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Understanding Your Skin

Overwhelmed by the ever-expanding cosmetic treatments, wondering what to choose and what to do? Put your mind to rest, and relax. It is not so much a process of choosing one treatment over the other, but of understanding how each targets different aspects of rejuvenation and how, eventually, the combination of treatments connect to a comprehensive balance of overall rejuvenation.

Dr Reinertson notices that we often tend to focus on one area that particularly bothers us, such as a certain wrinkle, a scar, or an in-grown hair. We can correct and treat these details but Dr Reinertson wants us to remember that it is as equally important to strive to an overall balance, or as the ancient Egyptians taught us, to seek “divine proportions.”

To help put things in perspective, this page will explain how our skin is structured and how our skin ages. Keep in mind that all layers are connected and each needs to be treated for a comprehensive, balanced approach to skin rejuvenation.

Epidermis
Thinner than a sheet of tissue paper, our skin’s first layer gives our skin color and glow. As we age and are exposed to the sun, our skin cells do not slough off as quickly, making our skin look blotchy and dull. The results from this may lead to brown spots, uneven pigmentation, clogged pores and bumps.
Recommended Treatments for Rejuvenation
Peels and Microdermabrasion- exfoliate and remove the buildup of dead skin cells, stimulation the regeneration of new skin for a fresh and healthy glow.
Cosmoseuticals-retinoids and sunscreen.
D.O.T.- refines and retextures skin on the surface while stimulating collagen.

Dermis
The Dermis contains a dense meshwork of collagen, blood vessels and elastin. As we age our collagen and elastic tissues break down, making our skin less firm and supple. Our capillaries lost elasticity and stay dilated leading to broken capillaries and rosacea.
Recommended Treatments for Rejuvenation
Filler Injections- lift and plump up undesirable wrinkles with Juvederm or Radiesse to give you a more youthful appearance.
D.O.T.- refines and retextures skin on the surface while stimulating collagen.
Photo Facial- laser treatments that stimulates collagen, smoothing and firming the skin. Treatments also remove redness and lighten brown spot pigmentation.

Fat
Under the dermis and epidermis is a tissue composed mainly of fat. Fat keeps our skin plump and smooth. In certain areas of the body, namely the outer thighs and buttocks is more common in woman.
Recommended Treatments for Rejuvenation
CoolLipo-laser guided Liposuction that has a fraction of the healing time of standard Liposuction.

Muscle
As we age, habitual facial expressions lead to defined lines around the eyes (crow’s feet) forehead and mouth. The pull of gravity also causes other muscles to sag, most noticeably in the jaw, cheeks, and neck region.
Recommended Treatments for Rejuvenation
Botox-injections that relax the muscles and firm skin for a smooth unwrinkled look.
Filler Injections- lift and plump up undesirable wrinkles with Juvederm or Radiesse to give you a more youthful appearance.
Topical Hyaluronic Acid-plumps and firms the skin.

Hair
Interspersed throughout these layers of skin are hair follicles, where their roots lie deep within the dermis. The aging process and fluctuation of hormones can influence the growth or thinning of hair.
Recommended Treatments for Rejuvenation
Laser Hair Removal-removes unwanted hair from all parts of the body.