Skin Care DNA Test
Skin Care DNA Test: Specimen Type: Buccal Swab
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Skin Care Genetic Profile Testing
Not everyone’s skin is the same. Our skin care genetic profile testing analyzes how your genetics influence skin characteristics such as hydration, elasticity and antioxidant capacity. Based on the results, we’ll make recommendations on skin care and keeping it healthy.
What is tested?
Our test determines your skin’s unique characteristics in multiple categories, and it is accompanied by a personalized profile based on genetics. Your report gives topical, oral supplement, and professional treatment recommendations tailored just for you.
The following seven skin aspects are tested:
Skin sensitivity - Skin sensitivities can create stress and trauma to the dermis that can lead to tired and aged cells. Understanding if sensitivity may be an issue allows you to keep your skin as stress free as possible. Some of the signs associated with this category: skin dehydration, active ingredient sensitivities, fragrance sensitivities, itching and redness, environmental sensitivities, and premature aging.
Skin elasticity - Your body has the ability to maintain skin flexibility at a younger age. Skin elasticity can decline as you age due to enzymes - called MMPs - which increase structural damage to the skin. Signs associated with this category include increased collagen breakdown, sagging, jowls, nasolabial folds, healing issues, and premature wrinkling.
Skin antioxidants - Antioxidants help break down free radicals and slow some of the physical signs of aging to help preserve your skin’s natural glow. Free radicals are harmful molecules that are produced naturally from environmental exposures. Some signs associated with this include dull skin, uneven tone, blemishes, pigmentation, wrinkles, premature skin aging, and skin dehydration.
Pigmentation - Melanin helps protect your skin by absorbing damaging UV rays when you are exposed to the sun. Your body will produce more melanin due to more sun exposure causing the skin to tan and darken. The cause of most irregular skin pigmentation is by either an over or under production of melanin in the body. Some of the signs associated with pigmentation include freckles, age spots, rough skin, texture, and discoloration.
Collagen quality - Collagen makes up approximately 75% of skin, and youthful skin is smooth in large part because of healthy collagen levels. While collagen production naturally occurs throughout our lives, the quality and quantity varies. Because of this, everyone experiences different levels of skin aging attributes based on the level of collagen quality. Some of the signs associated with this are sagging, scarring, healing issues, hollowing, accelerated aging, and fine lines.
Fine lines and Wrinkles - Fine lines and wrinkles are formed from a decline in collagen levels and advanced glycation end (AGE) products. AGEs have the ability to target and stick to collagen and elastin fibers causing them to become rigid and brittle. The effects of glycation at a skin’s cellular level may result in wrinkling, stiff or hardened collagen fibers, loss of elasticity, and compromised skin barrier functions.
Sun Protection - Your body is equipped with natural responses that help break down photo products once they have penetrated your skin. A photochemical process helps assist in breaking down UV rays before they can do any major damage. Some of the signs associated with this are fine lines and wrinkles, crepe-like/thinning skin, sun sensitivity, skin thickening/leathery skin.
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- Bring Government Issued ID.
- Bring Birth Certificate for Child. If none, bring a social security card, insurance card, or something else to help support identification.
- Complete TSL Intake Form & HIPAA Disclosure.
- Provide Authorizations to Receive Results.
- Most DNA will require a Buccal Swab specimen from the mouth.
- Prenatal DNA will require a Blood Draw so you will want to by hydrated.
- Be prepared to have a photo taken of all parties being tested.
- Do not eat anything (particularly meat, vegetables and breast milk for infants) for an hour before arriving.
- You do not have to arrive together or go to the same Test Smartly. Labs Testing Center but do coordinate plans with all parties being tested.
What Are Your Hours?
- All Test Smartly Labs are open Monday through Friday, from 9am - 5pm
- The Overland Park Testing Center is also open from 9am – 1pm on Saturdays
Do We Need To Have An Appointment?
- No appointment is required to come into our labs, and all of our locations are on a walk-in basis. However, it is recommended you arrive at least 30 minutes prior to closing. If your situation requires special time considerations, please call us to determine if it would be better to arrange an appointment time.
Do I Need Doctors’ Orders For Testing?
- No doctors’ orders needed, we are a Direct-Access Testing Center. You are encouraged to consult your medical professional with your lab test results.
What’s The Turnaround Time For Lab Work?
- Average turnaround time is 2-5 business days depending on the complexity of the lab work. Most tests are available in 2-3 days.
Do You Need A List Of My Medications For A Drug Test?
- Per protocol, the lab techs are not allowed to receive or ask for your medications. A medical review officer or MRO, a licensed physician who specializes in toxicology, will call you and ask for your medications and your physician’s phone number if it’s detected in your sample during testing. The MRO will then call your physician to verify your medications.