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Pigmentation
Hyperpigmentation is the darkening of an area of the skin caused by the overproduction of melanin. It is relatively common and usually harmless, but for cosmetic reasons, it is a nuisance to those who have it.

Hypopigmentation is the absence of normal amounts of melanin (the chemical that gives skin its color) caused by disease, injury, burns or other trauma to the skin

Fine Lines and Wrinkles
Creases. Furrows. Crevices. Cracks. No matter what you call them, the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles are a natural part of the aging process. As we get older, our skin becomes thinner and less supple, and its ability to protect itself from damage is also diminished. From smoking to sun exposure and even smiling, there are many possible causes of wrinkles.

Skin Laxity
With time the skin seems to become looser. This happens for a number of reasons. One is due to the effect of environmental stress on elastin and collagen in the skin. Environmental stress can be sun, pollution, diet and even just plain stress. Gravity plays a major roll over time. The face will show some “jowling” as early as the 30′s. Puffiness and bags under the eyes can also be due in part to skin laxity.

Sun Damage
Sun exposure is the major cause of damage to your skin. In the short term, too much sun will cause a burn, sunburn, and in the longer term, chronic exposure to the sun will cause photo-aging (“photo” – sunlight; “aging” – deterioration). Sun damage effects may appear as long as 20 to 30 years after sun damage first occurs. It is not uncommon to see signs of early to moderate photo-aging (brown spots, dryness, wrinkles) in your 40′s — even if you used sunscreen in recent years.

Age Spots
Age spots are flat tan, brown or black spots. They vary in size and usually appear on the face, hands, shoulders and arms — areas most exposed to the sun. Age spots are very common in adults older than age 50. But, younger people can get them too, especially if they spend a lot of time in the sun.

Cystic Acne
Cystic Acne happens when a pore in the skin gets clogged, usually with dead skin cells. Sometimes bacteria get trapped inside the pore, too, causing the area to become red and swollen. Cystic acne happens when this infection goes deep into your skin, creating a red, tender bump that’s full of pus. It may hurt or itch. If a cyst bursts, the infection can spread, causing more breakouts. Hormones called androgens play a part in causing cystic acne especially in teenagers. In women, hormone changes can be brought on by menstrual cycles, pregnancy, menopause, or a condition called polycystic ovary syndrome.

Acne Scarring
Acne scars result from inflamed blemishes caused by skin pores filled with excess oil, dead skin cells and bacteria. The pore swells, causing a break in the follicle wall. Shallow lesions are usually minor and heal quickly. But if there is a deep break in the wall of the pore, infected material can spill out into surrounding tissue, creating deeper lesions. The skin attempts to repair these lesions by forming new collagen fibers. These repairs usually aren’t as smooth and flawless as the original skin.

Mask of Pregnancy
Also known as Melasma is a tan or dark skin discoloration. Although it can affect anyone, melasma is particularly common in women, especially pregnant women and those who are taking oral or patch contraceptives or hormone replacement therapy (HRT) medications. Melasma is often found in patches on the upper cheek, nose, lips, upper lip, and forehead.

Body Sculpting
Body Sculpting is the art of removing unwanted deposits of fat that are usually resistant to exercise or that bulge out in specific areas. Thanks to Body Sculpting, there are easier ways to discretely suction and remove the fat with faster recovery and better results.

Hair Loss
Baldness in men occurs when the hair follicle shrinks over time, resulting in shorter and finer hair. The end result is a very small follicle with no hair inside. Ordinarily, hair should grow back. However, in men who are balding, the follicle fails to grow a new hair. Hair Loss in men is mainly due to genes and male sex hormones. Androgenic Alopecia in women is the diagnosis of Female Pattern Hair loss. Most women associate this hair loss with post-menopausal changes, but it can happen at any time, even starting as early as a woman’s late teens and twenties.

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