The Skin as a Garment:

 The largest organ of the body is the skin. It prevents loss of fluids, keeps dirt and pathogens out, keeps nutrients in the body, controls body temperature, insulates, collects sensory information, protects underlying tissues, aids in vitamin D production, expels oils and sweat.

 Uniquely the skin drapes the whole body. It is the original “suit” we will own all our life. As a new “suit” the skin has lots of elasticity and will return to its position when pulled gently. At first this “birthday suit” lacks blemishes associated with aging.

As this biological garment ages, the skin is injured, scarred, damaged, discolored, wrinkled or stretched. Unfortunately the skin cannot be changed as easily as changing a garment. The best we may do is decrease the wrinkles, sagging, and stretching; remove the spots; revise the scars; and improve the blemishes.

The less the skin is impacted with aging effects the more youthful the person will look. Our culture seems to emphasize youthfulness, anti-aging options, and maintaining youth. As a result caring for you skin and being a good steward of what you have been given is a good habit. An example is, eliminating the premature aging effects of cigarette smoking or using sunscreen to protect from ultraviolet light damage.

Since it is inevitable the skin will be affected negatively with age Dr. Hobbs has some anti-aging possibilities for your skin. These include Botox injections, Juvederm, microdermabrasion, medical grade chemical peels, facials, skin care products, facelift, neck lift, blepharoplasty, scar revision, liposuction, fat grafting, and breast surgery.

Call Dr. Hobbs office to explore the many options for improving your skin’s youthfulness.