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Mature Skin

Common Skin Issues and Conditions for Aging Skin

As you age, you may notice and feel changes with your skin – some that can be prevented or treated and some that can’t be avoided. But we’re here to help keep your skin healthy and looking it’s best. Some treatments may be considered cosmetic and not be covered by insurance.

Actinic Keratoses

These are red or brown scaly spots that if not treated, can possibly turn into squamous cell carcinoma (a type of skin cancer). Good news – when found early, it’s highly treatable. It can often be removed by freezing with liquid nitrogen, chemical peels, cutting out (curettage), photodynamic (light) therapy or laser resurfacing. A topical medication may also be prescribed for home use.

Age Spots

These are flat, brown spots found on the face, hands, back and feet, usually from sun exposure. Age spots are typically harmless, but they often resemble melanoma (the deadliest skin cancer). So it’s important to get them checked out by a board certified dermatologist. To remove age spots, a lightening product can be an option. Other options include laser therapy and chemical peels.

Skin Cancer

Skin cancer can occur at any age, but the risk does increase as you get older. If you notice any changes in your skin, including itching or bleeding, see a board certified dermatologist.

  • Basal cell carcinoma: This is the most common form of skin cancer that’s most common in older, fair-skinned people with blonde or red hair and blue or green eyes. This resembles a pinkish patch or dome-shaped growth. It grows slowly and rarely spreads. But if not treated, it can grow deeper and affect skin tissue and bone.
  • Squamous cell carcinoma: This often appears as rough or crusty bumps, red patches or sores that don’t heal or return. It can spread if left untreated.
  • Melanoma: This is the deadliest form of skin cancer that typically appears as new moles that itch or bleed. It can occur anywhere, but are most common on the back, torso, lower legs, head and neck. 
  • Treatment: Skin cancer is highly treatable when found early. Your dermatologist will determine the type of skin cancer, its size/location and your current health to identify the best treatment, whether surgical or other treatment options.

Seborrheic Keratoses

These spots are non-cancerous and range in color from white to black. They’re typically harmless and in most cases, don’t need treatment.

Shingles/Herpes Zoster

When the chickenpox virus reoccurs, it often creates this condition and results in a painful, blistering rash in certain areas of the body. Symptoms include burning, itching, tingling and sensitivity, as well as flu-like symptoms. Shingles can also cause other health issues like post-herpetic neuralgia.

Seborrheic Dermatitis 

This is a common condition that often occurs with aging. It causes a rash that’s scaly in appearance. The rash forms near oily skin, such as the scalp, eyelids, eyebrows, behind the ears and in the middle of the chest. It’s not curable, but can be helped with treatment. A topical corticosteroid or anti-fungal cream may be prescribed, as well as a medicated shampoo.

Cherry Angiomas

These small, red bumps result from dilated blood vessels and usually appear on the chest, back and waistline. These typically don’t require treatment, but cherry angiomas can be removed with a laser or electrodessication if they’re irritating.

Varicose Veins

These enlarged blue veins in the legs result when blood returning to the heart flows back into the veins through a faulty valve. Although possibly painful, this condition is rarely serious. To help with pain, avoid standing for long periods of time, keep your feet raised when sitting down and wear support hose or elastic bandages. For treatment, the most common route is sclerotherapy, which involves injecting a solution directly into the vein, destroying it. Other options are also available.

Varicose Ulcers

These are sores that appear on the legs or ankles, usually from a crack or cut on the skin not healing properly due to poor blood flow in the veins. This can develop into an ulcer, which is a shallow, infected wound. This can last for months or even years, and is often associated with smoking and disorders such as arteriosclerosis and high blood pressure. 

Bruising

Skin becomes thinner with age, so is more prone to bruising. This is due to the loss of fat and weakening of connective tissue around your blood vessels. Most bruises go away on their own, although healing may take longer as you age.

Wrinkles

Wrinkles are a common skin change that happens with aging. The fibers underneath your skin that provide structure begin to weaken and the skin also loses fat, which provides the smooth appearance of younger skin. This loss of structure and fat causes skin to fold and wrinkle. The amount of UV light (from sunlight or indoor tanning) you’re exposed to also affects the number of wrinkles on your skin. Genes and smoking history also contribute.

Sun Damage

Excessive or prolonged sun exposure through your life also has a big impact your skin. Studies have shown that daily use of sunscreen can slow the aging process of skin with middle-aged men and women. Even those with significant sun damage have shown skin improvements with daily sunscreen use. 

