The Effects of Ageing on the Skin from the Ages 30-70
Ageing is something that we all have to go through. If there is one guarantee in life, it is that eventually, we will age – and naturally, it will have an effect on our face and body. Some people start to see the appearance of wrinkles, sagging skin and fine lines from as young as twenty-five, while others experience these later in life, regardless of when the first signs appear it can have a severe knock on your confidence.
With the creation of social media and the new-found focus on getting perfect ‘selfies’, more people than ever are looking for ways to halt the ageing process. Surgery has fallen out of fashion due to the expense, risks and long recovery times. But, there are many alternative non-surgical options that men and women can consider if they want to turn back the hands of time.
With so many options available, trying to find the right procedure for you can be confusing. It is important to understand why and how our skin ages so that you feel informed on how the treatments will work for you. Read the following to learn more about our skin, and the different treatments that you can use to erase the signs of ageing.
Skin Becomes Drier
As you age, your sebaceous glands produce less oil, which makes it harder for your skin to stay moist, resulting in dry and itchy skin. For women, this gradually happens at the beginning of menopause, whereas it is much later in life for men.
Also, a reduction in the chemical Hyaluronic Acid (HA) can also cause dry and rough skin. This can make both men and women self-conscious and feel uncomfortable in their skin.
Skin Starts to Sag
Changes in the connective tissue can reduce the skin’s strength and elasticity. It is known as elastosis, and is more noticeable in sun-exposed areas, producing the leathery skin most often associated with farmers, sailors and others who spend the majority of their time outdoors.
The sun does this as it’s ultraviolet light damages certain fibres in the skin called elastin. This breaks them down, reducing the elasticity in the skin causing it to sag. Whereas when we were younger and our skin would snap back after stretching, as we age this stops, due to the increased sun exposure.
Facial expressions are a significant factor in the formation of wrinkles. When we repeatedly smile, frown or squint we are creating fine lines and wrinkles in our skin. This is because each time a person uses a facial muscle, a groove forms under the surface of the skin. And, as we grow older, the production of collagen in our body decreases. Collagen is the most common protein in our body, found in the bones, muscles, skin and tendons. It holds the body together, providing structure and strength. So, with less of this, these wrinkles and lines become more noticeable and permanent.
What Can I Do?
Not everyone is opposed to ageing, but for those who don’t like their appearance, there is a solution. For most surgery isn’t an option, it is too expensive and too risky. However, there is a whole area of the cosmetics world dedicated to non-surgical and non-invasive treatments. These procedures all have outstanding results similar to those achieved through surgery, but the treatments can also be used together to create a personalised treatment plan that leaves you looking ten years younger.
Below are some of the best treatments for common symptoms of ageing such as wrinkles and sagging skin. Read on to learn more about them and the benefits they can have you for.
Collagen Induction Therapy
Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT), also known as micro-needling, is a hugely popular treatment. This is because it is specifically designed to target the effects of ageing, as well as scarred skin. It uses a titanium device that is rolled across the skin, puncturing it with thousands of tiny micro-needles. While this does sound scary, it is not a painful process. It creates little puncture wounds that trigger the body’s natural healing process, stimulating the production of new tissue, collagen and elastin. These improve the skin’s condition, tightening sag and removing wrinkles.
For optimal results it is recommended to take a course of four treatments, usually one every six weeks. The full results are visible after four to six weeks with the skin appearing rejuvenated and youthful
HIFU, also known as the Non-Surgical Facelift is a lifting and firming treatment designed for those seeking to turn back time and regain a youthful appearance. It works by delivering a high intensity focused ultrasound to the deepest layers of the skin, penetrating all the way to the sub-dermal levels. This causes injury to the underlying tissue which kick-starts the body’s healing process. Here, similar to the collagen induction therapy, the healing process stimulates the production of collagen, causing the skin to tighten.
The treatment works from the ‘inside out’ as the lower levels of the tissue need to repair to show the results on the surface of the skin. So, results gradually build over two to three months and can improve for up to six months as the skin continues to produce fresh collagen. Over this time wrinkles will be smoothed away, and the skin texture will vastly improve. This leaves you with a youthful appearance and a glowing complexion that you may not have had in years.
Precision Lift SkinPen
The Precision Lift SkinPen is endorsed by the world’s leading plastic surgeons, dermatologists and medical professionals. It is a medical grade, state-of-the-art micro-needling device which is the only FDA approved device currently in the UK. While there are lots of other devices such as the Dermapen, (which leading medics are using), they are not FDA approved and will soon be banned.
The Precision Lift SkinPen is used to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and scars on the face and body by a controlled induction of the skin’s self-healing process. The SkinPen creates thousands of micro-injuries in the dermis, automatically triggering new collagen production. While this does seem scary – and painful – it isn’t and doesn’t leave any scar tissue either.
It is also perfect for a personalised procedure as the variable depth of the SkinPen, and its cordless design means it can be very versatile. So, it can be used in many areas of the body, no matter the damage, such as the face, neck, arms, hands, chest, legs, abdomen and even back.
Hopefully, after reading this blog, you understand how and why we show the signs of ageing, and that there are ways to halt it in its steps and reverse time on our bodies. There are so many treatments beyond the ones stated here that can help you achieve the cosmetic look you desire, so contact us today for more information. Aesthetics of Liverpool has a well-established reputation for delivering high-quality procedures in a safe and luxurious environment with industry-leading experts at hand.