Our skin bears the brunt of many stresses as we age, including sun exposure, poor skincare, poor diet and various other lifestyle choices like smoking. In addition to this environmental onslaught, natural production of collagen and elastin – the proteins that give skin its youthful and plump appearance – slow down and this makes the skin ‘hang’, giving rise to fine lines and wrinkles. Loss of facial volume also occurs as we age; changes in facial contours through loss of fat, bone and cartilage gives a sunken and drooping appearance to the skin.
Although ageing cannot be fully prevented, there are certain steps that slow down this process and make the skin look better for longer. As well as limiting environmental and lifestyle damage (e.g. by quitting smoking and using ‘broad spectrum’ sun cream which protects from UVA and UVB rays), adopting a skincare regime containing anti-ageing and anti-oxidant products such as those with retinol (Vitamin A), L-ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs)can be useful in slowing down the ageing process. In addition, minimally invasive procedures such as anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers can compliment a good skincare regime. Anti-wrinkle injections are an effective way of treating fine lines around the eyes (crow’s feet) as well as lines on the forehead and between the eyebrows. Dermal fillers are also useful in slowing down the sands of time. Proper use of dermal fillers restores fullness in the face and can be used to treat facial asymmetry, thin lips and sunken cheekbones.
Contact us to book a complimentary consultation with Dr Stephen Humble, Consultant in Aesthetic Medicine, who can design a complete package of anti-ageing treatments to suit your skincare needs, regardless of age.