To help protect your skin from the sun:

  • Look for shade between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. when the sun’s rays are strongest. 
  • Wear a lightweight, long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.
  • Use sunscreen on all skin that clothing doesn’t cover. Use a waterproof sunscreen that offer broad-spectrum protection that’s an SPF 30 or higher.

Dry Skin

As skin ages, it loses some of its ability to retain moisture and dries out. This can cause itchy or flaky skin, especially in cold, dry or windy climates. Mature skin is also more sensitive to certain detergents, soaps and bleaches. If you have mildly dry skin, use a daily moisturizer after bathing. Moisturizers that have petrolatum, urea or ammonium lactate, and ceramides can help your skin hold water and reduce scaling.

Reducing the Appearance of Aging Skin


There’s no miracle cure that treats all signs of skin aging, but there are options that can help. Some over-the-counter products with the following ingredients can help:

  • Retinoids help stimulate collagen production and strengthen the structure of skin.
  • Antioxidants such as Vitamin C, Vitamin E and phloretin help prevent damage to the skin.
  • Hydroxy acids help exfoliate dead or damaged skin cells.
  • Peptides help with the turnover of aging skin cells.

In-office treatments are also available depending on your health, age, skin type and amount of UV damage. These include:

  • Soft-tissue fillers help reduce folds that occur from aging skin and volume loss.
  • Botulinum toxin reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles, especially on the forehead, around the eyes and between the eyebrows.
  • Chemical peels help remove the outer layers of skin and create new growth to improve skin texture, tone, lines and wrinkles.

Laser and light rejuvenation help treat uneven skin, tighten skin, remove unwanted hair, address pigment changes and improve skin texture.

Anti-inflammatory Medication

We recommend consulting a specialist to help determine if Anti-Inflammatory Medications are the best treatment option for you. Learn More

Antibiotics

Antibiotics are medicines used to stop infections created by the presence of bacteria. Learn More

Bellafill®

Bellafill is a dermal filler is used to replace lost volume and recreate the smooth, full appearance of skin when the body’s slowing collagen production leads to deep smile lines and wrinkles around the mouth or to improve the appearance of skin that has been scarred by acne.  Learn More

Biologic Injectables

Biologic injectables (Humira, Enbrel, Taltz, Stelara, Cosentyx) are biologics designed to be injected subcutaneously into the skin. Learn More

Biopsy

A biopsy works by taking a small sample of tissue from a suspect area in the body so that it can be tested under lab conditions for certain diseases and disorders. Learn More

Blue Light

Blue light is a popular therapy used for treating acne. Blue light kills off bacteria on the skin and in the oil glands that cause acne. Learn More

Botox

While produced by the microbe that causes botulism, Botox is safe for cosmetic use, especially in the upper parts of the face. Learn More

Brightening Peels

Brightening peels are chemical peels formulated to target pigmentation, including stubborn melasma and sunspots. Learn More

Canthacur

Canthacur is a substance applied topically to the skin that works as a vesicant, causing a blister to form on a growth. Learn More

Chemical Peels

A chemical peel works to hasten this process, revealing newer and healthier cells below the skin’s surface. Learn More

CoolSculpting®

CoolSculpting uses FDA-cleared, innovative technology which contours the body by freezing away unwanted body fat. Learn More

Corticosteroids

A corticosteroid works by suppressing the activity of the immune system and reducing the production of chemicals that create inflammation. Learn More

Customized Medical Facials

Our completely-customized facial treatments are designed to treat your skin care concerns. Learn More

Cyclosporine

Cyclosporine is used in a number of conditions where the immune system behaves erratically. Learn More

Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers work by imitating the hyaluronic acid that gives younger skin its fullness and buoyancy. Learn More

Dermapeel

DermaPeel is our signature aesthetic treatment, which combines a chemical and physical exfoliation. Learn More

Dermaplaning

Dermaplaning is a physical form of exfoliation which sloughs off dead skin cells on the surface and as an added bonus also removes most of the surface “peach fuzz.” Learn More

Dermoscopy

Dermoscopy is a technique for evaluating the subsurface of the skin and diagnosing affected areas and lesions. Learn More

Dupixent

Dupixent is a drug that when injected into the skin, works at blocking a specific protein known as an interleukin. Learn More

Dysport®

Dysport is a prescription injection proven to help smooth the appearance of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows and wrinkles without changing the look or movement of the rest of your face. Learn More

Excision

Excision is a minimally-invasive surgery technique used to remove moles, skin growths and lesions. Learn More

Facials

The classic facial is our take on the classic spa facial. This pampering treatment includes cleanse and steam. Learn More

