TOP 5 THINGS ABOUT ASIAN SKIN
- Asian skin is different to Caucasian skin and experience is needed in treating Asian skin to achieve the best results
- Asian skin is very prone to acne as it has larger sebaceous glands and a thicker surface layer of skin
- Asian skin responds differently to trauma with higher rates of inflammatory pigmentation and higher rates of scarring
- Asian skin is very prone to pigmentation from sun exposure and particularly Asians exposed to the Australian climate.
- Asian skin ages differently with less wrinkling and sagging and often much lower doses of wrinkle injections and dermal fillers are needed
TREATING ASIAN SKIN
At the Cosmetic and Laser Medical Centre we have been established for over 20 years during which time we developed a lot of experience treating patients with an Asian background. The type of treatments requested, the realistic expectations and the choice of the most effective options are often very different to Caucasian patients.
WHAT ARE THE COMMONEST ASIAN SKIN PROBLEMS ?
ACNE: In younger Asian patients acne is a very common concern as genetically the greater number of oil (sebaceous) glands and thicker surface layer of skin (epidermis) predispose to high rates of Acne. This is further magnified with the typical Western diet of high sugar and processed foods.
SCARRING: Acne can frequently progress to scarring in Asian skin which makes early and effective treatment even more critical. Once acne scarring has occurred treatments such as the INFINI which combines fractional microneedling with radiofrequency energy can produce significant improvement.
PIGMENTATION: Uneven pigmentation is a very common concern in Asian skin whilst skin redness is usually not a problem. The treatment of pigmentation will vary with the cause, whether it is discrete patches or diffuse, the depth of the pigment and skin sensitivity. Topical prescription creams may be all that is required or laser treatments such as the FRAXEL 1927 or picotoning with the PICOSURE laser can be very effective.
WRINKLING: Asian skin like all skin ages but the rate and areas of concern are typically quite different to Caucasian skin. Fortunately often much lower doses of wrinkle injections and dermal fillers are needed. The eye area is a common concern for many Asians and treating crow’s feet on the sides of the eye and improving dark circles and lines under the eye are frequently requested procedures.
WHAT ABOUT FACIAL SHAPE?
A particular concern for many patients from an Asian background is the shape of their face. Having a bulky muscle mass at the angle of the jaw is frequently perceived as unsightly. Fortunately this can be improved non surgically by the use of the same product used to treat wrinkles. It works by reducing the bulk of the masseter muscle which results in a reduction in the squareness of the jaw and creates a gentler more round facial shape. There is no downtime with this procedure and it involves 4-5 injections on each side, is not painful and takes only 15 minutes. It does usually need to be repeated every 4-6 months. It is also very effective in reducing teeth grinding.