Ageing is a fact of life and it usually shows most on our faces. This is largely due to our body making less collagen. Collagen is the substance that gives our skin a firm and youthful appearance. It acts as a support structure for our skin, provides overall volume and gives shape to our face. However, from an early age the amount we produce slows down and facial volume is lost.
Probably the most effective treatment for fine lines and wrinkles is prevention in the form of a high factor (SPF 50) sunscreen, we use and sell Heliocare® Advanced SPF50 Gel. Stopping smoking and avoiding soaps and detergents are also beneficial lifestyle changes.
However, once the lines have appeared, there are several possible non-surgical treatments. Wrinkle relaxing injections, dermal fillers, chemical peels, Obagi Nu-Derm, Dermapen™ and IPL all have beneficial effects on fine lines and wrinkles. Sculptra®, a relativley new product, offers a long term view to helping your own body redress the loss of collagen.
Retriderm (as recommended by BBC1’s ‘The Truth About Looking Good’) is a topical serum that you can purchase from the clinic and use at home. Retriderm harnesses the qualities of retinol, a naturally available form of vitamin A that can be found in our diet and our bodies. The principal role of retinol is skin cell production and activity which, in turn, leads to better structure of the epidermis, and ultimately the dermis with enhanced collagen. When you add to that activity extra hydration with hyaluronic acid and anti-oxidant protection from vitamin E, you have an intense, highly effective regeneration serum.
Profhilo is an innovative product that is injected into the skin but it is not a dermal filler. After treatment patients can expect increased firmness, elasticity and an overall improved quality of the skin and smoothing of fine lines and wrinkles. Two treatment sessions are usually recommended initially, with a one month interval in between. Top ups and maintenance treatments can then be prescribed by your practitioner according to your body’s response to treatment.
The targeted HydraFacial Anti-Ageing treatment uses the DermaBuilder multi-peptide anti-ageing serum to help diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while also enhancing the skin’s elasticity, for visibly noticeable plumping and tightening of the skin. The HydraFacial is the ultimate way to rebuild the health of your skin and provide deep, lasting hydration.
A non-invasive treatment, with no downtime is the Déesse Mask. Using near infrared light (830NM) and red light (630NM) the Mask increases the production of collagen and elastin which helps to reduce fine lines. The skin texture and radiance is improved and the complexion revitalised.
Dr Brooks is always happy to meet you to discuss your specific needs and advise on the best course of treatment to help you achieve the result you’re after. Please contact Mirabel to request a free consultation.