Taking care of your skin is important. If you don’t take the time to do it while you are young, then you may have to reap the consequences. Dr. Briggs Cook works hard to help your skin look younger and vibrant, but how much do you know about the skin you’re in?
About Your Skin
Dr. Briggs Cook explains that the skin is the body's largest organ, and is divided into 3 layers: the epidermis, the dermis, and the hypodermis (also known as the subcutis).
The epidermis is the outermost layer of skin and contains regenerative layers of skin cells. Dr. Briggs Cook goes on to explain that the dermis is the next layer and contains connective tissue (i.e. collagen) and other fibers that give the skin strength and elasticity. The deepest layer, known as the hypodermis, is composed primarily of fat. The subcutis, or hypodermis, supports blood vessels and nerve fibers that feed the overlying dermis and epidermis.
Dr. Briggs Cook has found that as skin ages, the supportive components of the skin are gradually destroyed. For example, elastic fibers in the dermis break down and are permanently lost. Collagen fibers degrade and undergo chemical modifications that destroy their function. There is also gradual loss of hyaluronic acid, a substance that maintains the texture in the skin. Thus, the skin becomes stiffer, thinner, and sags. In addition, wrinkles also appear over facial muscles as they stiffen with age. Thus, areas subjected to repeated movements with facial expression, such as the forehead, and around the eyes and lips, become wrinkled. Finally, the normal healing processes and cellular repair are gradually diminished; leaving older skin less resilient to environmental insults. That’s why some people turn to cosmetic procedures. Dr. Briggs Cook can help you look years younger after you get those unattractive skin problems. Excessive sun exposure (including tanning beds) and smoking can greatly accelerate the aging process, so Dr. Briggs Cook suggests you stay away from both.
The classification of wrinkles is based on how deep into the skin the wrinkles extend. Dr. Briggs Cook has noticed that fine lines are the result of changes in the upper dermis and may appear “etched” in the skin. Medium wrinkles reach the mid-dermis, and deep wrinkles (also known as furrows or folds) reach the deep dermis and subcutis. Dr. Briggs Cook sees that wrinkles, for some, are unattractive but can be temporarily taken care of.
While we cannot reverse every possible cause of wrinkling, there are steps we can take to minimize the aging process:
Avoid excessive sun exposure, including sun lamps and tanning beds. Ultraviolet exposure is greatest between 10am and 4pm. Dr. Briggs Cook suggests the you use sunscreens in combination with other sun-protective measures.
Quit Smoking. Smoking not only increases perioral wrinkles (wrinkling around the mouth) but also places you at a higher risk for skin cancer.
Lead a healthy lifestyle. Dr. Briggs Cook notes that this includes a balanced healthy diet, daily exercise, and stress reduction.
Daily skin care should consist of mild cleansing of the face daily, an application of a moisturizer, and daily sunscreen use.
Dr. Briggs Cook can help you look years younger with the quick mini facelift! Contact Dr. Briggs Cook now for a consultation.
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Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Briggs E. Cook, Jr. is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, the North Carolina facial plastic surgeon has over 10 years experience as a leader in Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery. He is the founder and director of The Skin Center of North Carolina, a facility that is devoted exclusively to surgical and non-surgical facelifts, with locations in Charlotte, Winston-Salem and Huntersville (Lake Norman), North Carolina (NC).