Aging Skin and Hair

This RCGP accredited resource, composed of 10 clinical cases, assesses the user’s knowledge on Aging Skin and Hair (Cosmetic/Aesthetic Medicine: Physiology, Gender, Anatomy and Hormones. Successful completion of the resource provides 1 hour of CPD delivered by Learna Ltd.



The skin is the largest organ covering the entire surface of the body. Similarly the effects of aging are most obvious in the changes that occur in the skin and is characterized by the development of wrinkles, reduced thickness, increasing pigmentation and increased laxity. Such processes are accelerated by two processes; photodamage due to UV exposure and hormonal changes. The changes associated with aging are therefore the focus of both surgical and non-surgical cosmetic interventions. For improved therapeutic outcomes it is important to understand the mechanisms through which the aging process alters skin, but also it is important to understand the hormonal changes that contribute. Similarly, knowledge of the processes involved in hair growth and hair loss can also optimise therapeutic outcomes.

This resource composed of 10 questions is designed to assess knowledge on the anatomical and physiological effects of aging upon the skin and hair as well as to understand the impact of hormonal changes and interventions upon the skin. Also, it is important to appreciate the differences in facial characteristics associated with gender in order that one can optimise therapeutic outcomes.

Aims and objectives

Completion of this resource should provide:

  • Improved understanding of the pathological changes in facial skin associated with aging;
  • Appreciation of the changes in facial characteristics between males and females;
  • An understanding of the changes in hormones associated aging and the impact of interventions upon the skin;
  • An appreciation of hirsutism and hair loss and potential aesthetic treatments available.