As we age our skin loses its elasticity, because it produces fewer and fewer collagen and elastin fibres. This results in the weakening of connective tissue causing the skin to lose its tone. The skin becomes flabby, and wrinkles are formed, which due to gravity develop downwards resulting in sagging cheeks, jowls and drooping eyelids.
What treatments are available?
Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) – Upper and lower eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty can help restore a more youthful appearance by tightening droopy or hooded eyelids and removing fatty pouches beneath the eyes.
Brow Lift – The muscles under the skin of the forehead that cause lines can be released to help create a smoother brow. This can be performed using an endoscopic forehead or brow lift.
Face Lift – A face lift or rhytidectomy can reduce the appearance of loose skin and wrinkles around the cheeks and neck, by tightening the muscles and removing excess skin and fat, restoring a more youthful look.
Consultation for above surgical procedures are provided at the Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic by Miss Anita Hazari, Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon.
Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing
Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing only treat small zones within a target area, allowing a quicker recovery. This technology was first introduced in 2003 as the Fraxel™ laser machine. Other manufacturers rapidly expanded their product ranges in this niche area to meet the growing demand. At the Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic, we offer the Lux 1540™ Fractional device from Palomar. This is a 1540nm erbium glass fibre non-ablative laser, which is delivered to the skin in tiny micro beams, in combination with contact cooling of the skin’s surface.
The Lux 1540™ can penetrate up to a depth of 1mm into the skin, whilst also leaving the skin’s surface intact, creating tiny columns of treated tissue which are surrounded by the healthy tissue.
It is used for skin rejuvenation / resurfacing, which includes:
- the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles and improvement of deeper wrinkles,
- repair of sun damaged skin on the face, neck, décolletage and hands,
- the reduction of age spots and blemishes, acne scars and hyperpigmentation
What are the side effects?
For several hours afterwards the skin will feel tight and have the appearance of a “sunburned” look. The skin will continue to look “pinkish” for 2 – 7 days and any swelling, which should be minimal, usually disappears after 1 – 3 days. As the skin heals itself, you will find mild to moderate skin flaking, which may last for up to 2 weeks.
How many sessions will I need?
A course of 3 – 5 sessions at monthly intervals is usually recommended. Optimal improvement after fractional treatment is usually visible in about 2 – 3 months as collagen remodelling and skin tightening continues.
What is the cost?
The lip and chin area , or crow’s feet area are £350 per session, £1000 for a course of three.
Medical Skin Needling (Dermaroller)
Also referred to as Collagen Induction Therapy and Micro-Needling, it is aimed at stimulating the body’s own collagen production to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, including the delicate areas around the eyes, mouth and neck. It can also be used to treat stretch marks, skin laxity and scarring such as that caused by acne or chicken pox.
How does it work?
It involves the use of a disposable, sterile Dermaroller to create a multitude of tiny puncture wounds to the dermis which induces the release of growth factors that stimulate the production of new collagen and elastin. In the case of MEDICAL rollers this is within the papillary dermal layer of the skin where collagen and elastin fibres are located. COSMETIC rollers, used by beauty therapists, however reach a much shallower level ,where they mainly aid absorption of topical ingredients.
This “damage” to the dermis encourages the body to produce new collagen and elastin, to literally “repair” itself, thus the skin becomes smoother, plumper and more youthful.
What are the side effects?
After the procedure, the skin will be red and flushed, similar in appearance to moderate sunburn. There will also be some skin tightness and mild sensitivity. This will diminish greatly after a few hours and within the next 48 hours your skin will be completely healed. After 5 days there is barely any evidence that the procedure has taken place.
How many sessions will I need?
Visible signs of rejuvenation are seen after just 6-8 weeks following procedure and continue for up to a year. A course of 3 to 5 sessions at 6-8 week intervals is usually recommended to achieve optimum results; however most will notice skin improvement after just 1 session.
What does it cost?
Each session is £360, a course of three is £1000.
Facial Lifting with threads is a quick, minimally invasive option for those people where gravity has started to take hold of their face and the skin has started to sag; but who as yet are not good candidates for a surgical facelift, which removes large areas of excessive skin, fat and tissue. Using a needle and either barbed or smooth sutures your clinician can tighten and lift the skin on your cheeks, brows, jaw line and neck without the need to cut your skin. This procedure does not produce changes as drastic as the traditional facelift and is not permanent, lasting a few years; therefore, it is best suited to younger patients (generally 30 to 50 years old) who require only moderate facial rejuvenation.
Dermal Fillers, Botulinum Toxin injections and Chemical Peels can be used in combination to give a soft lifting effect which can complement the above treatments for rejuvenation. Further information is available for these separately.
What is the cost of treatment?
£100 (deducted from the cost of Botox or Fillers within 3 months) with Dr. Alice Hudson-Peacock, Specialty Doctor in Dermatology
Treatments offered by our Beauty Therapists:
Microdermabrasion helps improve the texture and appearance of the skin using a stream of fine micro particles which partially removes the outermost layer of the skin and stimulates new cell growth, visibly reducing fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation, and stretch marks, making the skin far smoother with a more youthful glow.
In the Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic we use a medical grade microdermabrasion machine with a pulsed oxygen feed. The pulsed oxygen pressure is used to push the active ingredients into the deeper layers of the skin to stimulate cell renewal.
There is a bespoke range of microdermabrasion treatments e.g. anti-acne, anti-pigmentation, energising, anti-cellulite etc. Some stretch marks respond well to this treatment and some people can achieve a reduction in the appearance of brown age spots. Treatments start at £65 per session.
So no matter what your questions or needs, you can contact our friendly team on 01227 472288 to find out more.