As the abdomen ages, the following main changes will occur:
- Pigmentation / sun damage
- Aging of Skin
- Lumps and Bumps Appear
- Abdominal fat may become a problem
- Stretch marks and loose skin
So the back first need to be assessed to work out which changes are most important to treat.
Pigmentation / sun damage
As we age, especially those with lighter skin tones, we get more sun damage on our abdomen. We get more freckles, solar lentigos and background actinic damage.
These problems are best treated with laser / IPL to improve mainly the colour, but also the texture.
Prevention of these problems is important, with sun avoidance and sunscreen. This can be challenging in the Australian climate
Abdominal skin aging
Abdominal skin goes through the normal process of skin aging, where the skin thins and becomes less elastic. The texture becomes less smooth, with more fine lines and wrinkles. These issues may be treated with skin boosters, PRP or with fractional laser.
Lumps and bumps on the abdomen
As we age, more lumps and bumps occur on the back. We become less smooth. Seborrhoeic keratoses (old age/senile warts) become common on the abdomen. These are easily treated with single spot erbium laser. Abdomen skin can be made completely smooth again
Liposuction may be required
Sagging abdominal skin
Will require a tummy tuck
Will need to be cut out (eg in a tummy tuck)
Or improved by fractional laser and or Skinbooster