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AAD Looks Into New Minimally Invasive Rejuvenating Treatments

Posted: August 11, 2008

The popular belief that good skin is something you're born with isn't entirely true. In fact, experts believe genetics account for only 20% of natural aging, with 80% thought to be from accumulated sun exposure. But for those who would rather steer clear of going under the knife to shave a few years off their appearance, a new arsenal of aesthetic procedures that work without visibly wounding the skin are quickly gaining popularity.

At the American Academy of Dermatology's Summer Academy Meeting 2008 in Chicago, dermatologist Arielle N.B. Kauvar, MD, clinical associate professor of dermatology at New York University School of Medicine in New York, discussed the latest nonsurgical options in skin rejuvenation for treating photodamage and pigmentation problems, wrinkles and textural changes, and loose skin.

Photodamage and pigmentation problems

Aging skin is associated with a range of cosmetic concerns—from pigmentation problems and splotchy skin to redness due to enlarged vessels or capillaries. The development of dry, dull skin also is common, adding to an overall lackluster appearance. Other effects include a loss of collagen, which results in the thinning of the skin, and loss of structural integrity or weakening of the skin.

"As we age, the majority of these skin problems are a direct result of long-term sun exposure," said Kauvar. "Also, the loss and movement of the underlying fat layer of the skin over time causes us to lose volume in our skin, creating that sunken-in look. Fortunately, we now have a number of minimally invasive procedures that can be used either alone or in combination to combat the telltale signs of aging."