Why 10 years is a long time in terms of aging

A lot of exciting developments are happening in the field of anti-ageing studies that may bear fruit in the near future. For now though, there are means of recognising what happens to the skin decade on decade and what we can do at each stage to counteract the processes.

It was thought until recently that the skin’s signs of ageing happened all at once at the age of 35. However, it has been revealed that different cell processes change at each decade until the cumulative effects are evident.

Not all people age at the same rate due to different lifestyles and genetic makeup, but generally women in their early 20s experience a decline in the natural production of antioxidants protecting the cells from damage. Most people believe that the application of sun cream and moisturiser is enough. But this is actually the best time to begin using antioxidant products such as stabilized vitamin C, vitamin E, green tea extract, and fruit acids.

In your 30s, your metabolism slows down. The skin is less efficient at creating collagen providing integrity, firmness and elasticity. The repair process is also diminished. To raise the skin’s energy levels, you can take niacinamide (Vitamin B3) supplements.

At age 40, the skin cell processes are starting to lag. This is when the cells’ powers of division and growth is impaired, the time when the natural life cycle of skin cells is arrested. This can affect your complexion in many ways. To counteract these effects, retinol, glycolic acid and peptides are recommended.

Menopause usually occurs in the mid-50s. This is when the skin barrier weakens, causing the skin to dry and become less able to stay hydrated. Rich moisturisers are recommended, including oils and petrolatum.

By the time you reach your 60s, typically all of the ageing processes accelerate dramatically. Fortunately there are interventions you can bring into play even at this age. Exercise particularly. It has been proven in studies that the protein structure of skin can be revitalised by taking up aerobic exercise. Jogging or cycling twice a week can actually transform the skin of a 65 year-old so that it more closely resembles that of 20 to 40 year-olds!

Of course, we’re not able to turn back the clock and nourish the skin at each of the stages of life mentioned above. We understand that you will want to consider in tandem with healthier living, simple procedures such as dermal fillers and Botox, to achieve a younger appearance. We’re here to offer you a consultation.

Are you summer ready

Summer is stuttering into action. Time to mothball the winter layers and expose a bit of flesh. To enjoy the sun and your summer wardrobe. But for some, summer has become a season to dread. For them, it’s a time to keep covered up. And all because they probably don’t know that they can be helped with the minimum of fuss, in the quickest time and with the least amount of pain or discomfort.

Yes, we’re talking skin tags. Skin tags shouldn’t be embarrassing. They’re extremely common. Most people will develop them in their lifetime on the neck, armpits, around the groin, or under the breasts. They can also grow on the eyelids or under the folds of the buttocks. In summer, wearing a swimsuit, a bikini or a miniskirt is going to reveal untreated skin tags. And that’s why a lot more people look to do something about them in the summer months.

The procedure, as described on this site, typically takes 5 to 30 seconds, so you can easily fit a treatment into a working day. So, no more feeling embarrassed stripping off to enjoy the pool or the water park on holiday.

Also, while you’re thinking of preparing to flash a bit of flesh, don’t forget there are other ways of shaping up. Over winter, when you wrap up, your skins surface becomes rougher and duller. You can get your skin looking smoother and glowing by exfoliating. By scrubbing away the dead skin cells.

Wet an area of skin, then gently rub with an exfoliant (available from any pharmacy – or it can be homemade) in a circular motion. Without rubbing too hard, so you avoid damaging the superficial layers of skin, keep up the motion to achieve a healthy glow.

You may want to attend to unwanted hair you’ve let grow over winter when you’ve covered up. Now might be the time to apply shaving lotion and shave using a good razor so as to avoid any nicks or cuts. You may also want to consult a professional when you want unwanted hair removed. That’s something else we can offer you – a laser hair removal procedure.
Laser skin treatments can also be used to treat stretch marks.

So, if you’re ready to liberate yourself, to enjoy summer to the max, come talk to us about skin tag removal. We’d like to offer you a free, friendly consultation and if you want to go ahead book you in for a treatment at your convenience.

What is cellulite and how do I reduce it

There are misconceptions about cellulite, what it is, how you get it and what can be done if you do. So, let’s take a look at those issues here.

Cellulite is the dimpled, lumpy, orange peel appearance to the skin, predominantly found on the buttocks and thighs. It’s formed by fat deposits pushing through the connective tissue under the skin. Women are mostly affected due to them having different distributions of fat, muscle, and connective tissue to men. In their lifetime, 80 to 90% of women will experience cellulite formation.

Cellulite is more prevalent in people who have excess fat, but slim and even physically fit people can have it too. It is more likely to occur after the age of 25 years, but it can affect younger people as well, including teenagers.

It’s a widely held belief that toxins cause cellulite. This is a fallacy. It does though appear to result from an interaction between the connective tissue that lies just under the skin and the layer of fat cells sat just below it.

