Cosmetic: Fine Lines and Wrinkles
Ageing is part of life. Expression lines can add character to your appearance. But some lines, wrinkles and bags can make you look tired and grumpy, even when you're well. The Medical Chambers Kensington provides expert non-surgical treatments for fine lines and wrinkles by an experienced consultant cosmetic dermatologist.
Skin and Ageing
Time, stress, weight changes, sun damage and a lifetime of laughing and frowning can leave your skin wrinkled and crinkled.
While we shouldn't have to give in to Society's pressure to look young, having a smooth, radiant complexion can make you feel good at any time of life. It's not just about looking youthful; it's about making the most of your skin, looking well and feeling fantastic.
Why do wrinkles appear?
Lines and creases appear as a result of lots of changes in the skin as we get older. The skin becomes thinner and skin cells turn over ore slowly. There is less water and fat in the skin, which can make it dry. There's also a decrease in collagen and elastin so that the skin becomes weaker and less elastic.
Under the skin, there are also changes, with lower levels of subcutaneous fat. Sadly that doesn't mean a smaller bottom or a narrower waistline. Instead, it means that the skin is less well supported and slacker. As we age, the skin can appear less plump, lined, wrinkled and saggy.
Is skin ageing inevitable?
We are all getting old - but some people's skin seems to age more slowly. Skin ageing can be broken down into two types: intrinsic ageing, which is inevitable and occurs as the years pass and photo-ageing, which is the premature ageing of the skin caused by exposure to UV light.
The sun is responsible for most of the visible signs of skin ageing. Researchers have calculated that damage from the sun's rays may account for as much as 80% of age-related changes, including wrinkles and age spots. That means that protecting your skin from the sun throughout life can slow down skin ageing. Lifestyle factors like weight change, smoking, alcohol and stress also have a role to play in the way we look as we grow older.
Fine lines and wrinkle treatment at The Medical Chambers Kensington
Your consultant cosmetic dermatologist will assess your skin and discuss your treatment goals before recommending a treatment plan to treat wrinkles and restore a youthful glow.
Anti-wrinkle injections relax your facial muscles and smooth lines and wrinkles. They are injections of the chemical botulinum toxin that blocks the communication between muscle and nerve. They are an excellent treatment for dynamic wrinkles that develop because of facial expressions. The injection s make the muscle relax so that wrinkles are smoothed out.
Dermal fillers are targeted hyaluronic acid gel injections. Your consultant will precisely inject the gel to restore volume, lift your face and fill any wrinkles. Fillers can instantly reshape and life your face.
Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP
PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma treatment, also known as the "vampire facelift". It is a revolutionary skin treatment that harnesses your body's natural healing powers to slow down or even reverse skin ageing.
Morpheus 8 is an innovative minimally-invasive procedure that combines microneedling and radiofrequency technology. Morpheus 8 tightens your skin and lifts and remodels the underlying fat to give you a smooth, lifted and more youthful appearance.
Your consultant can prescribe clinical strength skin treatments and cosmeceuticals to treat fine lines and wrinkles. Retinoids are Vitamin A related substances that can counter some of the effects of skin ageing while they are being used regularly.
Plasma Skin Regeneration
Plasma Skin Regeneration is the latest innovation in skin resurfacing technology. It uses targeted plasma energy to heal the skin and remove surface cells to reveal fresher smoother skin. Deeper regeneration treatment also boosts natural collagen production and remodels deep tissues. PSR can lift and tighten the skin and reduce lines and wrinkles.
Microdermabrasion is a type of mechanical exfoliation using fine aluminium crystals. The treatment removes the outer layers of dull and discoloured skin to reveal the smooth skin underneath. A course of microdermabrasion resurfaces the skin and reduces fine lines.
Microneedling is a skin treatment that uses your skin's healing powers. A derma roller covered with fine needles makes multiple tiny holes in your skin. Each puncture triggers your natural wound healing response. It stimulates natural collagen production to reduce fine lines.
Mesotherapy is microinjections of vitamins, minerals and amino acids to nourish and rejuvenate your skin. The micronutrients boost skin cell regeneration and repair, improving your skin's tone and reducing signs of ageing.