Month: January 2021

Crepey Skin? We’ve Got Solutions!

Crepey Skin Crepe paper is a necessity for that birthday party or other social gathering. Its wrinkled, thin appearance is something of a novelty when this paper is used for decoration. However, the crepey appearance that can occur on the skin is not novel whatsoever. It’s frustrating. Historically, crepey skin has been a challenge. Plastic surgery could improve the problem but not prevent a recurrence. Today, we have much more knowledge about what causes the problem. More importantly, we have more tools to help slow the thinning of the skin and also to correct crepey skin. In many cases, we can do this without plastic surgery.

Why We Get Crepey Skin

We often think of collagen as the protein for the skin (and hair and nails). However, that is just one of several. Collagen is the protein that supports suppleness and firmness. The skin also has to have some give to it; some stretch. This is sustained with elastin, which is also produced in the dermis. Finally, the skin is plumped with water molecules. These are naturally held in place with hyaluronic acid (the ingredient in many dermal fillers). All of these substances are depleted with age; not only because of age but as a result of sun exposure, nutrition, dehydration, and other factors.

Preventing and Treating Crepey Skin

It isn’t enough to wait for the skin to become crepey then treat it. We suggest implementing various strategies that will prevent the accelerated loss of collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid. Then, as needed, treatments can be performed to enhance the production of these chemicals. Prevention is as simple as good sun protection every day, even when it’s cloudy. Additionally, it is necessary to identify which products your skin needs. Professional and chemical-grade products affect cellular behavior and are more powerful than what you will find at the store. However, any serum and moisturizer are better than nothing. When you can, consult with a professional about your skincare needs.

If you are already noticing changes in the firmness and elasticity of your skin, contact our Cincinnati office. Skin tightening can be achieved nonsurgically in many cases. We are pleased to offer Plasma Pen treatments to rejuvenate areas in which the skin has become thin and loose. Additional options for supporting firm, resilient skin include microneedling, chemical peels, and laser treatments.

We can help you address crepey skin. Call 513.985.0850 to schedule your visit with Dr. Krummen.

Dermal Filler Options: Things You Need to Know

Dermal Fillers Dermal fillers fill an important role in the world of beauty. The more we have come to understand what contributes to youthful facial contours, and what depletes them, the more options we’ve seen developed. Fillers and other injectables have been some of the most popular treatments for well over a decade. We are pleased to offer options to help our patients achieve their desired outcome. Here, we discuss why those options are so valuable by comparing two products, Juvéderm and Sculptra.

About Juvéderm

When we refer to Juvéderm as just “Juvéderm,” we give the impression that it is a single product. It’s not. Juvéderm is a family of dermal fillers, each made with hyaluronic acid. Several types of Juvéderm exist because each has a particular particle size of hyaluronic acid to achieve specific consistency. Product density matters because the skin on various areas of the face is different. We needed a Juvéderm product that was soft and supple for the lips. We need one that is more structural to contour the cheeks. Some of the areas commonly treated with Juvéderm products include the jawline, lips, creases around the nose and mouth, cheeks, and under the eyes.

Juvéderm offers the benefit of immediate reward. As soon as the filler is introduced beneath the skin, it begins to bind to water molecules. The increase in water molecules plumps the skin to smooth wrinkles or build contours. Depending on the particle size used, Juvéderm may last from 3 months to 2 years.

About Sculptra

Sculptra is often called a dermal filler but it’s more than that. This product is made of particles of poly-L-lactic acid. It was first approved by the FDA to correct the facial atrophy that often affected HIV patients. Today, Sculptra is used to correct signs of aging that make the face look gaunt. Examples include deflated cheeks and narrowing at the temples. Sculptra does not fill in areas of deflation immediately, it works by stimulating an increase in collagen production. Collagen is a vital protein involved in supporting firm and supple skin. To achieve a sufficient level of collagen production, 2 to 3 Sculptra sessions are scheduled. The production that occurs after this series of injections can sustain a more youthful face for 2 years or longer.

Feel your best in the coming year and for many years ahead. Call 513.985.0850 to schedule your dermal filler consultation in our Cincinnati office.

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