Top anti-ageing treatments (and when to get them)
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When it comes to anti-ageing treatments, there’s a whole range of options available. The hard part is working out which one is right for you, and what the treatments will help you to achieve. To break it all down for you, we spoke with our Cosmetic Nurse Jessica Langtry who is an expert in all things anti-ageing.
What are the main concerns of patients who visit you for anti-ageing treatments?
We find that the majority of our clients are concerned mainly with their skin’s tone and texture. They feel that their skin is not as luminous or hydrated as it once was. They have sun spots popping up, their wrinkles are deeper and they are starting to lose volume, which makes them ‘look sad’. They still want to look natural and look like themselves — they just want a fresher version where they don’t feel as though everything is going south!
What does Complete Skin Specialists do to ensure that clients receiving anti-ageing treatments feel comfortable?
Here at Complete Skin Specialists, one of the most important parts of our treatment processes is education. We ensure that we take the time to explain exactly what you’re in for from start to finish: including downtime, expected results, what you need to do at home, how to maintain results and so on. Our very experienced team is well known for being knowledgeable, approachable and honest. This means our clients are armed with all the education they need to make an informed decision about suggested treatments and being able to time them appropriately around their social lives.
What are the key categories of anti-ageing treatments that Complete Skin Specialists offers?
Unfortunately there is no magic wand that reverses the signs of ageing, and the same goes for treatments — there is no single treatment that is going to be able to fix all your skin concerns in one hit.
We believe in combining treatments and using appropriate active skincare and sunscreen daily for best results. We use a number of different treatments for anti-ageing; including cosmetic injectables, ablative and non-ablative lasers, chemical peels, cryotherapy, and chemical peels. We also stock active skin care in clinic which we recommend to boost and maintain results from treatments.
Top 5 anti-ageing treatments
1. Botulinum Toxin Type A
Don’t be scared off by the name — this treatment is better known as muscle relaxant injections (commonly referred to as Botox, which most people are familiar with). You can have muscle relaxant injections at any age, but it’s better to start in early adulthood to prevent the muscle movement from creating deep wrinkles at rest (such as frown lines). It’s an affordable treatment as well as being quick, easy and relatively painless. The best part is that there’s no downtime involved.
The aim of this treatment is to smooth out facial wrinkles by relaxing muscle activity, but it can also be used to correct facial asymmetry, create a temporary brow lift, and – in combination with dermal fillers – for facial rejuvenation.
2. Dermal fillers
As with Botox, you can begin having dermal fillers at any age over 18, to replace or add volume to different parts of the face. The treatment smooths and fills deep facial wrinkles or folds, adding volume and shape to the face, correcting hollows or shadow – particularly under the eyes. Filler is also used for lip enhancement and even works as a full face soft lift for clients with significant volume loss.
It’s a fast and popular treatment that can be done either all at once or in stages — whichever suits your budget and social calendar. There’s minimal downtime but it does come with the risk of swelling and bruising so we usually advise clients to have their treatments at least 2 weeks before any events.
3. Fraxis C02 Laser
You may have heard of this treatment, referred to as laser resurfacing. It’s often used as an anti-ageing treatment for clients aged 40 onwards. While it’s one of our most invasive treatments, it can treat multiple concerns at the same time; improving skin tone and texture, sun damage, lines and wrinkles. Laser resurfacing can also be used for acne scars or surgical/trauma scars.
Our clients love this treatment because they see a difference in their skin after just one treatment. That said, it does involve a bit of preparation as your skin will be crusty, swollen and red for 7-10 days (but trust us, the results are worth the downtime!).
So what can you expect? This treatment involves applying numbing cream 1 hour prior to treatment for comfort, we then remove the numbing cream and clean the skin ready to laser. We cover the eyes using goggles and pulse the laser over the area to be treated. Only a small area of skin can be treated in one pulse (usually a 2cm x 1cm area). We continue this until the whole area is covered then apply the appropriate skin care afterward. You can expect pinpoint bleeding on the skin for a few hours after treatment.
4. Laser treatments
Laser treatments, also known as V-Beam or Photo-Rejuvenation, can be used at any age but we generally treat people in their 30’s and upwards.
There are different lasers available for the treatment of different conditions. We have lasers that treat redness including broken capillaries, flushing and rosacea, as well as lasers for pigmentation (like age spots, freckles) and for rejuvenation. It’s a straightforward treatment that’s tolerated well. Once the redness has reduced the skin looks a lot clearer.
Laser treatments involve applying numbing cream to the area 1 hour before treatment for comfort. We then remove the numbing cream, prep the skin and protect the eyes with goggles. The laser then gets pulsed over the skin — it feels like the flick of a rubber band and can feel quite warm.
Afterwards the skin will be red like sunburn and you can swell for 3-5 days. If having laser for pigmentation, the brown spots will become darker then slough off over the following week. We usually recommend 2-3 treatments on average, but sometimes more are needed and they can be performed every 8-12 weeks. Maintenance is recommended once a year.
5. Enzyme reactivation treatments
Last but not least, this treatment is also known as a chemical peel. It’s best to start using this anti-ageing treatment in early adulthood to strengthen the skin’s barrier and get into a good skincare routine. This is one of the most straightforward treatments that we offer and it can even be performed on your lunch break!
We prepare the skin first by cleansing to remove any makeup, then use a skin prep to remove dirt and oil on the skin. We then apply the enzymes to the skin, which can feel tingly and warm but generally settles quite quickly with cold air.
You have the option to add on an LED light treatment at the end to aid with healing and skin regeneration, then we apply products and sunscreen to finish. Afterwards you can expect your skin to look luminous and fresh. Sometimes you can get some light flaking for a few days after treatment. We also recommend using active skincare at home to prepare the skin, as well as boost and maintain results. We recommend a course of 6 peels (1 every 4 weeks), then maintenance as needed afterwards.
This is a relaxing treatment with absolutely no pain involved. You’ll end up with fresher skin: and there’s no downtime either. Chemical peels can be used as a stand-alone treatment or in combination with our more invasive treatments for an added glow.
For more information on any of these treatments or to book a consultation call us today on (03) 9740 2409.