An interesting new take on celebrity’s anti-ageing obsession was recently covered in the Hollywood Reporter. Dubbed ‘Resting Rich Face’, it shone a spotlight on the ever more expensive cosmetic procedures that have become so ‘necessary’ to the stars that spending a staggering “$150,000 to $200,000” a year on upkeep has become the new normal for the rich and powerful in LA.

The article then broke down which treatments a 20-something newcomer is having compared to a screen star in her 60s and it raised an interesting question: which treatments should you be having to look great at any age?

Tweaks for your 20s

A 20-something should not require any invasive or aggressive anti-ageing treatments, as lines should be minimal and faces should still be rounded and youthful. However, more and more men and women are interested in having muscle relaxing injections at this age as a preventative measure. Choosing a skilled and experienced practitioner is a must, though, as a light touch is required to retain natural expression.

Lip augmentations using temporary dermal fillers are also an increasingly popular procedure for younger patients, keen to emulate the new trend for perfect pouts.

Therapies for your 30s

Your 30s should be all about your skin; it is no longer as easy to shrug off long days and late nights and the signs of stress, sun damage and smoking are starting to become more visible in the form of fine lines and dull skin. However, adult acne is becoming an increasingly common problem affecting men and women long after their teenage years.

Investing in a good quality skincare range is essential at this point to promote skin health and stimulate cellular renewal which begins to slow down at this point. Our preferred skincare range is CosMedix which combines the most powerful ingredients found in nature with cutting-edge science to deliver vibrant and radiant skin.

Remedies for your 40s

Although they are often described as the ‘fabulous 40s’, this is often the decade where men and women become dissatisfied with their appearance. Dark circles under the eyes are often a common complaint and they can be very challenging to treat, failing to respond to even the most expensive skin creams, yet too delicate to address with many of the aesthetic treatments available.

At Wimpole Aesthetics we offer two treatments that work in very different ways to produce effective results in the under eye area. Mesotherapy are micro-injections of vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants and amino acids, that can improve tissue hydration and stimulate collagen production.

Carboxytherapy delivers CO2 gas just under the surface of the skin and the body responds by flooding the treatment area with nutrient-rich blood. In the under eye area it can greatly brighten and firm the skin.

Fixes for your 50s

Sagging skin and loss of definition along the jawline become much more noticeable in your 50s and many patients at our central London aesthetic clinic tell us that they are starting to contemplate a cosmetic surgery procedure.

Many of them do not realise that there are minimally invasive technologies available that are able to tighten the skin, delaying the need for surgery until later on. We offer two different treatments that can provide a non-surgical facelift – Thermage and Pelleve – and our medical director Dr Josh Berkowitz can advise patients as to the most suitable procedure for them and whether it will deliver the results they’re hoping for.

Solutions for your 60s

A woman’s oestrogen levels in later life are a fraction of what they previously had and the importance of this hormone in collagen and oil production means that skin now feels dry and thin, lines have become very deep and pronounced and the structure of the face starts to sag all over.

Thread lifting has been used in aesthetics for many decades, but technological developments have further increased its anti-ageing abilities. The Silhouette Soft works in two very distinct ways to lift and regenerate the face. Firstly, Dr Berkowitz is able to elevate and reshape the tissues when inserting the sutures, providing a beautifully natural lift. Then, the component that is used in the sutures, known as poly L-lactic acid, is gradually absorbed by the body, stimulating the production of collagen. This means that, over time, there is further improvement of results.

Sun damage that may have occurred in your earlier years often now makes its appearance, presenting as dark spots on the cheeks and forehead. Fractional lasers such as the gold-standard SmartXide device can combat these signs of sun damage and greatly improve the general appearance of the skin.

What do our patients want? Top 5 aesthetic procedures

A recent survey carried by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery identified our top aesthetic concerns. Over 7,000 adults were interviewed and asked to rank exactly what bothers them about their appearance and the good news is that, with advances in technology, there’s a non-surgical solution for each concern that can deliver fantastic results with minimal downtime.

1. Excess weight 83%

It’s not surprising that this is the number one concern; the World Health Organisation has predicted that in the UK 74% of men and 64% of women will be overweight by 2030. Although this is not a procedure that is suitable for patients that are very overweight or obese, VASER liposuction is a fantastic option for those men and women that are troubled with a small pockets of excess weight, such as the muffin tops or saddlebags.

