Principles of Skin Restoration
My skin restoration philosophy is based on the OBAGI approach. Dr. Zein Obagi (originator of the Obagi Blue Peel) in Beverly Hills (www.obagiskin.com) is the undisputed world leader of modern skin restoration.
Unlike existing procedure-oriented approaches, Obagi Skin Health Restoration programmes address prevention, skin function and maintenance to keep skin healthy, young looking and free of deteriorative signs of ageing and skin disease. Procedures may be used, but they are not the main focus. My approach to skin rejuvenation is comprehensive and the procedures constitute only a part of the whole.
Skin quality and a youthfull appearance
The main objective in restoring your skin is to optimize your skin quality. Healthy skin and good quality skin is characterized by a smooth texture. It is firm and tight with an even colour (no blemishes), free from disease and also well hydrated.
But most importantly good quality skin has tolerance with no sensitivity. The best examples of healthy, tolerant skin can be seen in babies and pre-pubertal children.
In addition to good quality skin you would want to retain the youthful curvatures of your face for as long as possible in order to reflect light in a soft, pleasing and complimentary way. The manner by which light reflects from skin surfaces determines the quality of appearance.
Identifying your skin type:
We carry out a thorough clinical assessment of skin color, thickness, oiliness, laxity and fragility before planning any treatment protocol or procedure.
Diagnosing your specific problem area depends on the nature of the causing condition, e.g., inflammatory, functional or textural and the location in the skin, e.g., epidermis, dermis or subcutaneous tissues.
The process of creating your Treatment Plan:
We firstly work on eliminating skin sensitivity. Then we treat active disease of the skin, should it be present. Thereafter, skin conditioning takes place both pre- and post- procedure. Once the skin is tolerant, we perform the specific procedure(s) and thereafter maintenance treatment commences.
Skin Restoration as a Treatment Protocol:
1) Photo damage – a consequence of excessive sun (UV rays) and heat exposure, resulting in dermal elastosis.
2) Pigmentary skin problems – such as melasma, dermal melanosis and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH)
3) Inflammatory skin problems – acne, acne rosacea, rhynophema and related problems caused by excessive skin oiliness
4) Textural skin changes – scarring secondary to acne, dermal elastosis, large pores
5) Skin deformity – burns, hypertrophic reactions, keloid
The Principles of Restoring Healthy Skin
1) Correcting cellular skin functions with topical agents
2) Utilizing procedures to normalize skin texture
3) Maintaining the result with a maintenance program
Skin Restoration Objectives
1) Restore damaged epidermis
2) Repair damage to DNA
3) Restore barrier function
4) Stabilize melanocytes
5) Reduce inflammation
6) Improve natural hydration and circulation
7) Activate and regulate essential skin cells.
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