As we age, the production of collagen and elastin – the main structural proteins in tissue that give it shape and volume and allow it to ‘bounce back’ after it has been stretched or contracted – in our bodies starts to reduce, and existing collagen and elastin begins to deteriorate. The rate of new skin cells being produced also begins to slow, as does our skin’s ability to effectively shed old skin cells, and skin can appear drier and duller than it has done previously.
It’s not just the natural ageing process that causes the structure of the skin to deteriorate – exposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays can contribute to the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Long term UV exposure doesn’t just lead to pigmentation and an increased risk of skin cancer, but can also contribute to reduced skin elasticity, and an overall degradation of skin texture.
A reduction in the levels of Hyaluronic Acid in the body as we age can also contribute to an overall loss of volume and elasticity, as Hyaluronic Acid – a molecule that binds with water to ‘plump’ up cells with moisture – helps to add youthful volume to the skin, making it a popular ingredient for topically applied cosmetics and also dermal fillers.
Fine lines and wrinkles can be effectively treated in a number of ways, and not just by wrinkle relaxing injections and dermal fillers. There are a number of treatments that can help to encourage increased production of collagen and elastin – the ‘scaffolding’ that helps to give skin it’s shape and elasticity – in certain areas of the body. These treatments include PRP Therapy, Dermal Needling and PDO Threadlift treatments, where carefully targeted “damage” to the dermis stimulates the production of these important proteins.
If you’re interested in finding out how you could effectively tackle the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, please get in touch today. Call now on 01628 303020 to book in for a consultation with Clare McLoughlin RGN INP.