Anti - Ageing Treatments
The effects of ageing and our lifestyle are reflected in our skin. There are a number of factors to consider, such as genetics, hormones, lifestyle choices (smoking, diet, alcohol consumption, etc.), sun damage and environmental exposure. In addition to this, as we get older the skin's natural processes become less effective. The natural production and replacement of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid (HA) starts to slow down from around age 20. Once the underlying structure of the skin become less effective or damaged the skin starts to lose its elasticity and lines and wrinkles begin to form on the face and neck. Whilst ageing is an inevitable process and one that we should maybe try to embrace, there is much that we can do to try and slow the process from an aesthetic point of view, so that we continue to look vibrant and healthy.
In addition to lifestyle changes, there are a number of possible non-surgical interventions that may help to ease the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Subject to consultation this may include treatments such as anti-wrinkle injections (for example, Botox or other botulinum toxin and/or dermal fillers), microneedling, chemical peels and good quality skin care products that contain active ingredients.
When it comes to injectable treatments, clients are often confused as to whether they are seeking treatment with botulinum toxin or dermal fillers. Essentially they both treat different types of wrinkles. Botulinum toxin treats wrinkles that are caused by muscle activity (which may be seen when raising your eyebrows, frowning or screwing your nose up for example ). These are known as 'dynamic' wrinkles. Dermal fillers are better suited to those lines and wrinkles that are 'static', so they are there all the time and have generally arisen as a result of natural ageing and environmental factors. A full consultation with Una will help you clarify any uncertainty.