Skin Rejuvenation: Looking Fresh Throughout the Year
Published on: December 5, 2021
The Skin Rejuvenation Treatment helps look younger with more beautiful skin by removing the most damaged outer layers of the skin to reveal healthier skin underneath and promote the growth of new, healthy skin cells.
Over time, the outer layers of our skin begin to show wear caused by environmental factors such as ageing, lesions, wrinkles, scars, age spots and discolouration.
The Skin Rejuvenation Treatment helps reverse these signs of ageing and stress, allowing you to look younger and even healthier in the ensuing process.
Cosmetic surgeons use various skin rejuvenation techniques to eliminate numerous skin problems.
Let’s take a closer look.
By whom the processing of Skin Rejuvenation should be carried out?
The skills needed to perform the Skin Rejuvenation Treatment vary from one treatment to another, so it is necessary to apply the treatment under the supervision of an experienced and licensed specialist with extensive experience in medical Skin Care.
This is important for your safety and ensures that the treatments you receive effectively achieve your goals.
Lasers use high concentrations of light energy beams to improve skin tone, texture and appearance.
How does the laser rejuvenate my skin?
- It can minimise fine lines or wrinkles.
- It can treat brown spots, redness or discolouration for a more balanced skin tone.
- It can tighten the skin and stimulate collagen production
- It can remove acne or surgical scars
- It can remove unwanted facial or body hair
Ablative lasers remove the outer layers of the skin and promote the healing of new skin.
The depth of penetration of the laser depends on the wavelength of the light; your cosmetic surgeon will determine the best laser application for you based on your skin type, your goals and the nature of the problem you are facing.
Here at The London Cosmetic Clinic, we use fractional lasers, which only remove part of the skin in the treatment area.
This allows the laser to safely penetrate the deeper layers of the skin for more dramatic results with minimal downtime.
Some lasers do not break the surface of the skin; these are called non-ablatives. Instead, they work by heating the skin below the surface to stimulate the growth of new collagen and help restore the skin’s natural firmness and natural tone.
While working more gradually than ablative lasers, these treatments generally require no downtime and can have permanent rejuvenating results.
The improvements possible with laser resurfacing are long-lasting. It takes several months for the full effects of the growth of new skin cells and collagen to take shape, and it can take several weeks for the post-residual impacts of the treatment to subside, such as skin appearing pink in the treatment area.
However, as each patient is different, the post-treatment effects will not be seen at all or may take a few weeks. At this point, your cosmetic surgeon will help you find out what kind of results can be expected from different laser resurfacing treatment options.
Another way to resurface the skin is to apply a chemical solution that causes the peeling of the outer layers of the skin.
Chemical peels are usually produced by a cosmetic surgeon or a specially trained beautician or nurse in the cosmetic surgeon’s office. A solution is applied with a brush or applied to the skin during the treatment, where it remains for some time.
The treated skin layers are gradually peeled off in the days following the treatment, revealing smoother, younger-looking skin.
How can chemical peels help improve my skin?
- By Reducing or altogether remove age spots or discolouration.
- Providing smooth skin by removing fine lines and wrinkles on the surface of the skin.
- It minimises or removes deeper scars, such as wounds or surgery scars, as well as lighter scars, such as acne.
- Tightening, tone or brighten the skin.
- Removing keratoses or precancerous growths.
Superficial and deep chemical peels
Depending on the treatment, a peel is usually classified as a superficial peel, a medium-depth peel and a deep peel. This refers to how many layers of skin have been removed.
Superficial chemical peels will typically reach a part of the epidermis and use a lighter acid solution such as glycolic acid, alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), salicylic acid, fruit enzymes, or trichloroacetic acid to low concentration (TCA).
Deeper peels can reach the epidermis and even the dermis, the next layer, and address the more advanced signs of ageing, such as deeper wrinkles, extensive sun damage, or severe acne scars. Examples are phenol peels, stronger TCA peels and croton oils.
Although medium to deep peels produces more dramatic improvements, they may require multiple treatment sessions. Anaesthesia may be needed to keep the patient comfortable during treatment, and it takes several days for the skin to heal optimally.
