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Non-surgical face-lifts differ from their surgical alternatives by rejuvenating the skin to reverse the effects of ageing, rather than surgical and invasive intervention to manipulate the skin in its existing aged condition. Rejuvenation is not only an excellent alternative to surgery but also highly recommended as a first step to reversing the ageing process and delaying the need for cosmetic surgery.
By improving the quality of the skin the increased tone and elasticity will restore a more youthful silhouette and will provide a resistance to wrinkles and lines. The natural radiance of rejuvenated skin, free of the ravages of age, sun and a hostile environment will reveal a healthy vitality that cannot be achieved by surgery.
Ageing is caused by internal (intrinsic or chronological) and external (extrinsic or environmental) factors. Whatever the cause, ageing results in the diminished production of collagen which is the main supporting protein of the skin, and the break down of the elastin fibres which give the skin its flexibility. Ageing is also accompanied by a decline in the activity of the sebaceous glands reducing the skins ability to retain moisture, which in turn leads to a reduction in the suppleness of the skin.
Skin rejuvenation improves the quality of the skin by increasing the production of elastin and collagen and restoring the moisture content of the skin. This improvement in quality, coupled with the restoration of the skin to a pre environmentally damaged state removes and reverses many of the visible effects of ageing.
Because the treatments are focused on improving skin quality each program of treatments will be specific to an individual’s needs and the initial condition of their skin. A treatment program would usually comprise one or more of the following treatments:-
This is a gentle exfoliation of the outer layer of the skin. It leaves the skin smooth, soft and radiant and is an excellent method of rejuvenating coarse sun damaged skin and can remove superficial scarring. Microdermabrasion stimulates the skin to naturally increase its production of collagen and elastin and after a program of treatments the skin will be thicker, stronger and more elastic. The treatment is very quick and most clients enjoy the experience. There is usually no recovery time required after the treatment.
Peels achieve rapid removal of old cells in all layers of the skin using specific acids. A peel will immediately cause the skin to feel soft and smooth and work to cause immediate turnover of the skin cells. Peels are an excellent method of rejuvenating coarse sun damaged skin and will cause the skin to become strong, thick and elastic. The non-ablative peels used by SkinGenesis use a combination of salicylic, lactic and citric acids that penetrate deep into the skin. The peels are very quick to perform and very safe enabling clients to immediately continue with their business and social commitments. The sensation of a peel is akin to a warm prickling feeling that most clients find moderately comfortable. These should not be confused with ablative peels which will result in some downtime.
Intense Pulsed Light
IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) is a high energy light therapy that reacts with pigmentation and blood in the skin. IPL treatments are sometimes referred to as photo rejuvenation. It is the treatment of choice for removing blemishes that result from sun damage.
Mesotherapy is a technique to reintroduce nutrients, amino acids, minerals and other ingredients naturally found in the skin back into skin to restore its biochemical makeup. It is a very powerful technique and treatments can both reduce the amount of fat and restore thickness in specific areas. Mesotherapy is also capable of tightening and toning the skin and reducing wrinkles. Mesotherapy can be performed by isophoresis which is the latest and painless technique adopted by SkinGenesis.
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