2 Lines, wrinkles around and under the eyes 73%

These lines that appear in the upper third of the face are often the first visible signs of the ageing process. They are called dynamic wrinkles because they are formed by the movement of the muscles underneath the skin and the eyes are key to many of our facial expressions.

These dynamic wrinkles respond very well to Botox. The botulinum toxin is injected into minute quantities, temporarily freezing the nerves that instruct these muscles to move. The skin is smoothed while you still retain natural expression and movement in the face.

3. Submental/neck fat 73%

Commonly known as a double chin, the submental fat pocket is located directly below the chin and can be present even in very slim men and women due to genetic predisposition. Available at our central London aesthetic clinic, VASER liposuction is gentle enough to be used to remove excess fat under the chin, but if there is lax skin present it is important that this is also addressed or the defined contours of the neck and jawline will not be restored.

Pelleve uses radiofrequency energy, delivered deep into the dermis, to induce collagen contraction without any risk of damage to the delicate skin of the neck area. Collagen production is also stimulated so the appearance of the skin will continue to improve over time.

4. Skin texture and/or discoloration 71%

Fixing a line here or wrinkle there can only do so much; clear, glowing skin is an important marker of youth. We have a range of minimally invasive, but highly effective treatments that can rejuvenate the skin, greatly improving skin quality. These range from chemical peels and mesotherapy to energy-based devices such as Secret RF.

Secret RF delivers radiofrequency energy into the target area using micro-needles. This allows us to distribute energy where it can stimulate collagen production without causing any damage to the surface of the skin.

5. Lines, wrinkles and/or folds in the mid-face, around the cheeks, mouth 67%

As we age we lose volume in the mid-face, causing folds to appear around the nose and mouth. A facelift aims to correct this, but for those unwilling or not yet ready to have a surgical procedure, there are a number of non-surgical options. Temporary dermal fillers in the cheek area can restore lost volume or we have a number of devices that can lift the skin, tightening at the same time.

The survey also asked respondents to identify why they wanted to have an aesthetic procedure to correct these perceived ‘flaws’. The general consensus was that they wanted more confidence and to look and feel the very best for their age. So, if you share these concerns, call 020 7224 2247 to arrange a consultation at our central London aesthetic clinic.

Everyone loves sporting a summer glow, but it’s been proven beyond all doubt that overexposure to the sun’s rays is incredibly destructive to our skin. So, even if you think your tan makes you look younger and healthier, it’s actually storing up damage that can be revealed years later.

Know your rays

The sun produces two different types of rays – UVA and UVB – both of which can damage our skin.

UVB rays are stronger in the summer months and cause superficial damage in the form of sunburn. They are more likely to be the cause of skin cancers.

UVA rays are always present – whether it’s deep winter or a cloudy day – and they can penetrate glass. UVA rays are the direct cause of sun ageing as they penetrate deep into the skin’s cellular structure. Years later, this damage presents as wrinkles, pigmentation changes, enlarged pores and poor tone.

All sunscreens protect against UVB rays, but look out for ones that also protect you against UVA rays, often called broad-spectrum sun defence.

In 2013, Australian researchers published the results of a trial that split 903 adults into four groups; the first applied a broad-spectrum sunscreen to their head, neck, arms and hands each morning and after washing, the second were allowed to use whichever sunscreen they wished, the third received a beta-carotene supplement and the fourth were given a placebo.

Four years later they analysed the back of the subjects’ hands and found that the group that applied daily broad-spectrum sunscreen showed ‘no detectable increase’ in skin ageing. Key skin ageing factors such as wrinkles were found to be 24% less in those that wore the daily broad spectrum sunscreen than those that were allowed to apply products at their discretion.

How to deal with photo-ageing?

Photo-ageing is premature ageing of the skin due to excessive sun damage and the three main signs are lines and wrinkles, dark spots and loss of elasticity. The dermis is the middle layer of the skin and it contains the important proteins collagen and elastin that are responsible for the youthful plumpness and elasticity of the skin. UVB rays can penetrate the dermis, destroying these proteins.

One treatment that can tackle all three signs of premature sun ageing is the SmartXide laser device. Microscopic beams of laser energy are delivered deep into the dermis, triggering the production of collagen and elastin. The laser can also target melanin that is the pigment in areas of dark discolouration and brown spots. The pigment is broken up and cell turnover is stimulated so a clearer, more even complexion is produced.

To arrange a consultation to see if laser skin rejuvenation with the SmartXide laser can tackle your summer skin concerns, call 020 7224 2247.

Facebook: Worried your summer glow might be hiding sun damage?