There are a manifold of factors affecting the deposition of cellulite. One is age and hormonal changes. It’s thought that the dip in oestrogen levels with age is accompanied by a reduction of blood flow, hence oxygen supply, to the connective tissue. The production of collagen – a protein fibre that strengthens and cushions the connective tissue – decreases at the same time that oestrogen reduction causes fat cells to enlarge. Hence, more fat cells rupture the connective tissues above them and become more visible just below the skin surface.

In some, there is a genetic component to cellulite development. Genes control a person’s metabolic rate, the distribution of fat under the skin and circulatory levels. All things that will affect the chance of cellulite developing.

There are ways you can change your lifestyle to reduce the formation of cellulite. By cutting back on, or stopping, smoking; eating less fat, carbohydrates and salt; and eating more fibre. And also by increasing exercise. Cellulite is likely more experienced in those who sit or stand in one position for long periods of time. Avoid wearing underwear with elastic that sits tight across the buttocks too – another contributory factor, acting to restrict the flow of blood.

There are a number of cellulite reduction treatments available today. One which can be effective for several years, that we recommend and offer here at the studio, accomplishes cellulite reduction using the BTL Exilis Elite system.

How can a non-surgical facelift help rejuvenate the skin

Have you ever considered having a facelift, but couldn’t bear the thought of going under the knife?

Good news. It is possible to actually treat a whole host of signs of ageing without resorting to surgery. Jowls, sagging cheeks that create ‘sausage lines’ around the mouth, skin blotchiness, age spot pigmentation, frown lines and hollowness under the eyes as well as deep grooves creating a frown around the mouth. All are treatable with non-surgical facelift, skin-tightening procedures, which are quick to perform and require very little recovery time.

So what are these procedures?

Dermal Fillers
These are injected into lower areas of the face in order to add facial volume. To treat sagging cheeks and jowls, which occur due to a loss of facial volume. The filler can also be used to plump up the skin to fill lines and spaces, most commonly on the cheeks, the lips, the lines that form from the nose to the mouth, called nasolabial folds and from the mouth to the chin, the marionette lines. Cosmetically too, flaws such as scar indentations and sunken areas of the face can be filled. Dermal fillers are sometimes applied under the eyes and in the temples.

Fat Transfer
Similar to dermal fillers, fat transfer addresses volume loss. Fat is taken from areas of the body and injected where it’s required, to counteract laugh lines, smile lines, crow’s feet, acne scars, skin depressions, concave cheeks and to reshape lips.

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), Ultrasound and Laser Treatments
IPL and lasers can work in conjunction with skin care products to reduce skin pigmentation, blotchiness and redness as well as eliminate fine lines.
Ultrasound is used in a therapy known as ‘ultherapy’, which can be used to treat and lift the entire face. Its subtle and can produce permanent results.

Kybella
This is a naturally occurring injectable chemical that destroys fat cells in the treatment area under the chin to improve your profile. It can be tried before you resort to correcting your jawline with surgery.

Botox
Discussed in detail on this site (click here). Botox is injected into the muscle so it can no longer contract and form a wrinkle.

Laser Lifts
Lasers guided under the skin melts fat and tightens the skin. Laser lifts treat the lower face and neck to create permanent results by chiselling and sculpting. These can be used in conjunction with the rejuvenation techniques already outlined.

Skin Tag Removal

Skin tags are benign outgrowths of skin. Often they grow in the folds of the skin, commonly on the neck, armpits, and around the eyes.

In cases where they are visible, many people choose to have them removed as a cosmetic procedure. Tags can range in number; size; and colour not always the same as your normal skin tone. They are more prevalent in older and overweight people who tend to have developed more folds of skin.

There are a number of ways you can have skin tags removed depending on personal preference. Here’s a brief overview:

Cutting Skin Tags Off

Your doctor may elect to cut off larger skin tags. They do this by numbing the area before removing the tag with a scalpel. Usually there is minimal bleeding, though this will depend on the size. If the doctor is concerned about the characteristics of the tag, they might perform a medical biopsy and send it to a lab for testing.

Burning Skin Tags Off

Dermatologists may opt to cauterise skin tags using an electric current passed through a wire. When very hot, the wire is applied to the tag in order to burn off the skin layers. A scab will form, which in time will simply drop off. The skin shade will also fade over time.

Tying Off Skin Tags

Another skin tag removal technique is called ‘ligation’. The dermatologist ties off the tag at its base in order to cut off its blood supply. This causes the cells of the tag to die and for it to then drop off. The procedure takes around 7 to 10 days. It’s relatively painless and easy to perform.

Freezing Skin Tags Off

This method, known as ‘cryotherapy’ is the one we employ. Liquid nitrogen is directed as a fine jet under high pressure from an instrument called a ‘CryoPen’. This freezes and destroys the cells of the skin tag, causing very little discomfort. Just a slight stinging sensation for a few minutes. The tag pigment will darken over time and the outgrowth will fall off within a week or two. The area of skin treated will then heal quickly.

It’s possible to buy a product over the counter of a chemist’s that can be used to remove tags, called ‘Compound W Freeze Off’. It’s safe to use and can remove tags relatively quickly, though users post mixed reviews on its efficacy.