Fluorouracil (5FU)

Fluorouracil works to slow this growth by killing off the fast-growing cells in the affected region of the skin. Learn More

Fraxel

A Fraxel laser is used primarily in the cosmetic treatment of the face. Learn More

HydraFacial MD®

The HydraFacial resurfacing procedure thoroughly cares for your skin, providing cleansing, exfoliation, extraction and hydration all while infusing antioxidants, peptides and hyaluronic acid into the skin. Learn More

Hydroquinone

Hydroquinone works to lighten the skin by reducing the number of melanocytes present. Learn More

Imiquimod

Imiquimod is a topical cream that stimulates the immune system. Learn More

Immune System Suppressants

An immune system suppressant, such as Imuran or CellCept, steps in to address this by suppressing the activity of the immune system and reducing the production of chemicals that create inflammation. Learn More

Infini Treatments

Infini treatments use a combination of micro needling and radiofrequency to energize and reinvigorate the skin. Learn More

Injectable Wrinkle Fillers and Relaxer

Injectable wrinkle fillers and relaxers are injected underneath the surface of the skin to either fill in wrinkles and furrows or relax particularly strong wrinkles and furrows. Learn More

Intralesional Injection

Intralesional injection is a process whereby a corticosteroid is injected directly into a skin lesion or irregular growth. Learn More

IPL

IPL is a light treatment used to affect and improve the appearance and condition of skin. IPL is different from a laser which uses only one wavelength of light. Learn More

Isolaz

Isolaz technology is an alternative that combines vacuum with a broadband light to address acne below the surface of the skin. Learn More

Jeuveau®

Jeuveau® is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and used in adults for a short period of time (temporary) to improve the look of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows. Learn More

Juvederm®

Juvederm is the brand name for a collection of dermal fillers that are used to improve the signs of aging. These fillers contain hyaluronic acid and has a smooth, gel-like consistency. Learn More

Kybella®

Kybella is a non-surgical intervention used to address this fat beneath the chin. Learn More

Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal utilizes specific wavelengths of light that are drawn to the pigment at the “root” or bulb of the hair. Learn More

Laser Resurfacing

Laser resurfacing is a dermatological procedure that uses lasers to smooth and refine the surface of the skin while also reinvigorating the layers of skin below. Learn More

Laser Tattoo Removal

Laser tattoo removal is a procedure that utilizes lasers that penetrate the skin and are able to permanently demolish the ink particles within the cells that give color to a tattoo and the body clears the ink slowly over time.  Learn More

Laser Therapy

Laser therapy is a dermatological procedure that uses lasers to smooth and refine the surface of the skin while also reinvigorating the layers of skin below. Learn More

Light Therapy

Originally developed for Navy seals to help wounds heal quicker, light therapy has been shown to be highly therapeutic for skin. Learn More

Liquid Nitrogen Cryotherapy

Liquid nitrogen cryotherapy works by freezing and destroying the cells in a skin growth or lesion. Learn More

Microderm

Microderm, also known as microdermabrasion, uses tiny crystals that are sprayed onto the skin to gently remove the outer layer of the epidermis. Learn More

Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion, also known as microderm, uses tiny crystals that are sprayed onto the skin to gently remove the outer layer of the epidermis. Learn More

MiraDry

Topical chemotherapy works by modifying the body’s immune response. Learn More

Mohs

Mohs, or Mohs surgery, is a surgical technique used to treat skin cancer through the removal of skin lesions and growths. Learn More

Mole and Skin Cancer Screening

A mole and skin cancer screening is a full body review of all present lesions. Recommended frequency will be discussed based on your individual cancer risk. Learn More

Narrowband UVB

Narrowband UVB is a form of phototherapy widely used to treat skin diseases. Learn More

Neoral

Neoral, also known as cyclosporine, is in the class of drugs known as immunosuppressants. Learn More

Non-Surgical PRP Hair Restoration

PRP (platelet-rich plasma) is a high concentration of platelets surrounded in its own plasma. Learn More

Oral and Topical Medications

Dermatologists are experts in bacterial, viral and fungal infections in the skin and have a deep knowledge of how to best use antibiotics, antiviral and antifungal medications. Learn More

Otezla

Otezla is a prescription pharmaceutical that regulates inflammation within the cells of the body or the skin. Learn More

Patch Testing TRUE-Test

The TRUE test, also known as patch testing, is a quick and easy way to check for and diagnose allergic contact dermatitis in patients. Learn More