Excessive sun exposure is the number one skin sin, but don’t worry if you’ve stored up damage from years of enjoying the sun’s rays. SmartXide delivers laser energy into the skin to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin and reverse the signs of sun damage.

There is power in being gentle and this is exemplified by CosMedix’s Benefit Clean. I first tried this cleanser after undergoing one of the CosMedix skin peels; my practitioner explained that it was gentle enough to protect the barrier function of my skin.

However, I’m so in love with the way it makes my skin feel, as it provides a deep clean, while brightening my complexion. My skin is very sensitive so initially I used it just once a day, but now it’s a key part of my morning and evening skincare routine.

Benefit Clean is a foaming cleanser, which can sometimes be really drying on the skin, yet this cleanser contains Shea so it is still really hydrating. Its power is derived from D- gluconolactone, a potent antioxidant that can repair damage in the dermis, at the same time as detoxifying the skin. Benefit Clean’s natural purifying benefits are further supported by essential oils of grapefruit and Australian sandalwood that can relax and calm the skin. Amino acids prevent moisture loss.

All CosMedix products are free from synthetic foaming agents and sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) so these products are great for those suffering from skin inflammation and can even help improve rosacea. I’ve also noticed that areas of photo-damage have greatly improved since I started using it.

First, I moisten my hands before adding just a pea-sized drop of the cleanser and smoothing onto my face. Benefit Clean is a prescription-strength product so a little goes a long way. Using circular motions, you work the cleanser into the skin before rinsing. It is suitable for use on the delicate skin on the neck and around the eyes.

Another little tip my practitioner gave me was to leave the cleanser on for ten minutes before rinsing off. Done once or twice a week, it works as a hydrating and repair mask for dull and congested-looking skin.

Then I follow up with Benefit Balance from CosMedix which works brilliantly in combination with Benefit Clean.

There’s a new face and body rejuvenation treatment that’s fast gaining popularity as highly satisfied patients spread the word about the many benefits of Secret RF. However, it produces such a natural and subtle rejuvenation, it can just be our little secret as friends and family are left wondering why you’re looking so great.

Radiofrequency and micro-needling combined

Sometimes the best developments in the aesthetic industry come from taking techniques, technologies or ideas and putting them together for optimal results. Secret RF takes two proven technologies – radiofrequency and micro-needling – and combines them to produce the ultimate aesthetic procedure.

Radiofrequency has been used for many years in aesthetics; radiofrequency energy is passed into the dermis, gently heating the tissues to stimulate production of collagen and elastin. Whichever device or machine you use, to induce a degree of skin tightening, a certain amount of energy is required but the downside of that is potentially burning the skin, meaning an uncomfortable experience for the patient and a number of potential side effects.

Micro-needling is a relative newcomer to aesthetics but quickly became very popular for its ability to produce results with minimal downtime. It works by making micro ‘injuries’ in the papillary dermal level of the skin where collagen and elastin fibres are situated. The body’s response to any injury is to stimulate collagen and elastin production to repair the damage. The skin, therefore, becomes thicker, fuller and plumper, erasing mild to moderate wrinkling or skin damage from the inside out.

The big breakthrough

By combining these two technologies, the inventors of Secret RF have managed to optimise the results they can produce as well as reducing any potential downsides. The radiofrequency energy is delivered into deeper layers of the skin through the micro-needles, leaving the surface of the skin and surrounding tissue untouched. Compared to many of the other devices on the market, there is a much lower risk of any side effects or of developing post-inflammatory hyper pigmentation.

Suitable for all skin types, Secret RF means much less downtime and discomfort. Price-wise the treatment can be more reasonable as it is a more targeted treatment.

What does Secret RF do?

Secret RF is able to produce a number of visible improvements to the skin, including the following:

  • Skin lifting and tightening
  • Reduction of pore sizes
  • Improvement of hyperpigmentation
  • Reduction mild to moderate wrinkles
  • Can lessen acne and acne scarring
  • Can be used on the body to reduce appearance of stretch marks

If you want to get in on the secret, call Wimpole Aesthetics on 020 7224 2247 and speak to one of the team.

Whether your skin has become immune to your usual products or you’re seeing the signs of a dry, winter-damaged dermis, now’s the time to shake up your skincare.

Time for lighter layers

Exposure to the harsh winter elements or dehydrating indoor heating means your skin requires a heavy, thick moisturiser, but now is the time to swap to a lighter product that won’t clog up your pores and result in an oily build-up and breakouts. CosMedix’s Mystic Hydrating treatment uses heavy water instead of oils and is applied as a refreshing mist for ultimate hydration.

