Crepey skin is sometimes referred to as “elephant skin” because of its crepe-like, crinkly texture. It’s the thinning of the dermis and epidermis that make skin take on a thin, crinkly texture. Crepey skin on the face looks very similar to the skin on your elbows. You might find this a little scary, but with today’s treatments and technologies, there are ways to minimize and treat this condition. Crepey skin is commonplace on the face, neck (décolleté), arms and hands. Age is not the sole culprit in the cause of crepey skin. Sudden changes in weight, sun exposure, smoking, side-sleeping and gravity can contribute to crepey skin.
Crepey skin develops as the body slows down the production of elastin and collagen leading to skin laxity. Wrinkles are no longer able to stretch and contract and begin to sag. Because the body is not producing as much oil and new skin cells as it once did, the skin begins to feel drier, resulting in crepey skin. Many people get stuck in the same beauty regimen they did when they were in their 20’s, but aging skin requires change to enhance and improve your texture and tone.
Most of us would love to lose some fat, but when it is a result of age, it can make the skin sag and look crepey and wrinkled especially in the face. The good news is dermal fillers can help plump the skin texture.
The more aggressive treatment for crepey skin is CO2 laser resurfacing. Nd:YAG, ReFirme, or microneedling are less aggressive options. Any of these treatments may be combined with fillers and botox. Sometimes using a combination of treatments can enhance the results even more. Other less aggressive treatments such as microdermabrasion, anti-aging facials, and topical products can also help turn back crepey skin. Schedule a free consultation today to learn more about fine lines, crepey skin and wrinkles.