As we age our skin naturally loses the radiant glow of youth. Photoaging, also referred to as extrinsic aging is predominantly caused by exposure to ultraviolent waves (UV) from the sun over a long period of time. Sun damage, caused by exposure to these UV rays, speeds up the process of photoaging through the breakdown of collagen and elastin in skin cells. The loss of collagen and elastin causes the skin to sag and lose its firmness. Sun exposure may be the biggest cause of premature skin aging but there are other major causes such as smoking, pollution, alcohol, poor diet and repeated facial expressions. Eventually our lifetime of accumulated sun exposure wears down our natural shields. Our skin comes under direct attack, and we begin to see more clearly the signs of aging: wrinkles, sagging skin, enlarged pores, freckling, and spider veins.
Rejuvenation is the process of reversing these signs of aging and restoring your skin to its previous youthful appearance. Here at The London Dermatology CentreTM we offer the following treatments to rejuvenate your skin to its former glory.
Microdermabrasion is an effective treatment for giving you fresher, younger looking skin. It is used to improve the appearance of fine lines, black heads, acne scars, stretch marks, age spots, large pores, pigmentation and sun damage. Microdermabrasion is a method of deep exfoliation through the application of special medical grade crystals. These tiny crystals are used to buff away the top surface layer of skin that contains the dead skin cells and is home to minor skin imperfections such as fine wrinkles and acne scarring. Special crystals used in the microdermabrasion procedure break down the top layer of skin stimulating the production of new collagen and exposing the newer, healthier skin below.
The DermaPen uses microneedles to create a controlled area of trauma using an electronic device that resembles a pen. The DermaPen is moved backwards and forwards across the skin as the microneedles automatically go in and out of the device around 1000 times a minute. After the procedure your skin may be slightly red. This can last up to 4 days depending on the depth and intensity of the treatment you have.
The IPL treatment can also be used to visibly reduce the signs of ageing and the damage caused by sun exposure, trauma, illness and other lifestyle factors. The IPL system regenerates the skin by stimulating the production of collagen over a period of time. This improves the skin's elasticity, texture and can help to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. The Lumenis One IPL machine used at The London Dermatology Centre comes with a range of heads and filters that are treatment-specific. This allows our experienced team to deliver an individually tailored treatment according to your skin type.
Fraxel is a treatment that uses fractional laser technology to treat minor to severe skin damage. The Fraxel laser is an effective treatment for scarring, sun spots, wrinkles and other signs of aging. The laser targets both the superficial and the deeper layers of the skin giving a smoother, fresher and more youthful appearance. It is an effective treatment for anywhere on the body. The Fraxel treatment is carried out by one of our highly trained specialists. During your initial consultation the specialist will discuss the procedure with you and come up with a personalised treatment plan. For the best results it is recommended that patients have 3 to 6 sessions of Fraxel treatment. Each Fraxel treatment will take between 20 to 30 minutes.
The Clear + Brilliant treatment is a revolutionary non-invasive laser treatment that fights the natural effects aging has on skin. This gentle treatment helps improve dull, sun damaged skin by creating a more even skin canvas. The Clear + Brilliant laser treatment is most often used to help prevent the signs of ageing and to reduce the appearance of open pores. It can also reduce the appearance of scars, excess pigmentation, tighten pores and improve overall skin texture and tone. The procedure is comfortable, affordable and safe for all skin tones. Clear + Brilliant is perfect for both men and women who want a radiant, youthful glow with minimal downtime. Reduce the signs of aging and keep your skin looking younger and glowing in just 4 to 6 treatments.
Aluma is the perfect treatment for anyone looking for smoother, tighter and more youthful skin. Skin laxity can be a problem in many facial areas such as the jowls and under eye bags as well as elsewhere on the body. The Aluma treatment is a rejuvenating procedure using radiofreqency technology to improve skin laxity and texture. The deeper layers of skin are heated by radio waves to stimulate the production of new collagen. This plumps and tightens skin giving it a smoother, fresher appearance.
Radio frequency is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure to help smooth, tighten, contour and temporarily reduce the appearance of cellulite. It can help treat sagging skin, lack of definition in the jaw line, loose jowls, sagging neck skin, wrinkles and fine lines. Radio frequency uses electrical pulses to target and penetrate the under layer of skin using heat to stimulate collagen production. During the procedure you will feel a brief deep heating sensation. Results should be visible immediately and improve over a period of two to six months. Treatment sites include: face, area surround the lip, outer orbit area of the eyes, arms, thighs, abdomen, hands and buttocks.
The London Dermatology Centre has a range of facial peels suitable for a number of different conditions.
The Obagi Blue Peel is used to resurface the skin to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, pigmentation variance over the face, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation after acne, sun damage, lentigo solaris and actinic keratosis.
The Glycolic Peel stimulates the production of collagen by clearing the superficial layer of dead skin that gives a dull complexion. The peel is mild and used in conjunction with prescribed skin preparations as part of the treatment regimen you will see rejuvenated skin and a healthy glow to your complexion.
Mesoeclat is a skin peel system made up of Salicylic Acid and a further pre and post-peel supplement that are continued at home as part of the course to reveal new healthy younger looking skin. The peel strips away the top layer of skin to reveal the smoother, fresher skin below. Your skin looks refreshed with fewer wrinkles and firmer facial skin.
The Perfect Peel utilises a unique formula to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and acne as well as lightening Melasma, sun damage and hyperpigmentation. After one treatment of The Perfect Peel, overall skin tone and complexion will appear smooth, glowing and fresh. A series of 2 to 3 treatments applied once every 4 weeks will allow for optimum results.
For more information regarding any of our rejuvenating treatments please contact us on 020 7467 3720.
Written By: Dr Sunil Chopra and Rebecca Perris
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