Protect yourself

Sun protection should be a must all year round, but if you don’t regularly apply a sunscreen during the winter months, it’s absolutely imperative that it becomes an integral part of your skincare routine throughout spring and summer. Our Cosmedix hydrate SPF17 offers a shield to both UVB and UVA light to protect the deeper skin layers from photo-ageing.

Speed up

During the winter months, cell turnover slows down and our skin can look tired and sluggish. Now is the time to invest in your skin by embarking on a treatment programme of chemical peels to speed up your cell turnover and eliminate any dead skin cells to reveal a glowing complexion.

Tackle any underlying damage

Protecting your skin with a heavy-duty sunscreen is crucial, but what about the damage that has been done in previous years? Often the brown spots that are a result of over exposure to the sun, fade and lighten during the winter months, but as the weather heats up it’s common for them to reappear.

An ideal procedure for the signs of sun damage, such as skin discolouration, brown spots and fine lines, is a CO2 fractional laser. Previously, laser resurfacing removed the whole top layer of the dermis, resulting in a lengthy downtime, but fractional lasers such as the SmartXide deliver the laser energy into the skin in the form of thousands of microscopic ‘dots’. The skin surrounding the dots is undamaged meaning much quicker healing time.

For more advice on how to get your skin into shape this Spring, call 020 7224 2247 to book your consultation.

Dermatologists started to use vitamin A to treat various skin conditions as far back as the 1960s and it was in the 1980s that scientists found that a form of vitamin A called retinol stimulated collagen production to repair damaged skin, whether that was from the ageing process, environmental damage or as a result of acne.

It works by basically telling your skin cells to up their game and start behaving like a younger, healthier cell. By correcting the function of your skin cells there are a number of benefits:

  • it stimulates collagen and elastin production which reduces wrinkles
  • can increase blood flow
  • reduces the symptoms of rosacea and appearance of brown spots or pigmentation
  • exfoliates the skin to make it smoother
  • optimises the skin’s natural defences to UV radiation
  • also functions as a powerful anti-oxidant and is proven to halt and reverse the actions of free radicals
  • as well as its many anti-ageing benefits, vitamin A is also clinically proven to improve acne.

3 top vitamin A skincare products

Retinol has now become a leading ingredient in many skincare formulations but which products should you be looking out for? There are two important considerations when choosing retinol-based products. Firstly, retinol in concentrated form can be highly irritating to the skin and the ‘delivery system’ that is employed is important to minimise side effects such as redness and inflammation. Also, Vitamin A is highly unstable, rapidly breaking down if exposed to air or light, so the product packaging is important.

Prices of retinol-containing skincare products can vary widely but it’s not always the case that the most expensive products deliver the best results. Here we give you three options whatever your beauty budget:

On a budget

Retinol Correxion Sensitive Eye Cream; approximately £20-£23 from various online sites
This eye cream is marketed at sensitive skin because it contains only a very small amount of retinol. Although using a product with a very low concentration of retinol will avoid some of the side effects it will also mean sacrificing some of the benefits.

Great results for a great price

CosMedix Serum 16; £86.19 CosMedix Serum 16. This skincare hero product contains 16% LG-Retinex – a combination of retinol and another form of vitamin A called retinaldehyde, this serum is able to deliver prescription strength results without having to see a doctor. A study of users found that 88% reported firmer skin within two weeks, 75% noticed wrinkles were less visible in four weeks and almost all users reported brighter-looking skin over time.

High-end beauty

Youth Corridor by Dr Gerald Imber RetinUltimate Transforming Gel, £320, exclusively available in UK in Harrods
This product contains a specially patented form of retinol called Retextra which claims to be gentle and non-irritating yet can noticeable reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Although, at that price it should really be a time machine in a jar.

Not ready to opt for the knife? Increasing numbers of men and women are searching for a non-surgical, minimally-invasive alternative to cosmetic surgery designed to lift and tighten the skin. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the number of patients seeking skin tightening procedures is on the rise and has increased by more than 20 per cent over the last five years.

Why does our skin lose elasticity as we age?

Elasticity is determined by the ability of a substance to return to its original shape as opposed to how stretchy it is. If you pull your skin and it very quickly ‘bounces back’ then it is very elastic. However, as we age it tends to move back into position much more slowly and there is often a noticeable sagging to the skin that has caused folds to appear around the nose and mouth and a loss of definition to the jawline.

