Expert advice: treatments for the ageing face

PUBLISHED: 16:12 16 June 2009 | UPDATED: 15:25 20 February 2013

Dr Dan Dhuma

Dr Dan Dhuma

Let's face it: you're not getting any younger so what do you choose if you want to stave off the ravages of time? Dr Dan Dhunna, medical aesthetics director, of The Westminster Clinic (Rogers Medical) in Stratford-upon-Avon outlines the options

Let's face it: you're not getting any younger so what do you choose if you want to stave off the ravages of time? Dr Dan Dhunna, medical aesthetics director, of The Westminster Clinic (Rogers Medical) in Stratford-upon-Avon outlines the options

As demand for medical aesthetics grows so do the number of different treatments. The greatest growth by far has occurred in the non-surgical market with the number of treatments such as BOTOX™, dermal fillers and chemical peels sky-rocketing, becoming more affordable and not just limited to celebrities.

As well as being the most commonly treated area, the face is also the most complicated area to treat with a variety of different concerns.

A good aesthetician will not only discuss the patient's ideas, concerns and expectations but will be able to determine the correct treatment plan for them. To do this a detailed assessment of the patient's lifestyle and degree of facial ageing must be made.

Protect to prevent

The face ages in many ways. Harmful UVA and UVB sun rays burn and damage skin. Even on cloudy days, 80 per cent of these harmful rays penetrate through. Daily use of broad spectrum high factor sun creams and medical grade anti-oxidants such as Skinceuticals' award-winning CE Ferulic is vital. Sunblocks can be either chemical or physical blocks but it is better to consider a medical grade product as those on sale in the high street vary considerably.

Laser treatment

For patients with sun damage or those wanting to 'freshen up', medical grade chemical peels containing glycolic acid or TCA can be worthwhile as can revolutionary light and laser treatment such as IPL (Intense Pulse Light). The Lumenis One, combines two types of laser technology - IPL and Nd:Yag - allowing it to regenerate skin as well as treating age spots, broken capillaries, spider and leg veins. Whereas the Aluma can tighten and strengthen lax skin tissue safely.

Botox

Botulinum Toxin Type A treatments such as BOTOX™ are excellent at relaxing hyperactive muscles which over time have led to crows feet, horizontal forehead lines and frown lines in the overlying skin. By partially relaxing the muscles,the skin is sent on a 3 to 4 month "holiday" leading to a natural and relaxed look. It is important to choose the right medical practitioner as experience and results vary and BOTOX™ is a prescription only medication.

Dermal fillers

Treatments in advanced hands are effectively pain free and can be combined in the mid and lower face with dermal fillers.

Hyaluronic Acid (HA), a natural substance found in the skin, gives volume by attracting water keeping the skin hydrated and supple. It also has an effect on producing collagen, the scaffolding and support to the skin which like HA naturally decrease with the ageing process. This leads to loss of volume and lines especially around the mouth and lower face. Dermal fillers like Softline and Juvederm Ultra replace this lost volume, correcting folds and creases and have the benefit over other products because they produce softer, more natural results and can last for up to 12 months. Juvederm Ultra has the additional benefit of comprising local anaesthetic so making the procedure even more comfortable.

Liquid face lift

Loss of supportive fat and shrinking cheek and jaw bones from the mid 30s onward lead to thinning skin. hollow temples, significant facial sag and the development of folds around the nose and mouth.

Sculptra, also know as 'Liquid Face Lift' works with your own body stimulating its own collagen production and replacing this lost volume. This is a gradual but significant process over several months but results last on average for three years.

Contact: The Westminster Clinic (part of the Rogers Medical Group), Arden Street, Stratford upon Avon CV37 6HJ, can be contacted on 01789 414203, www.westminsterclinic.co.uk, info@westminsterclinic.co.uk

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