Fine lines are an inevitable part of growing older, but that’s no reason for you to put up with them! These days there are a range of effective treatments which can help reduce the appearance of fine lines:
Vitamin A is commonly seen in skincare products as Retinol or Retin A. As we age, our skin cells behave differently and the cell turnover rate slows down, resulting in more mature skin looking duller than it once did. What this ingredient does is ‘instruct’ each skin cell to behave as though it is younger and healthier, stimulating cell turnover, which produces smoother skin. You apply Retinol through a topical product, so it will take a few weeks to see results.
Hyaluronic acid is found naturally in the body. It acts like a sponge in that it retains water which means that when you use it as a filler, for example the popular Teosyal® treatment, it’ll hydrate as well as plump up the skin and smooth out fine lines. The results are immediate, although you may experience slight swelling or a bit of bruising on the injection site for a couple of days after treatment.
Muscle relaxing injections
The most famous brand of muscle relaxing injection is Botox. It works because when it is injected into the muscle, it blocks the signal between the nerve and the muscle, resulting in the muscle remaining still. With the muscle not moving, the skin is less prone to wrinkling. The injections are used on specific muscles, so the ones around the treated one will move as usual – many people these days ask for an injection which leaves a small amount of movement in the muscle in order to retain a more natural look.
After treatment, there may be small bruises on the injection site, but you will notice your skin is smoother and less wrinkled usually within a few days. It’ll take a couple of weeks before you see the full results, and because the new skin cells aren’t being creased by repeated muscle activity, your skin will continue to appear smoother. To keep the effect, you’ll need to repeat injections every 3-6 months at first, but the more treatments you have, the longer the effects tend to last.
Laser treatments like Clear + Brilliant™ and Fraxel® are used to trigger the production of collagen and elastin which not only reduces fine lines and wrinkles, but can also be used to reduce other signs of ageing, such as pigmentation. This makes it a good alternative to having injections. There is minimal or no downtime depending on the treatment concerned, and results can be seen in as little as 10 days. One treatment can be enough, but the more treatments you have, the more remarkable the results.
Plasma Rich Protein (PRP) therapy
Also known by its nickname the ‘Vampire Facelift®’, PRP therapy uses your body’s natural healing powers to help your skin repair and rejuvenate. The treatment harvests platelets from a very small amount of your blood, which is placed in a centrifuge to separate the red blood cells from the platelet-rich plasma. The platelets are injected into the problem areas where the high content of growth factors create stimulation in the surrounding cells which repair and rejuvenate the skin.
If you would like to find out more about any of the treatments we offer to help reduce fine lines, contact us or pop in to see us at our St Albans Clinic.
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