Crepiness / Thin skin
Crepe paper is fragile and wrinkly. While it looks great on decorations and crafts, skin that resembles crepe paper is less than desirable.
Anatomy of crepe paper-like skin
Our skin is divided into three layers: superficial or epidermis, the mid-layer or dermis and subcutaneous, which is mainly fatty tissue.
The skin is in a constant state of reinvention. New cells are formed in the lower epidermis, traveling to the surface where they slough off.
As we get older, cell division slows. Dead cells aren't shed as fast. The deeper layer or dermis that supports the skin and its elasticity shrinks.
The subcutaneous tissue responsible for nourishing the upper layers of skin and cushioning our internal organs loses its volume, too. These factors collectively result in crepiness and a loose, dull appearance.
Treatment for thinning skin
Treatments we provide restore skin-rejuvenating processes from within.
As the name suggests, materials are injected under the skin to "fill in" fragile areas, like the hollows under the eyes and back of the hands.
At Dermatology on Bloor we offer collagen, you can now choose from five other types of fillers:
- Hyaluronic acid gel (Juvederm, Restylane, Revanesse) - Hyaluronic-acid based fillers (like Restylane and Juvéderm) last four to 12 months.
- Polyactic Acid (Sculptra) - Sculptra as a poly-L-lactic acid filler produces results in about three sessions. By replacing collagen lost in the dermis, it can restore thickness to crepey areas between the mouth and nose, around the "smile zone" or near the jaw by building a foundation of reinforced collagen structure.
- Calcium hydroxyapatite (Radiesse) - Radiesse's results remain, on average, six months to a year because its calcium hydroxyl apatite breaks down more slowly. Filler choice comes down, partly, to the concern being treated; Radiesse, for example, is designed to add volume to a sunken chin, sides of the mouth and back of hands.
- Platelet-rich Plasma (Selphyl) - Selphyl is an example of just how far injectables have come. The doctors at Cosmetic Dermatology on Bloor extract a small amount of blood, spun to create a supercharged Platelet-Rich Fibrin Matrix. This sample is then injected back into your face to plump up fragile, wrinkly areas. Nothing is added. It's your blood. Selphyl can also be combined with dermal fillers and some laser therapies.
The difference is Thermage heats deep tissue safely with a mix of gentle vibrations and cooling for comfort, and radiofrequency energy to warm treatment areas and remodel collagen. Your skin will gradually improve over a few months, with considerable differences typically noted within six months.
At Dermatology on Bloor in Toronto, Fraxel is the therapy of choice to repair and improve skin texture and tone. It is used to treat crêpe-like skin on the chest and décolleté, and horizontal neck lines.
Pearl Fractional is a laser treatment that provides controlled -and at the same time- a deep ablation, where much of the surface skin is removed for maximum results. Its innovative design provides the patient with a very comfortable procedure that requires only minimal topical anesthesia and a brief recovery period. It works through laser pulses that penetrate only tiny sections of damaged skin cells at a time below the surface. The untouched tissue surrounding the treated cells is stimulated to regenerate itself more quickly for beautiful, smoother-looking skin. Effective results can be seen in as little as one or two treatments with this laser light therapy, and continued improvement will be experienced over the following few months. Proven indications for Pearl Fractional are moderate to severe effects on the skin due to aging and UV light exposure, such as sun and tanning beds. Treatment improves overall skin texture and also reduces the appearance of scarring and lines. It is a good choice for harder-to-treat areas, such as around the eyes and mouth.
Real Patients, Real Results!
Dermatology on Bloor has been recognized by Consumer's Choice as a top cosmetic dermatology clinic in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014