Bioengineering Methods and Skin Aging

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Abstract

During the last decade, skin aging has become an area of increasing research interest, because of the prolongation of life span in modern society.

Skin aging is an uneven process characterized by epidermal and dermal disorders, accompanied by many clinical signs, such as skin dryness, color changes, loss of elasticity, wrinkles, and risk of developing skin cancers. The elderly appearance of the skin depends on a combination of intrinsic or chronological aging, modulated by genetically predisposing factors, and extrinsic aging or photoaging, due to environmental factors, mainly UV exposure, and also wind, relative humidity, pollution, and so on. The effects of the UV radiations on sun-exposed sites are superimposed on the morphological, biochemical, and functional changes occurring with aging, making distinction between the two phenomena hard.

Keywords

Skin Thickness Facial Skin Hormonal Replacement Therapy Skin Site Skin Aging 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of DermatologyUniversity of Modena and Reggio EmiliaModenaItaly

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