A loss of collagen as we get older is to blame for our maturing facial features.
Collagen is a connective tissue that found in your skin, muscles, tendons and bones. Collagen helps support the structure of your skin and allows new skin cells to grow. As you age, the collagen in your skin naturally breaks down. A loss of collagen can contribute to fine lines and wrinkles on your face and neck.
Finer wrinkles are due to sun damage, smoking, and natural degeneration of elements of the skin that keep it thick and supple.
You have a few options for boosting the collagen levels in your skin and fighting the appearance of wrinkles. IPL laser photofacials (intense pulse light) stimulate collagen and elastin. Usually a course of 4 treatments 4 weeks apart can help reduce the depth and appearance of those unwanted lines leaving the skin more plumped with a more youthful appearance.
Micro Needling or Natural Collagen Induction (NCI) is a new concept to induce collagen naturally within your skin. Medical micro needling triggers the natural wound healing response of the cells in the dermis to self-repair and regenerate. This response increases the natural production of collagen and the regeneration of new skin cells .This natural action takes place in the dermis and can take 4-6 weeks before the effects are visible on the surface.
Clinical studies have shown microneedling to be more effective than ablative treatments like laser resurfacing, dermabrasion, and chemical peel and just as effective as non-ablative treatments like IPL, CO2 laser, and Fraxel in stimulating collagen and elastin production to thicken the skin thereby erasing wrinkles and smoothing scars.
Image I peels such as 40% Glycolic / Retinol can help visibly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Thanks to advances in anaesthesia and some of the options that our medical team can give you, treatments pain levels are much better than most people expect! For microneedling, most clients would consider pain 4-5/10 max. Don’t let the hilarity of Sex in the City and Samantha’s issues put you off skin peels. Lunchtime peels are very tolerable and popular!
Treatments such as a laser treatment can take as little as 15 minutes to carry out. Some treatments can require a little more time, depending on treatment plan chosen for your skin type.
There is no down time for most people after a peel/microneedling. 1% of people, particularly with sensitive skin can have mild inflammation for up to 48 hours. At Amara, we insist on a full consultation and thorough medical history before allowing anyone to proceed with any treatment.