From around the age of 25, the first signs of ageing start to become apparent on the skin. Fine lines appear, then wrinkles, a loss of volume, and a loss of elasticity become noticeable over time. Our skin ages for a variety of different reasons and many of the causes of skin ageing are entirely natural and cannot be altered. There are three main signs of ageing skin and each one affects the epidermis in a different way.
The first noticeable signs of skin ageing are fine lines and wrinkles. Small, shallow wrinkles known as laughter lines or crow’s feet tend to become noticeable at the outer corners of the eyes. These may appear around the age of 30, but we all age differently and how we age depends on our genetics and lifestyle. These fine lines are followed by wrinkles on the forehead. At first, these are only visible when our skin moves as we change our facial expressions and they are known as dynamic wrinkles. As we age further, they become more prominent and evolve into permanent wrinkles that are visible even when our face is static. Frowning can cause vertical lines between the brows.
As we age, our collagen production is reduced and this can result in a loss of volume. The first signs of a loss of volume in the lips tends to be when lipstick starts to bleed. A loss of facial volume tends to result in sagging skin, a flattening of the cheeks and jowling. It changes the overall appearance of the face, which can start to look sad or tired. The fold that develops between the nose and the mouth, known as the nasolabial fold, is also linked to sagging skin and a loss of volume.
As our skin matures, its structure weakens and it loses elasticity and firmness. Skin also becomes drier, which gives it a ‘crepey’ look. Again, because our skin is as individual as we are, these changes become visible at different ages, but are most commonly experienced by those who are in their 50’s and over.
Factors That Cause Ageing Skin
Whilst ageing and hereditary factors cannot be helped, there are other ways we can help our skin retain its youthful radiance for longer. The sun’s rays are the primary external cause of skin aging via oxidative stress. Skin damage caused by the sun is known as photoaging and uneven pigmentation is often one of the first visible signs to appear, so a good sunscreen and a sensible attitude to UVA and UVB exposure can help to prevent further damage. Exposure to pollution, most commonly in cities, can trigger the release of skin damaging free radicals. Pollution also worsens the effects of sun exposure accelerating oxidative stress. The chemicals and nicotine contained in cigarettes are also responsible for an upsurge in the number of free radicals in the skin. Like pollution, they intensify the effects of sun exposure leading to oxidative stress.
We can combat the effects to some degree by how we live and what we choose to eat. Antioxidants are molecules with the ability to neutralize the free radicals that damage skin and speed up skin ageing. Eating lots of antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables is an important part of caring for our skin as it ages. A healthy diet will ensure an intake of antioxidants that can help to limit the damaging effects of free radicals on the skin, and a good night’s sleep is also crucial for the healing and repair of our epidermis. Another way we can delay the outward signs of ageing is through non surgical treatment options and at PHI Clinic one of our priorities is to provide innovative new treatments that improve the skin’s appearance and inject youth and vitality into the epidermis.
Treatments for Ageing Skin At PHI Clinic
At PHI, we believe in providing outstanding service for all our patients. We strive for the highest standards, which is reflected in our range of treatments and the skill level of our clinicians. When you come to PHI Clinic to address issues associated with ageing skin, you will have a choice of some of the most innovative treatments available anywhere, and your treatment will be tailored to you and your skin because we understand that you are unique.
The Secret RF uses a combination of radio frequencies and micro-needles to coagulate the blood and create haemostasis. The coagulated blood becomes a little thicker and replicates the same action as collagen within the body. When the coagulated blood remains in the treated area, you’ll find that fine lines and wrinkles become less apparent, while scars are much less noticeable. The Secret RF is unique in that it can create a range of different frequencies to better suit the area of treatment, as well as be tailored to each patient’s skin type. The treatment is fast and effective, and you can be treated in as little as twenty minutes, with minimal downtime following the therapy.
Another common sign of ageing skin is pigmentation issues and the Excel V+ is the ultimate treatment to tackle such areas of concern. The Excel V+ uses a high power green laser in order to target blood vessels and pigment with abnormalities. This allows the skin to return to a more natural colour and tone. The wide range of conditions that this treatment can address includes facial redness, rosacea, port wine stains, leg veins, keloid scars, sun damage pigmentation, venous lakes (purple lesions on the lips), spider veins, age spots, and scars can all be very easy to improve using laser technology. Unlike some other laser treatments, there is no anaesthesia required during the procedure, thanks to the automatic cooling technology, which produces continuous cooling throughout your treatment, maximising patient comfort.
The VBeam uses an intense beam of light, delivered in long pulses. It gently eliminates damaged or diseased cells. The laser can treat many vascular issues, such as rosacea, thread veins, pigmentation, premature stretch marks and burn scars. The light is absorbed safely and effectively by the pigment in the lesion that is being treated; the pigment is heated up and destroyed. Patients will feel a warm sensation as the laser is passed over the skin, but there is no need for anaesthetic. The treatment is very quick and the machine simultaneously releases cool air during the procedure.
The M22 is a pioneering aesthetic treatment that combines an IPL, a multi-spot ND Yag and a fractional resurfacing application enabling us to perform a wide range of treatments for our patients. The M22 is particularly good for patients who are looking for younger, healthier and more radiant skin. Our fractional resurfacing head provides comfortable and effective treatment for scars and can even reduce the appearance of wrinkles. A further benefit of this impressive treatment is that the applications can be combined for bespoke treatments. This enables us to address acne, rosacea, thread veins and various types of pigmentation in order to improve texture and tone. This is a multi-functional tool that can be used on both the face and body to achieve dramatic results.
Which Treatment For Ageing Skin Is Right For You?
A thorough consultation is necessary prior to any treatment, and will be performed by one of our nurses, who will assess your area of concern and discuss your expectations. Treatment is performed by the same clinician you see for consultation, and will vary from person to person, as we will tailor your procedure so it is completely unique to you.
Whilst we can not turn back time at PHI Clinic we can turn back some of the effects that time is having on your skin. For a no obligation consultation please call 02070345999, or email email@example.com. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to keep up to date with the clinic.