Many patients can see technology companies and niche practices touting the latest and the greatest in skin rejuvenation. However, the reality might be a bit different when we inspect closer. Reality looks more like a balance between high expectations and realistic expectations. The following pages will present the science, the methods, and concepts that are used to accomplish these balanced outcomes.
What does healthy skin look like?
Improving skin appearance can be broad and can mean different things to patients. However, we can take some core features that every patients shares.
- Compact stratum corneum
- Collagen rich
- Elastin rich
- Even texture
- Even production of melanin
- High elasticity
How does a patient achieve "healthy skin"?
The main goal of a procedure that aims to improve skin health and therefore appearance will be a method of regulation of cell function. There are a few paths that can be implemented to achieve this, although it may prove to be challenging.
- Introduce the skin with core components. For example, nutrition, creams, exercise, and supplements.
- Wield cell function. For example, introduce growth factors and cytokines.
What is the ideal outcome of a medical aesthetic treatment?
The ideal treatment would optimize cell function, increase collagen production, introduce growth factors, break down scar tissue, and preserve the epidermis. The ideal treatment approach for any patients is consider all the treatment options and prioritize. Cream and other aggressive chemical treatments may improve one facet of the overall appearance. However, a complete treatment protocol will deliver the outcomes that the majority patients are looking for.