PDL

PDL, or pulse dye laser, is a laser treatment used in dermatology to treat blood vessels in the skin. Learn More

PHAROS Excimer Laser

PHAROS laser treatment uses a carefully-focused beam of light that is delivered to the skin through a highly-sophisticated fiber optic device. Learn More

Photo Rejuvenation

Photofacials use IPL light treatment to affect and improve the appearance and condition of skin. Learn More

Photodynamic Therapy

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Photofacials

Photofacials use IPL light treatment to affect and improve the appearance and condition of skin. Learn More

Photofacials Photo Rejuvenation

Photofacials use IPL light treatment to affect and improve the appearance and condition of skin. Learn More

PRP

PRP, also known as platelet rich plasma, is a treatment used as a dermatological remedy on the face. Learn More

PRP Infraorbital Treatment

PRP, also known as platelet rich plasma, is a treatment used as a dermatological remedy on the face. Learn More

PUVA

PUVA is a treatment for the skin that combines ultraviolet light and specific medications. Learn More

Radiesse®

Radiesse is an injectable dermal filler used to plump the skin. When age or scarring causes fine lines, wrinkles or sagging, this filler can be injected below the skin to restore volume and smooth, youthful fullness. Learn More

Restylane®

Restylane is a type of dermal filler composed of hyaluronic acid. Each injectable in this product line is designed to meet a specific skin need and can be used to soften and smooth wrinkles and add volume to your lips and cheeks, and target lines around your mouth. Learn More

RHA® Collection Filler

RHA fillers are the only FDA-approved hyaluronic acid fillers for dynamic wrinkles and folds. Learn More

Scar Removal

Scar removal, sometimes referred to as surgical revision, is a treatment option for those who wish to reverse the appearance of scars on the body. Learn More

Sclerotherapy

Spider veins can be a frustrating vascular condition while varicose veins can become swollen and even painful. Learn More

Sculptra®

Sculptra is an FDA-approved synthetic injectable used to correct shallow to deep facial wrinkles and folds. It’s also a collagen stimulator that helps revitalize your body’s own collagen production. Learn More

Skin Resurfacing + Micro-Needling

Fractionated laser resurfacing and microneedling are used to decrease the appearance of sun damage, fine lines, wrinkles, and acne scarring. Learn More

Skin Tightening Treatment

Skin laxity and the loosening of the structure of the skin on the face is one of the most frustrating parts of aging for many individuals. Learn More

Skin Tightening Treatments

Skin tightening procedures use targeted energy to heat the layers of the skin below the epidermis. Learn More

Stem Cell Recruitment Therapy with DermaFlo™

Stem Cell Recruitment Therapy with DermaFlo™ is safe and effective, helping the body boost its ability to heal itself. Learn More

Sunetics Hair Growth Laser

The Sunetics laser is a safe and effective hair growth treatment option. Learn More

Surgical Removal Excursion

Surgical removal excursion is a minor surgical procedure used in the treatment of lower risk skin cancers. Learn More

Surgical Revision

Surgical revision is a treatment option for those who wish to reverse the appearance of scars on the body. Learn More

TCA Peels

A TCA peel works to hasten this process, revealing newer and healthier cells below the skin’s surface. Learn More

Thermage Laser

The Thermage® system is a non-invasive radiofrequency (RF) therapy that can help smooth, tighten and contour skin for an overall younger-looking appearance. Learn More

Thread Lift

A thread lift is a non-surgical facelift and skin rejuvenation procedure using absorbable sutures/stitches called polydioxanone (PDO) threads. Learn More

Topical Chemotherapy

Topical chemotherapy works by modifying the body’s immune response. Learn More

Tretinoin

A derivative of vitamin A, Tretinoin is a topical retinoid solution that works by irritating the cells of the skin to stimulate growth and increase the turnover and shedding of old, dead cells in the skin. Learn More

Vbeam® Laser

The Vbeam® laser is a world renowned, easy to use pulsed dye laser recognized as the gold standard technology for the treatment of vascular lesions. Learn More

Visia Analysis

Utilizing the Visia skin complexion analysis system, we are able to provide an objective and quantitative assessment of your skin health. Learn More

Waxing

Waxing is a method of removing unwanted hair on your body. It is an efficient and effective treatment. Learn More

Wrinkle Relaxers

Wrinkle Relaxers, such as Botox® Cosmetic and Dysport®, are prescription medications that are injected into muscles of expression. Learn More

Xeomin®

Xeomin® (incobotulinumtoxinA), is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to improve wrinkles and frown lines between the eyebrows.  Learn More

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