Stopping the Aging

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Running head: STOPPING THE AGING PROCESS 1 Stopping the Aging Process Joann E. Myers COM 150 August 7, 2011 Alain De La Brousse
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STOPPING THE AGING PROCESS 2 Abstract Facial aging can be a symbol of maturity and wisdom for some, while others view it as the signal to the end of eternal youth. Dermabrasion techniques was developed in the mid-1950s; more recently, newly invented carbon dioxide medical lasers, which are usually equipped with a computer-controlled device that delivers laser energy, have been used to resurface aging skin. A basic understanding of the layers and function of skin, different types of treatment options, potential outcomes will be discussed and operative procedures; all which can help stop the signs of aging.
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STOPPING THE AGING PROCESS 3 Stopping the Aging Process While some may view the aging process as a sign of beauty as well as a rite of passage, there will always be some who will go to extreme measures to stop, or erase the aging process. From as far back at Ancient Egyptian times when Cleopatra was rumored to bathe in milk to rejuvenate her skin, to modern times where there are plastic surgeons offering the latest in Botox injections and face lifts. During the 19 th and 20 th Centuries, physicians have incorporated such cosmetic recipes into the practices of dermatology and plastic surgery, developing a treatment known as “chemexfoliation” or “chemical peel.” Squamous epithelial cells-which form the epidermis; outer layer of skin, as stratified squamous epithelium- differentiate as they move from the basal layer (stratum germinativum) to the outermost layer (stratum corneum). They function with lipids in a brick-and-mortar fashion, forming a physical barrier to the external environment. Melanocytes, also found in the epidermis, produce melanin (pigment): Hyperpigmentation is seen when melanocytes increase in numbers or activity. The dermis (the layer of the skin directly under the epidermis) consists mostly of fibrous connective tissue, which is composed of collagen, elastic, and glycosaminoglycan’s (GAGs) which are formed by the dermal fibroblasts. Collagen provides tensile strength; resiliency is provided by the elastin, and the GAGs provide the normal tension of the extracellular space (by their large volume when well-hydrated). Hair follicles, eccrine, sebaceous glands, peripheral-nerve endings, and blood vessels are also found in the dermis (Fuller, 2011)
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STOPPING THE AGING PROCESS 4 Two factors, in addition to genetics, cause the skin to age: Inherent aging; consisting of the clinical, histological, and physiological changes that occur with the passing of time, and actinic radiation, which causes photo aged skin. Inherent aging leads to a loss of elasticity; usually referred to as wrinkling; however, photo aged skin also displays a wrinkled appearance. Chronological aging displays epidermal thinning, which is likely caused
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This note was uploaded on 11/26/2011 for the course HCA 220 taught by Professor James during the Spring '08 term at University of Phoenix.

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