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Healthy, young skin gets its elasticity and smooth texture from the process of exfoliation. This is your skin’s natural way of replacing old skin cells with younger, healthier ones. At the same time, exfoliation also stimulates new collagen production in the deeper layers of the dermis. As you age, these natural processes start to slow, causing wrinkles and saggy skin on the face and hands.

Here at Charles V. Pledger, MD, your cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Charles V. Pledger, can provide you with high-quality retinol and prescription-strength Retin-A skin care products. This encourages the natural process of exfoliation where you skin turns over old cells to replace them with new ones. This also encourages collagen formation in the deeper layers of the dermis.

The first step in counteracting the effects of skin aging starts with the use of a quality skin cream formulated with retinol. This can often combat minor skin-aging effects. If you’re not satisfied with your results from a retinol cream, your cosmetic surgeon might suggest a prescription Retin-A fortified skin cream. Retin-A can sometimes lead to skin dryness so it needs to be prescribed and periodically monitored.

A microdermabrasion treatment involves using a cylindrical glass wand with aluminum oxide crystals to hyper-stimulate exfoliation and open pores. This also has the added benefit of clearing chronic acne problems.

If you are struggling with noticeable signs of skin aging in Provo, Utah, you should call 801-373-4300 to set up a consultation appointment at Charles V. Pledger, MD.