Do you sometimes think… “I have no idea what treatment to have, I’m not even sure there’s a treatment right for me”?
This is one of the top 3 concerns clients have before they come to our skin clinic. I completely understand why… there’s genuinely a LOT of different anti-ageing skincare treatments out there.
Whilst there is, unfortunately, no cure for old age, we can arm ourselves with the best anti-ageing systems and treatments to help us look as good as we can whilst the ageing process carries on despite our protestations. As always, The Skin To Love Clinic will never administer a treatment without a full consultation, but here we hope to give you an overview of the anti-ageing treatments we recommend and how they could help you, whatever your specific need. Whether it is a complete targeting of fine lines and sagging skin, or age spots and general skin rejuvenation, we will be able to give you honest advice about the best treatment for your skin.
Medical-aesthetic practitioners focus on you and your concerns during your consultation and carefully use their knowledge and experience to match you with treatment options suitable for you, so don’t worry; let your skin specialists use their skills to tell you about all the possibilities there are for you… after all this is their speciality, they won’t expect you to come to a consultation already knowing what treatments are suitable for you.
Here are 5 treatments that are popular with those of us aged 40 plus that you may not have previously considered.
For a single solution, which will leave your friends wondering what your secret is, Thermage could be for you. Using unique radio frequency technology, this celebrity-endorsed treatment leaves you with a natural-looking, youthful appearance. The beauty of this anti-ageing treatment is that it keeps working on your skin after treatment has finished as the skin begins to regenerate, with the final results visible after 6 months. Perfect if you want to look your best, reverse some of the effects ageing has had on your skin and, as the results are gradual, look natural.
How Thermage works:
The Thermage treatment uses radio frequency to cause new collagen growth deep within your skin; this causes your skin to tighten, become smoother, firmer, and more youthful looking.
May be ideal if:
Your eyelids are becoming hooded, creased, and wrinkles are popping up around them.
A single treatment which takes 45 to 60 minutes.
Thermage feels like:
Warmth with the occasional sensation of a warm pinch. Thermage allows you to immediately cool the skin throughout the treatment, so the sensations are tolerated extremely well by our patients.
Thermage results build gradually over the next few months as your skin begins to regenerate itself. Your ultimate results are generally seen three to six months post treatment.
Thermage fun fact:
Our founder, Jane, was the trainer for Thermage UK and has taught many celebrity dermatologists how to use the Thermage.
Bonus fact! Jennifer Aniston is a HUGE fan of the natural-looking results she gets from Thermage skin treatments.
Our Thread Lift treatment is ideal for skin that is starting to lose that youthful appearance. It addresses all the problem areas, targeting some loose skin and, in some cases, subtly lifting the areas which need it; the thread lift treatment can instantly lift and redefine, loose skin in areas that are starting to notice the effects of gravity, such as your lower face and jawline. The treatment itself also triggers your body to produce new collagen which further boosts your results and improves the quality of your skin. Depending on your individual response, it may take up to five months to see these further results. It’s unsurprising that it remains one of our most popular anti-ageing treatments! As with all non-surgical treatments, it’s good to bear in mind that if you are a candidate for surgery, non-surgical treatments may not give you the outcome you desire.
How the Thread Lift works:
A medical practitioner carefully places PDO threads into your skin in the area of concern. Once perfectly in place they gently tighten the threads which subtly lifts your skin.
May be ideal if:
If your lower face is looking ‘heavy’, you’re noticing jowls and your jawline has seen sharper days.
This depends on how many threads you require, however the average Thread Lift treatment at our skin clinic St. Albans takes about an hour.
This is a single treatment, rather than a course.
Thread lift feels like:
Before the treatment takes place, your skin specialist ensures that the area being treated is numbed with local anaesthetic; this can feel like little bee stings that last a few seconds only.
Following this, your skin treatment should feel entirely pain-free. What you will be able to feel is occasional pressure and movement as your practitioner places and gently tightens your threads. This is tolerated very well.
Thread Lift results are immediate. However, you get further improvement in the months that follow as collagen and hyaluronic acid production are stimulated by the threads which means plumper, smoother, brighter skin in the treated area.
Thread Lift fun fact:
The PDO threads used in the Thread Lift treatment are the same as those used in cardiac surgery; they are made of complex carbohydrates, and they naturally and gradually break down over time.
How cheek filler works:
Dermal fillers made from a hyaluronic acid gel are placed strategically to replace volume in your cheeks and cheek bones that has naturally been lost because of the ageing process (the fat pads in your cheek area shrink with age).
Often dermal fillers are thought of as ‘wrinkle filler’ but they are just as frequently used to rebuild volume in the cheeks, temples, chin, tear trough and hands.
May be ideal if:
Your mid-face has become flatter; you notice that the apples of your cheeks aren’t as full as they used to be, perhaps your cheekbones aren’t as defined, and you may be noticing the formation of ‘nose to mouth lines’.
Approximately 30 to 40 minutes, depending on how much filler you require.
This is a single treatment, but in some cases, it may be done in phases.
Cheek filler feels like:
The dermal fillers used at our skin clinic St. Albans contain local anaesthetic, so the area becomes numb very quickly. At the start of the treatment, you’ll probably feel a tiny scratch as a small needle goes into the skin, following this you may feel some light pressure as the dermal filler is placed; this is tolerated exceptionally well because of the local anaesthetic and because our practitioners have an incredible amount of experience and training in techniques that make the treatment comfortable.
