The ARGERA Centre, brings another first to Perth. This time it's the latest advance in science with DNA testing of a patient's skin type to see which treatments, skin care and supplements will best suit their unique dermatological make up. This will literally save the patient money and disappointments as they can tailor their anti-aging regime to achieve maximal results.
We all know that DNA is the instruction manual that codes for all living things and that it exists in all cells. Every person’s unique DNA is held within their genes. Humans have more than 20,000 genes. Genes tell cells how to behave and what traits to express. Genes come under the control of regulators which actually switch them off and on. In nature 99.8% of our DNA is identical to our fellow humans but as cells divide, sometimes the DNA is not copied properly. This “mistake’ results in a new DNA sequence, which we call a single nucleotide polymorphism, or SNP (pronounced snips). When a SNP creates a new trait we develop our uniqueness. These new traits can affect appearance, disease susceptibility and response to environmental factors including chemicals and pharmaceuticals. Evolutionally some SNPs give advantages in nature making the individual more suited to its environment. These traits get passed on to offspring e.g. those living in sunny climates had a genetic variation causing darker skin which meant they were less likely to burn and get skin cancers. In fact our genes are always in competition with the environment. Food, pollution, the sun, smoking, skincare and supplements all have an effect on how our genes express themselves. By knowing what type of genes you carry, you can determine how well you will age and take preventative strategies where your genetic risk is high.
So what does SkinDNA® test tell us? This test looks 16 SNPs over 5 categories of aging. Category 1 relates to skin firmness, elasticity and the way we make and breakdown collagen. It thus will indicate if a patient is at risk of saggy or, wrinkly skin at an early age. Category 2 determines whether collagen and elastin fibres are at a higher risk of binding to excess body glucose. If this occurs these fibres become stiff and less able to rejuvenate resulting again in lax, wrinkly skin. Category 3 looks at the skin’s natural defenses against UV light. Since 90% of damage to skin comes from UV radiation exposure, knowing this category will determine if photo aging will play a major role in premature skin degeneration. Category 4 is about free radical damage and whether the skin has the natural ability to fight such damage. It is a sign of the body’s own anti-oxidant properties. Damage caused by free radicals includes discoloration, dull, lifeless and uneven skin tone. Category 5 relates to sensitivity and inflammation, which is a reflection of the skins ability to fight infection and heal. People having a high risk in this category often experience, sensitivity, redness, allergies and dermatitis The SkinDNA® test thus provides a lot of valuable information that is unique to every patient which makes it a worthwhile weapon in our fight against aging.
ARGERA’s clinical staff will administer the painless and blood free test, send it off for analysis and once back our expert doctor can best advise. This amazing technology is one of the latest in the evolution of modern cosmetic medicine.
SkinDNA® is for any patient truly interested in maintaining their appearance as they grow older.
And yes our doctor was the first in WA to have hers tested and she was actually shocked by what she learnt about her skin aging!