I recently had a client who asked me about the layers of the skin. It was a great question, and a basic understanding of the layers helps you understand what various treatments can do.
In general, the skin has three layers. The outer most of these layers is known as the epidermis. (The epidermis contains 5 layers itself!) For our purposes though, it represents a superficial layer, which contains old, dead skin cells at the very surface. Aesthetic treatments such as Microdermabrasion or MicroLaserPeal, removes the old skin cells and stimulates new cell production. Additionally, the epidermis contains melanocyte cells. These cells are responsible for giving the skin its characteristic color. Treatments such as Broad Band Light reduce areas of age spots, sun damage and melasma making the skin more luminous.
The second layer is known as the dermis. Collagen fiber in this layer adds strength and support to the skin. This layer of skin improves and tightens with the Sciton Profractional laser or the Fraxel Repair laser. Additionally, dermal fillers such as Radiesse, Restylane, Juvederm, and Belotero may be used in this layer to hide lines and wrinkles.
The hypodermis is the third layer of skin. It contains a layer of fat and connective tissue, and this layer helps maintain the body’s temperature. This layer may be enhanced with specific dermal fillers to restore age related volume loss. A common example is to use Sculptra Aesthetic to build up lost cheek volume resulting in a lift to the mid-face.
There you have the 3 layers of the skin. To find out how to get yours looking the best it can, visit our office for a free consultation. 410-544-4600.