In other sections of this website I have mentioned the use of Botox to reduce wrinkles, the use of Dermal Fillers to restore a youthful look and the daily use of creams to replenish aging skin.
There are a number of alternative treatments offered by “skin specialist” to improve skin quality. All of the treatments have one thing in common, they injure the skin (normally in a controlled way). I know this sounds crazy, but when the skin is injured it has to heal and when it heals the new skin looks younger and fresher.
The following is a summary of some of the main treatments on offer.
Is sometimes referred to as “skin polishing”. The skin is injured by spraying it under pressure with fine particles. The treatment is minimally invasive, normally carried out weekly over 6 weeks and requires no anaesthetic.
The problem with this treatment is that it does not make any real difference to your skin quality. This is why I do not offer this treatment at my Botox/Azzalure and filler clinic in Newbury, Berkshire.
Dermabrasion removes the upper layers of the skin, normally using either a diamond fraise or a wire brush. It is more aggressive than microdermabrasion, but if done correctly has a better outcome. Dermabrasion normally has a downtime of 2 weeks and local anaesthetic is required. Again, I do not offer this treatment at my Botox/Azzalure and filler clinic in Newbury, Berkshire. This is because of the downtime and the process is crude.
Microneedling involves rolling over the skin using a derma roller or derma pen with needles that can penetrate the skin normally up to 1mm. There is a limited downtime and only a topical anaesthetic cream is needed. A 6 weekly course of treatment is normally required in order to see noticeable improvements. I do not offer this treatment at my Botox/Azzalure and filler clinic in Newbury, Berkshire. Although this treatment is a step up from dermabrasion considering the expense and downtime it is not worth the trouble.
This is the controlled removal of the top layer of skin using chemicals. The depth of the peel will depend largely on the chemical used. Chemical peels can be divided into superficial, medium and deep. The deeper the peel the greater the potential for skin rejuvenation, but the greater the downtime.
There is no doubt that a chemical peel can help. However, only the deeper peels will show a significant improvement in skin quality. However, taking into account the downtime and cost is why I do not offer this treatment at my Botox/Azzalure and filler clinic in Newbury, Berkshire.
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
IPL is a high intensity light source which causes heat damage to skin, followed by healing. There is little downtime, but a number of treatments are normally required. IPL machines are less expensive than lasers which why they are so popular in many of the skin care clinics. In the right hands patients sun damaged skin will often see a significant improvement.
Lasers are expensive to buy, which is why they are not found in the average high street aesthetic clinic. The right Laser operated by an experienced operator can produce excellent results. With noticeable improvements in skin quality.
This skin tightening system is rapidly becoming more popular and has only recently been introduced. Morpheus8 is a subdermal fractional micro-needling radio frequency technology. The makers claim to achieve superior skin tightening, lifting and contouring by restoring the natural collagen and elastin in the skin.
This could be one of the treatments of the future.
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Dr Peter L. Lawson
BDS Dentistry (Wales)
FDS RCPS Dentistry (Glasgow)
M.Sc. Nutritional Medicine (Surrey University)
PG Dip. Skin Ageing and Aesthetic Medicine (Manchester University)
Marnie L. Lawson
Dip ION Nutritional Therapy
NEBDN Dental Nurse
Facial Aesthetic Nurse