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Section: Asian Skin and Hair Treatments

Skin Treatment Overview

More than a simple covering, the skin is the largest organ of the human body and is responsible for regulating body temperature, producing vitamin D, and protecting from fluid loss, infectious organisms, ultraviolet radiation, and contact injury. The skin also contains a vast network of nerves that allow recognition of pain, temperature, pressure, and pleasure.

Asian skin had has different tones and textures compared to non-Asian skin and requires different care. Natural tones vary from lighter in the northern countries to much darker in the south. Young Asian skin tends to be relatively thick and smooth with a slight yellow underdone. It is more sensitive to irritation, more prone to acne and hormonal change, and exhibits delayed and more noticeable reaction to even simple cuts.

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On the other hand, Asian skin is slower to show aging changes and wrinkling, is less likely to burn or develop skin cancer, and generally looks younger for at least ten years longer than non-Asian or Occidental skin.

With passing years, sun-damaged Asian skin can discolor and age to a heightened degree due to its higher pigmentary content and increased loss of subcutaneous fat.

The appearance and darkening of brown age spots can be lessened by limiting exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays.

Good general skin care advice incorporates common sense measures:

Eat a healthy diet emphasizing fresh fruits and vegetables.

Drink plenty of water to ensure good skin hydration.

Use a water-based moisturizer.

Apply daily sun protection (sunblock lotions and protective clothing) that shield against both UV-A and UV-B.

Occasionally exfoliate away dead surface cells with facial scrubs or mild spa-level treatments, and

Avoid smoking, the "kiss-of-death" to preserving skin luminosity and delicacy.

Once damage from sun, trauma, or aging have appeared, it's too late for prevention, and medical treatments ranging from the non-invasive to the minimally-invasive to the ablative may be indicated.

Due to the structure of Asian skin, such care is often different than that used in the non-Asian patient.


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Skin and Hair Medical Treatment Overview
Introduction to Asian skin physiology and general care guidelines

Asian Skin Anatomy and Healing
Overview of skin structure and why Asian skin ages and heals differently

Sun Damage and Sunscreens
Selecting sun protection lotions, creams, and gels that actually work

Bleaching to Whiten Skin Color
Effective and safer lightening options for sensitive Asian skin

Laser Resurfacing & Chemical Peel
Issues relating to resurfacing procedures on darker Asian skin

Radio-Frequency Plasma Resurfacing
Deeper skin resurfacing with "cold" RF energy to lessen pigmentary risks

Non-Invasive Treatments
Spa-level treatments such as IPL, weak lasers, microdermabrasion, and more

Restylane, Juvederm, BOTOX ®
Injectable pharmaceuticals to modulate skin and muscle appearance and movement

Scalp, Face & Body Hair Transplants
Special issues related to Asian hair replacement on the scalp and body

Asian Skin and Scarring
Prevention of keloids and hypertrophic scarring in Asian skin

Tattoos and Laser Removal
Tattoo removal using the Q-switched laser to minimize scarring and skin pigment damage

Laser Hair Removal from Asian Skin
Removing unwanted hair from the face, neck, underarms, legs, and other areas



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