After the initial recovery period after a chemical peel, you will immediately notice some improvements: a brighter, firmer skin with a more even tone.
However, the effects of a peel are cumulative, and many patients think that repeated periodic treatment is necessary for optimal results.
These Skin Rejuvenation Treatments are treatments that involve mechanical exfoliation, using a tool to remove the outer layers of the skin to remove visible skin damage and reveal smoother, healthier and younger-looking skin.
Such treatments include microdermabrasion and dermabrasion. Despite having similar names, each of these treatments works differently.
Microdermabrasion is a relatively gentle procedure used on the face, neck, hands, or body. During the treatment, the area is exfoliated using an excellent tip tool or applying a fine mist of abrasive particles.
The exfoliated skin is then immediately vacuumed. Unlike other resurfacing treatments, microdermabrasion is safe for all skin types, has little risk of side effects, and requires no downtime.
What can microdermabrasion do to improve skin?
It can minimise fine lines and wrinkles.
It can help skincare products work more effectively
It can brighten the skin and improve the tone
It can reduce age spots or mild acne scars
Microdermabrasion can be done in the same sessions with a peel to increase results.
While immediate improvements are often noticeable, microdermabrasion treatments are usually performed in series for optimal gains. It is also important to protect the treated area from the sun, as the skin will be more sensitive to sun damage after microdermabrasion.
Dermabrasion is a more robust mechanical resurfacing technique than microdermabrasion.
The cosmetic surgeon will use a rapid rotation tool or blade to precisely remove the skin from the treated area layer to the target layer at the desired depth during the treatment.
As it reaches deeper into the skin surface, dermabrasion can affect skin pigmentation and is not recommended for all skin types. Typically, patients are given a topical anaesthetic or a local anaesthetic for comfort during and after surgery.
What can dermabrasion do to improve the skin?
It can minimise vertical lip lines, smile lines, or other facial wrinkles.
It can remove acne scars and other blemishes.
It can smooth the skin and rebalance the skin colouring.
The purpose of dermabrasion is to remove the proper skin layers to eliminate visible concerns and stimulate the growth of new cells. Therefore, the area will be brittle and “raw” after treatment.
It is important to follow the instructions of your cosmetic surgeon to protect the area well from the sun and keep the skin free from infections. Under the care of a qualified and experienced cosmetic surgeon, Skin Rejuvenation Treatment can reverse the visible effects of ageing to improve the patient’s appearance significantly.
Micro-needling is a skin renewal technology that uses the skin’s natural healing process to reduce skin blemishes, treat sun damage and provide smoother, clearer skin.
Micro-needling creates microscopic “lesions” on the skin, using a tool containing dozens of thin and short needles rather than removing the layers of skin with heat or chemicals.
The “lesions” are invisible to the naked eye. Still, they stimulate the natural healing response, prompting the skin to regenerate new healthy skin cells and produce new collagen and elastin.
What are the skin problems that microneedles can treat?
Fine lines and wrinkles Acne or surgical scars Large pore size Sun damage, age spots and hyperpigmentation Stretch marks on the skin Rough patches and fabric problems
Since microneedles do not clean skin layers with chemicals or lasers, they are generally safe for all skin types, even darker skin types.
Additionally, microneedle punches require no downtime for most patients and do not require a peeling period after treatment.
However, the results may not be as dramatic as more aggressive treatments, and multiple microneedle treatments are often needed to treat specific skin problems in an area.
Intense pulsed light or IPL is a similar treatment to laser resurfacing in that it uses light to treat skin problems, particularly pigmentation problems and skin rejuvenation.
However, instead of a single highly focused wavelength, IPL uses a broad spectrum of wavelengths of light delivered in short pulses. This light helps the skin in two ways.
First, the wavelengths of the IPL absorb excess pigment (red and brown) from the skin to provide a more even complexion to the skin.
A lower degree of IPL stimulates collagen production to improve overall skin tone. IPL is a non-ablative treatment (skin is not removed during treatment) and typically requires little or no downtime.
What can skin problems be treated with IPL?
Damage from the sun Hyperpigmentation Spots and freckles Spider veins Redness and rosacea Vascular lesions Tissue problems Fine lines