Skin Elasticity Testing
As our body’s largest organ, our skin needs to be protected and nourished to protect the skin from everyday wear and tear and assist in combating environmental stresses such as pollution, sun and wind, exposure, lack of sleep, poor diet choices and work or lifestyle pressures
Intrinsic skin aging, the loss of elasticity and fine wrinkling that occur in areas of your body that receive relatively little sunshine, correlates very closely with age.
To measure intrinsic skin aging, we use a Cutometer, an instrument that has been validated in hundreds of studies of skin aging over the past 25 years. It works by applying a sequence of precise and gentle suctions to a small area of skin and then measuring with an optical sensor how much the top two layers of your skin move. The movement is very slight—only 0.2-0.5 mm—much less than the amount skin moves when doing a “pinch test”. The result is reported as skin elasticity percent- the extent to which your skin returns to its original position after being stretched and released. With young adults, the average skin elasticity is almost 90%; and with each passing year the average person loses about 1%- leaving the average 80 year old with about 35% elasticity.
Skin elasticity has been correlated with bone density and has shown to be improved by hormone balancing and other cosmetic treatments that stimulate collagen production.
Skin Elasticity Test is provided as part of our Elite Health Evaluation and PhysioAge Assessment.