There’s no doubt that the anti-ageing business is huge. From creams, oils and serums that you can pick up from your local beauty counter to surgical interventions such as the facelift, there is a whole range of products and treatments that promise to ‘turn back the clock’.
But, what does that actually mean? We know that plump smooth skin, rounded cheeks and a taut jawline are characteristics associated with a youthful face and we are well aware of how these qualities vanish as we age.
What has changed in recent years is how we treat ageing concerns as more and more is understood about the ageing process and its impact on our skin. A ‘wind tunnel’ facelift where the face is pulled tight and excess skin removed is now seen as passé. A subtle and beautiful rejuvenation of the skin, where you look good for your age, is now the holy grail for patients that visit our central London anti-ageing clinic.
At Wimpole Aesthetics we take a holistic approach to rejuvenation that may combine a number of procedures to achieve the optimum results – any practitioner who says they’ll be able to reverse the ageing process with just one treatment or procedure is misleading you.
The first step is a thorough consultation with our Medical Director Dr Joshua Berkowitz who has many years’ experience in anti-ageing treatments. The aim is to find a treatment programme that fits your budget and will fulfil your expectations.
Here’s a guide to how we tackle the key ageing concerns at our aesthetic clinic based in central London:
Ageing concern: Loss of moisture
Young skin has high levels of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring component of the dermis that attracts moisture and keeps your face looking plump and hydrated. As we age, those levels deplete; a process which can be speeded up by lifestyle factors such as smoking and sun damage.
Treatment Tip: Hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers
These can restore hydration to the skin and reverse the fine lines that appear as a result of low levels of hyaluronic acid. At Wimpole Aesthetics we offer only the leading brands that have good safety records and give predictable and highly satisfactory results.
Ageing Concern: Loss of volume
As we age not only do hyaluronic acid levels deplete but so does the amount of collagen in the dermis. Collagen forms the support structure of the skin so when it start to disappear you see the pockets of fat in the face shifting, particularly in the mid-face and around the eyes. This can leave you with flattened cheeks, hollows around the eyes, deep folds around the mouth and nose and laxness on the jawline.
Treatment Tip: Sculptra
Sculptra aims to restore and correct this procedure by stimulating collagen production. Over a few treatments, you’ll see a thickening of the skin and a subtle and beautiful lift that can reverse deep folds and restore volume to the mid-face.
Ageing Concern: Sagging skin
Another component of the skin that we now know is incredibly important but starts to vanish as you age is elastin. These fibres support the skin and without them the skin becomes lax and starts to sag.
Treatment Tip: Pelleve
This is a non-invasive skin tightening and lifting procedure that, without discomfort and downtime, can tighten skin on the face and neck. Utilising radiofrequency energy it encourages the elastin fibres to contract and at the same time it encourages collagen production which will mean an overall improvement of the skin quality.
To learn more about Pelleve or any of the skin rejuvenation procedures we offer or to book a consultation with Dr Joshua Berkowitz to talk through your ageing concerns, give us a call on 020 7224 2247.