Dermal filler results are immediate.
Dermal filler fun fact:
There are different ‘types’ of dermal filler within a brand. The type(s) of filler used are matched to your requirements, treatment area and unique facial and skin structure. Dermal filler is not a one-size-fits-all treatment.
The profhilo treatment offers a new approach to rejuvenating your skin tone and treating skin laxity by triggering a ‘bio-remodelling’ response; a revolutionary new category of anti-ageing injectable treatments that shouldn’t be confused with dermal filler treatment, skin boosters or mesotherapy.
It is also important to remember that whilst anti-ageing treatments can have great results, we also have to pay attention to our general health and wellbeing. Staying out of the sun, keeping hydrated and eating well will all contribute to glowing skin, whatever your age!
Profhilo uses a unique slow-release hyaluronic acid that is placed in very specific areas of your skin. Because its consistency is like honey the Profhilo spreads throughout your skin tissue triggering a ‘bio-remodelling’ response from your skin.
Although Profhilo and dermal fillers are both made of hyaluronic acid (HA), that used to make Profhilo uses HA of two different molecular weights; this then goes through a process that causes those two different molecules to combine creating a unique product which triggers bio-remodelling.
May be ideal if:
You want to boost the quality of your facial skin or the skin on your neck or decolletage; if so, you may be noticing skin crepiness, lines and wrinkles, thinning skin, a loss of ‘bounce’ in your skin and some skin dehydration.
Approximately half an hour for the face or neck or decolletage on their own, longer if you’d like more than one area treated at once.
Profhilo is a two-part treatment. The first half an hour session is repeated approximately 30 days later.
Very mild discomfort as the product is placed, which feels like little bee stings in the injection site.
Profhilo results and positive changes in your skin can often be seen following your first treatment session, however you should expect your full results after your second session.
Profhilo fun fact:
Profhilo is an entirely new category of injectable treatment! Bio-remodelling is different to skin boosters, dermal filler, and wrinkle relaxing injections.
How a TCA chemical peel works:
There are many types of chemical peels which have different actions, however, in the case of trichloroacetic acid (TCA) the solution allows a medium to deep remodelling of your skin by breaking down the top dead layer of the skin. This provides an intense exfoliation and in turn triggers rejuvenation and repair mechanisms in your skin to improve signs of ageing, skin texture and symptoms of sun damage, including hyperpigmentation.
May be ideal if:
You have sun damage, ‘leathery’ looking skin, you’re looking for a pigmentation treatment, you want to improve signs of skin ageing such as wrinkles, you have some scarring and/or you want to brighten skin.
Approximately 10 minutes.
TCA chemical peel feels like:
You’ll feel a short-lived sensation of building warmth; this is temporary… seconds rather than minutes, and maybe some skin tingling.
Usually after about a week you start to see your results in pigmentation, wrinkles, brightness, and luminosity.
Most people will require a course of 2 or 3 treatments, but a single treatment can be had for a general improvement in the skin.
TCA chemical peel fun fact:
TCA is a relative of vinegar!
Did you learn about a treatment you’ve never heard about today?
You can book a consultation with one of our medical skin specialist St. Albans if you would like to understand your skin better and learn about anti-ageing treatments suitable for you.
3 More Treatments To Consider…
This may be a little too late for some, but the best place to start for anti-ageing is prevention; nevertheless, this is something you could consider once you’ve had more corrective treatments to help you maintain your healthy, fresh-looking skin. We understand that ageing won’t be at the top of your priority list when you’re in your 20s, but actually, this is the perfect time to start treatment to slow the process down. Our Clear + Brilliant treatment is ideal as a preventative treatment, which also corrects early signs of ageing such as open pores and uneven texture. It is administered via a gentle laser, which works to smooth the texture of your skin and stimulate new collagen, leaving you with a radiant look. It is perfect for those with large pores as Clear + Brilliant is the gold standard treatment for pore refining.
If you are concerned about imperfections such as sun damage, pigmentation and lines and wrinkles, then the Fraxel Laser treatment is ideal for you. It is designed to target the areas that are damaged by replacing old damaged cells with new, healthy ones and cleverly leaves the skin radiant and glowing. This means that sunspots, scars and fine lines can be specifically targeted, even for multiple treatments. It can be used anywhere on the face and body where you feel you most need it. But of course, like all our treatments, a full consultation will be given prior to starting.
For beauty that is out of this world, our next treatment was developed with NASA technology. The popular Byonik treatment uses your own pulse in combination with a cold laser (which means no discomfort and no down-time) to hydrate, plump and infuse your skin cells with potent antioxidants as well as reduce inflammation which can cause skin ageing and trigger the production of new collagen as well as revitalise the existing collagen within your skin. All of this means that your own body helps to diminish the telltale signs of ageing. The clever technology also releases your elastin fibres, which become tethered and unable to do their job, making your skin spring back to life and giving it it’s bounce back.
Disclaimer: This blog is not to be used for diagnostic purposes. We are all unique which means that our results, recovery and suitability for any type of treatment will vary. Always seek the advice of a professional should you have any health or cosmetic concerns or to discuss treatments specifically for you.
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