Recent advances enable dermatologic surgeons to treat a variety of childhood and adult skin conditions that previously could not be corrected or required invasive procedures and a long recovery period.
While dermatologists can now prevent, maintain and even restore a youthful appearance to men and women of nearly all ages, it's important to remember that healthy skin and good skin care habits begin in childhood and can help in the development of self-confidence and positive self-esteem.
Skin problems can and often do appear at birth or early childhood. Congenital skin lesions, vascular birthmarks and moles may all be present in newborn babies and can be treated. Judicious use of medicine and surgery can yield dramatic, positive results in infants and children, precluding a lifetime of deformity and psychological distress.
The number one skin problem encountered by adolescents is acne. While virtually every teenager suffers through pimples and mild acne, more severe cases can cause major physical and emotional scarring. The good news is that there are numerous treatment options now available to treat acne scarring.
Even as you move into the full bloom of life, the first few signs of aging can begin to appear in this decade. Also, as adulthood begins, many individuals find themselves still dealing with some of the aftermath of adolescence, particularly in terms of acne scarring and unwanted, excess hair. This is also the time to think about wrinkle prevention!
Though still relatively minor, the passage of time will invariably begin to appear during this decade. Damage due to sun exposure, a few bulges around the belly or thighs, some lines on the forehead or around the eyes and mouth, and a growing number of facial veins and varicose or spider leg veins are likely to occur. At this stage, however, a prompt response to any skin change will almost always lead to a successful outcome.
They say life begins at 40. They ought to add that the signs of aging really begin at 40! However, this is no reason for you to succumb. People in this age group are more healthy, vital, active and downright youthful than ever before. Aggressive responses to sun-damaged skin and aesthetic blemishes can keep your face and body looking as healthy and young as you feel on the inside.
Reaching age 55 usually means decades of good, healthy living ahead of you. Diet, exercise and annual check-ups can help take care of you on the inside, and your dermatologic surgeon can help take care of you on the outside.