The dermis

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Your dermis gives your skin its structure.  It is a living layer of the skin, where we find fibroblast cells, blood vessels, nerves, sweat glands, sebaceous glands (oil-secreting glands), hair follicles & pigmentation deposits.  Your dermis is the part of your skin that makes it look plump, shiny & strong.

The fibroblast is probably the most important cell in your dermis, particularly when it comes to structure, strength & volume.  From the age of 25 our fibroblasts become lazy, producing less collagen & elastin over time so that we actually lose around 1% of our collagen each year.  This leads to thinner, weaker skin, that is prone to dryness, wrinkling and textural problems.

A compromised or weak dermis, with decreased fibroblast activity, will display one or more of the following:

  • wrinkles
  • scarring
  • thin skin
  • folds
  • elastosis
  • poikiloderma
  • broken capillaries (telangiectasia)
  • deep pigmentation
  • fine lines

How can you improve your dermis?

Modern science has found that the most simple way to stimulate & thereby improve your dermis, is to simulate an injury to it.  Your body perceives the injury, & this sets off a cascade of responses designed to repair it.  What we have discovered is that even the tiniest of injuries will stimulate an inflammatory response & will activate your fibroblasts to produce more collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid!

Dermal Microneedling, Radiofrequency & (some) Lasers work similarly in that they all create controlled micro-injuries to the dermis, stimulating the body to remove damaged tissue & replace it with new collagen, elastin & hyaluronic acid.  Your doctor or skin therapist will recommend one of these treatments by assessing the problem your dermis has as well as the tone & condition of your skin.

Since the dermis has a blood supply & nerves in it, these treatments can cause a bit of discomfort & bleeding.  Due to the “damage” these treatments intentionally create, your skin will be inflamed after these treatments, & you may experience a little bit of  downtime after them.  (To read more on what a Dermapen treatment feels like, click here)

To make an appointment for a skin assessment please call (021) 6833048 ext 1, or email Sally on sally@capeaesthetics.co.za

 

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