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The Grades of Aging
By: Sam Dhatt, MD
Posted: June 29, 2009, from the July 2009 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
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Deep wrinkles; deep nasolabial folds; aged appearance; loss of firmness and elasticity on neck, lower face, eye area; deep forehead wrinkles; definite hyperkeratotic areas.
Professional care. Professional treatments should be performed by dermatologists or plastic surgeons because deep peels and lasers are needed to rebuild a demolished dermis and thin epidermis. If possible, work with the physician to maintain good health of the client’s skin while the treatments are being performed. Proper education about sun avoidance is necessary for this client, especially during the healing and recovery process because deeper peels and lasers make the skin even more sun-sensitive.
Home care. Home care after skin balance is achieved should involve high percentage anti-aging ingredients with targeted delivery systems. Retinoids or AHAs should always be introduced before the deep peels or professional laser treatments, which are usually recommended by physicians. Home care post-treatment products should include those that contain ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, copper, wound-healing plant extracts, and zinc or titanium oxide sunscreens should be introduced while the epidermis is re-epithelialized. The treatments and home care products should include higher active ingredient percentages for clients of higher grades of aging.
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The Grades of Aging method for defining an anti-aging treatment program is dependable and, for that reason, supports self-confidence in estheticians’ decisions. The treatment dilemma, “What product should I recommend,” or “What treatment should I perform,” is gone, and the esthetician designs effective treatment plans and knows the right combination of home care and professional treatments. What better confidence-builder can an esthetician have than making the right recommendation?