Buckhead Office

3379 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500

Atlanta, GA 30326

Mon. - Fri.: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm

Roswell Office

11755 Pointe Place, Suite B-2

Roswell, GA 30076

Mon. - Fri.: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm

Skin Care for the Elderly

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Many changes occur as we age. Your skin is no different. These skin changes can be attributed to environmental factors, nutrition, genetics and others. Sun exposure, however, remains the most powerful factor in determining how our skin ages. When it comes to your skin as you get older, there is more to worry about than age spots, wrinkles and sagging.

It is highly important that senior adults receive proper skin care because they are more susceptible to certain skin conditions due to specific changes that take place as the skin ages. Senior adults can begin to experience skin problems ranging from itching, skin tags and dryness to more serious skin conditions such as infection and ulcerations. Here are some common examples of what happens to skin as you age:

  • Thin and Pale Skin: With aging, the outer skin layer thins. The actual number of pigment-containing cells decreases, but the ones that remain will increase in size. Therefore aging skin appears thinner as well as pale and translucent. Large pigmented spots, or age spots, may also appear in sun-exposed areas.
  • Loss of Elasticity: Changes in the connective tissue reduce the skin’s strength and elasticity. This process known as elastosis is again more prevalent in sun-exposed areas of the skin. It produces a leathery, weather-beaten appearance in your skin.
  • Bruising: The blood vessels of the dermis become more fragile in the elderly. This leads to easy bruising and senile purpura, which is areas of bleeding under the skin.
  • Dry Skin: Your sebaceous glands produce less oil as you age. Men are less affected compared to women. Women experience dry skin after menopause due to less production of oil.
  • Vulnerability: Because the subcutaneous fat layer thins, senior adults have less padding and insulation. Consequently, the risk of skin injury increases with age as well as the ability to maintain a normal body temperature.

Not all skin ages the same. For instance, blue-eyed, fair-skinned people show more aging skin changes than people with darker, more heavily pigmented skin. However, it is equally important that you take steps as a younger adult to protect your skin from skin problems later. Protecting yourself from sun exposure may be the single most important step you can take to prevent unwanted skin conditions, ranging from wrinkles to skin cancer. Olansky Dermatology Associates is committed to helping children as well as elderly patients with effective skin care treatments.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Jodi E. Ganz, Olansky Dermatology Associates

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Olansky Dermatology Associates – Atlanta Dermatologist
3379 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500 Atlanta, GA 30326
Phone: (404) 355-5484
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Buckhead Office

3379 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500

Atlanta, GA 30326

Roswell Office

11755 Pointe Place, Suite B-2

Roswell, GA 30076

Our Happy Patients

4.7/ 5.0

Based on 229 reviews

Jenny S.

The doctors and PA’s are great and very knowledgeable. I never have to wait to long and the office staff is always very nice. I also take my son there and they are great with him as well. I would highly recommend Olansky Dermatology.

Kristen R.

Olansky Dermatology is wonderful! Our whole family goes. My daughter has had terrible eczema through the years and both my kids had mollescum too. They always make things better and spend time explaining whats wrong and how to fix it.

Mike D.

I recently had a couple appointments at Olanksy Dermatology and was seen by Julia Lee. Julie was excellent and quickly took care of the issue I was having with my skin. I would highly recommend Olansky Dermatology and especially Julia Lee to anyone in need of a dermatologist.

Tamima D.

My husband is a patient of PA Sharon Doering I appreciate all she did for my spouse. She’s very down to earth & made him feel comfortable. Sharon communicated in a way that he can understand.
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Lisa H.

I see the physician assistant Sharon Doering and she has drastically improved my skin! I highly recommend this practice and their brilliant thourough doctors. I finally have glowing skin!

Betty G.

I have had excellent experience at Olansky Dermatology. Dr Burger is meticulous and thorough and has a most pleasant and calm manner. I have every confidence in her and this office.

Cheyenne G.

Very kind and understanding people. Dr. Bellamy and her nurse took the time to listen to all my concerns and never made me feel rushed.

Kishan P.

I was actually running a bit late, but they were very friendly and knowledgeable about what was going on with my skin. And also very timely.I will definitely stick with them!

Khol S.

Very professional and pleasant staff. When I arrived at my appointment this afternoon I was informed that my doctor called out sick and they tried calling to let me know but I just recently changed my number so they were unable to reach me. The receptionist was so sweet and helpful. Instead of leaving and making a new appointment they fit me in without an issue and without any waiting.

Susan H.

Dr. Ilyas was highly recommended to me so I decided to change dermatologists. I am so glad as I am pleased with his expertise and his highly professional manner. I am also delighted with Emily Raville, Aesthetician. She does a wonderful job and I am recommending her to my friends as well. I am completely satisfied – can’t get any better than that!

Lindsay S.

I have been going to Olansky Dematology for many years now, whether for a specific problem, or just for a really great deep facial, and I wouldn’t consider going anywhere else. Every single staff member is knowledgeable and professional. The customer service I receive every visit leaves a positive and lasting impression. I always feel comfortable and at ease while I am there. Great staff!

Janet R.

I seem to live at this place! Whether it’s for an appointment with a doctor or for an aesthetic treatment, I am there frequently. I cannot say enough good things. Efficient, friendly, the best doctors, and a new aesthetic center with the latest in procedures and products to keep us looking almost as young as we feel. It’s always fun to see Emily and she knows just what to recommend.