Fine lines and wrinkles can be the first signs of ageing skin that appears on your face. In some people these may start as early as in the late teens, though they more commonly appear in the 20’s and 30’s. Usually fines lines start developing between the nose and mouth, on the forehead and around the eyes.
Wrinkles start developing along our facial expressions with laughter creases and crows feet.
From the mid 20’s the skin degeneration or thinning starts. Less collagen and elastin fibres are produced further weakening the connective tissue that is a major part of the firmness of the skin. With the additional pull from gravity wrinkles form downwards, like in the sagging cheeks and drooping of eyelids.
Apart from age the face may also reflect how we treat the body and skin. Smoking contains carbon monoxide which reduces the oxygen levels in the skin. Further, nicotine reduces the blood flow. Smoking also depletes many nutrients that are essential for the normal functioning of the body and skin, including Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) which plays a vital role in the protection of the skin and repair of of any skin damage.
Nasolabial fold and loss of volume
One of the greatest “give away” of one’s age is the development of a nasolabial fold, though lines, wrinkles, hairloss, loss of elasticity and glow and volume will work together to give an impression of a person’s age.
The nasolabial fold appears due to a combination of relaxation and thinning of the facials skin and and loss of volume of the fat deposits lateralt to the fold. This process worsens with age, damage from sunlight exposure and smoking.
An overall improvement in the lines, wrinkles and volume and achieving a younger look may require us to address the various aspect of your looks with a view to your overall looks.
As the face is very exposed and it defines the outer you, it can be quite distressing to deal with any changes or signs of ageing. You may otherwise feel your body and mind is young and vibrant which makes it even harder to be face to face with lines and wrinkles early in life – no pun intended.
Treatment option for Fine lines and wrinkles
There are a number of treatment options available. Depending on your specific situation our consultant may recommend one or more of the following:
Botulinum toxin type A
BTX-A is a natural protein produced by the bacteria Clostridium Botulinum. It is used to treat wrinkles (that are due to facial expressions) such as wrinkles on the forehead, frownline, crows feet and marionette lines. Further, it may give relief in cases of depression, migraine and excessive sweating (hyperhydrosis)
Collagen and Hyaluronic acid are used to fill in and smoothen lines and folds on the face or to add volume for instance in the cheeks. Fillers can last 6-24 months, though most last 6-9 months.
PRP can also be used as a filler. Combing fillers and Botox may accentuate the overall aesthetic effect.
Hydrafacial or hydradermabrasion
HydraFacial is one of the newest development in non-laser skin rejuvenation. It combines cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, hydration with antioxidant protection. It can improve fine lines, wrinkles, blacheads, hyperpigmentation and congested and enlarged pores.
It can be used in combination with other skin care products such as LED light, peels or antioxidant serums.
Minutely controlled trauma to the skin stimulates the body’s own repairing and healing processes and increases the production of collagen. The collagen helps smoothen out fine lines and wrinkles.
Microneedling is also labelled as Collagen Induction Therapy and Medical Skin Needling.
It can be combined with Platelet Rich Plasma for a synergetic effect – the socalled Vampire Facial or Vampire Facelift.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
Platelet Rich Plasma activates the body’s repairing and healing processes through the injection of a high concentration of platelets and growth factors into areas where it is needed. PRP induces increased collagen production and reduces fine lines and wrinkles.
PRP can be used as a stand alone treatment to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. It can also be combined with Microneedling and dermal fillers such as Hyalunronic Acid for a synergetic effect.
Vampire Facial and/or Vampire Facelift
This is a combination of Microneedling and PRP and/or Hyalunronic Acid.
Vampire Facial: PRP is not injected but used topically along with Microneedling
Vampire Facelift: PRP and/or Hyaluronic Acid is injected while Microneedling is used on the skin.
We only used high quality PRP from Dr PRP (Korean/American) or GloPRP (Finnish) or PRP kits that are CE or FDA approved.
What to do next?
As you can see there are many options and it can sometimes be quite hard to understand the differences between the various treatments, pros and cons. And some of them may need to be combined for the best results.
Naturally, there will be many questions and uncertainties. It’s also vital that your expectations match what can realistically be expect from the various procedures.
We therefore recommend you contact us on 03211554554 to set up a consultation.