Getting started with smoother skin
We start life with a lovely smooth and plump skin. And then the ageing process starts! It’s slow at first, but everything we are exposed to in life (and even in utero) will have effects on every cell in our body and be evident in our skin. Things that contribute to beautiful clear skin are:
- good genetics
- being young
- minimal sun exposure
- healthy diet
- Healthy lifestyle.
We have control over some of these factors, but not all of them. Some of us indulged in unhealthy habits when young, but have “seen the light” when we are a little older. However, some of the damage has already been done.
It is possible to prevent, or slow down, some of the ageing changes in our skin, and in many cases we can actually improve the health and appearance of this vital organ. As an anti-ageing doctor, I believe that diet, sun avoidance and a healthy lifestyle are a good start for great looking skin and there is more we can do to improve things further.
Why does our skin not look its best?
There are essentially two features in skin that detract from its appearance. The first is uneven colour or pigment in the skin. This pigment is usually either red, as in broken surface capillaries or brown, as in areas of sun damage. There are various ways to improve these colour imperfections, but intense pulsed light (IPL) is very successful at this.
The second unfavourable feature that makes us look older is uneven skin texture. Smoother skin is achieved by addressing both the deeper lines and wrinkles as well as the surface texture. The deeper lines and wrinkles can usually be improved with the use of anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers. Skin texture can be improved by looking at treatments that stimulate the production of collagen and elastin in the dermis as well as reducing the size of enlarged pores on the surface.
How to improve skin texture
I would like to discuss the various options we offer at Shine Clinic to address skin texture by stimulating collagen and elastin. In a recent article, I discussed Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy, along with the Dermastamp. This treatment, using your own growth factors to stimulate collagen, can be very effective.
Also very effective at stimulating collagen, decreasing pore size and giving you a smoother skin is the Elos Sublative RF treatment. We have been offering this treatment at Shine for several years and have found it highly effective, both as a stand-alone treatment or in combination with IPL and skin tightening for our complete facial renewal, otherwise known as our Triniti treatment. Sublative RF uses radio frequency energy to treat the deeper layers of the skin where collagen is produced. The depth of penetration can be programmed, depending on the severity of the condition. The skin is treated in a matrix pattern, where columns of energy are delivered to the skin in a grid, allowing surrounding untreated skin to rapidly assist in healing the treated area. This results in effective collagen stimulation with very little downtime.
ELOS Sublative – stimulating collagen
An Elos Sublative RF treatment is suitable for nearly every skin type and most people will benefit from the improvement in skin texture. The treatment itself is simple and takes less than 30 minutes for a full face. Before the treatment, we apply a topical anaesthetic, making the whole process completely comfortable.
Immediately after the treatment the skin is red and slightly swollen. There is a square matrix pattern evident on the skin. The tiny pinpoint entry sites of the RF energy have sealed over by the time you leave. There is no weeping or bleeding from the skin. This all fades over the next few days and the tiny dots flake off. Mineral makeup can be worn after 1–2 days.
Collagen stimulation will develop over the next few weeks. Three treatments are recommended at least four weeks apart to give the best results with each treatment adding to the effects of the previous one. Expected results are fewer fine lines, reduction in pore size and a generally smoother skin.