The elastic properties and structure of the skin is determined by two substances present in the dermis called collagen and elastin. Collagen keeps the skin strong and firm and elastin helps it pop back into shape. A number of factors combine over the years to deplete levels of collagen and elastin in the skin.

Collagen and elastin quickly become prey to oxidative stress caused by the release of free radicals in the skin. These free radicals can be the result of smoking, UV radiation, stress and pollution. Sugar is another big enemy; it causes a process called glycation whereby sugar attaches itself to elastin and collagen, which quickly deteriorate.

The Thermal effect

To accommodate the growing demand for a non-surgical skin tightening treatment, we offer Thermage to patients at our central London aesthetic clinic. Radiofrequency energy is delivered into the skin, gently heating the deep layers of the dermis, stimulating the production of new collagen and elastin and tightening the existing collage in the skin.

Thermage can be used safely on all skin types and can tighten skin on the face and body and is particularly effective on delicate, often difficult to treat areas such as around the eyes.

Thermage can tighten skin, reshape contours and improve the appearance of lines and wrinkles. By stimulating new collagen production as well as tightening existing collagen, not only will you see immediate results, they will continue to improve for up to six months after your procedure.

To find out if you’re suitable for a Thermage skin tightening treatment, call 020 7224 2247 to book a consultation.

Even when times are tight, women – and now men in increasing numbers – invest in their looks and the contribution the beauty industry makes to the economy is now recognised by the UK government.

Leading market research company Mintel found that the UK’s beauty and personal care market was worth almost £17 billion in 2014 and reached new highs in 2015. One interesting trend has been the increase in popularity of the male skincare sector and we have certainly seen a rise in male patients seeking aesthetic treatments in recent years.

The aesthetic industry is largely female-facing as women are still, by and large, the main client base but a desire to appear dynamic and youthful, particularly in a competitive work environment, and the growing social acceptability of aesthetic procedures have meant more and more men are embarking on a personal grooming regime that includes Botox and fillers.

No downtime

Generally, the focus of the male markets seems to be minimally-invasive procedures with less downtime, whether that’s due to an inability to factor in a recovery period that may entail a few weeks off work or an unwillingness to reveal they have undergone an aesthetic or anti-ageing treatment.

Gender differences

The first step in treating male patients is understanding the differences in anatomy and skin behaviour, particularly in terms of ageing, between men and women. Male skin tends to be thicker than female skin and men generally have increased sebum and sweat production. Increased sebaceous gland activity is why men tend to have larger pore sizes. Male skin will also often be more sensitive to UV damage and wound healing can take longer than with the thinner skin of women.

An aesthetic practitioner with excellent knowledge of facial anatomy is a must; differences in bone and muscular structure of the face must be accounted for. Thicker skin combined with more prominent musculature means that men will usually develop deeper facial lines and wrinkles than women.

To find out which aesthetic treatments can provide a subtle and natural enhancement with minimal downtime call 020 7224 2247 to book a consultation.

If you want radiant skin for a hot date or plan to treat yourself this Valentine’s, then a targeted brightening skin peel is an effective rejuvenation treatment that reveals and enhances your natural beauty.

Love your skin

Cleopatra, the ultimate love goddess, who seduced the most powerful men of her time, was well aware of the skin rejuvenating benefits of skin peels. According to legend, she would bathe in ass’s milk which provided a mild lactic acid peel. Skin peels are just as popular as ever as they can tackle a wide range of skin and ageing concerns, without resorting to the needle or knife:

  • Greatly enhancing the overall appearance of the skin
  • Reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles, particularly in hard-to-treat areas where the skin is delicate and thin, such as the décolletage or around the eyes
  • Correcting areas of pigmentation caused by sun damage
  • Improving acne scarring the appearance of mild scars, skin blemishes and sun damage
  • Treating mild acne
  • Diminishing the appearance of age spots freckles and age spots
  • Boosting collagen production
  • Enhancing skin texture, minimising pores

Which skin peel should I choose?

Skin peels use different products and formulations to target a number of different concerns. Alpha Hydroxy Acid Skin Peels use natural acids, such as glycolic and lactic acids to gently remove the top layer of dead skin cells that equal a dull and marked complexion. Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA) is an acetic acid that can go much deeper, producing more dramatic results but with more downtime and more potential complications.

For a quick skin pick-up this Valentine’s, a Pomegranate Brigthening Peel is suitable for all skin types including sensitive or dry skin, stimulating cell turnover to reveal a glowing, radiant complexion.

To find out more about this offer, give us a call on 020 7224 2247.