Let’s talk ageing and the pressures of remaining youthful as the years pass by…
It’s important that we understand what causes ageing and how we can put the breaks on and improve the tendency for our skin to age. Using cosmeceutical skincare products as well as in clinic treatments all help to put the breaks on natural ageing.
Intrinsic and extrinsic skin ageing
According to ‘The Nursing times’ article – Anatomy and physiology of ageing : the skin – published on 27th November 2017 – The skin ages both intrinsically (chronologically from within) and extrinsically (due to external factors). Intrinsic skin ageing results from the passage of time. It occurs within the skin, due to reductions in dermal mast cells, fibroblasts and collagen production, and a flattening of the junction between the epidermis and dermis. Intrinsically aged skin is unblemished, smooth, pale, dry and less elastic with fine wrinkles (Landau, 2007).
Extrinsic skin ageing is caused by environmental factors such as:
- Exposure to chemicals
- Exposure to UV radiation (photoageing).
Collagen is the body’s most abundant protein, providing strength and support to the skin. The collagen content of the dermis decreases by 1% per year throughout adult life (Rigel et al, 2004). In addition, collagen itself changes from well-organised bundles of fibres in young skin to fragmented and dis-organised fibres in older skin; it also loses its interwoven extensions with elastin fibres, which in youth enable the skin to regain its shape after deformation (Graham-Brown, 2004).
Fibroblast activity decreases with age: these cells shrivel and have fewer epidermal growth factor receptors. There is an associated drop in collagen synthesis, an atrophy of collagen bundles and an increase in the levels of metalloproteinases and enzymes that degrade collagen. As a consequence, collagen is of poor quality and wound healing is impaired.
As collagen fibres decrease in number, rupture, cross-link and stiffen, their capacity to bind water diminishes and the skin loses elasticity and becomes wrinkled. Wrinkles appear to be due not so much to the degeneration of elastin fibres, as previously thought, but to a decreased water-holding power of collagen and mucopolysaccharides (Richards and Edwards, 2014). This is why daily skincare products are so important to sit next to your in-clinic anti ageing treatments. Introducing a growth factor serum or hyaloronic acid serum like the Jane Scrivner Bioluronic buzz to your daily routine is so important and can really supplement your professional treatment courses.
Radiofrequency treatment – how it works
When radiofrequency is conducted through the skin, it penetrates down to the subcutaneous layers, producing an exothermic reaction – meaning it is a catalyst for heat production within the body. In fact, the skin can heat up to 38–40 degrees during radiofrequency treatments.
This has many physiological effects on the dermis, the primary being tightening, firming and brightening, and this is because the thermal reaction causes the contraction of collagen in the short term and collagen synthesis in the long term, tightening the underlying skin structures without damaging the top layer.
It is particularly effective on areas that commonly suffer from skin laxity such as the brows, barcode lines above the lips, jowls, jaw and neck, ensuring skin looks lifted even after just one application.
ENDYMED treatments provide the solution to every skin ageing concern. From crows feet and eyelid hoods, to tired, sun-damaged skin and drooping jowls, whatever your area of concern, there’s an ENDYMED treatment for you. Each clinically proven treatment delivers truly remarkable, natural and long-lasting rejuvenation results.
ENDYMED is a cutting-edge, FDA approved, clinical device that uses the most sophisticated form of radiofrequency energy, 3DEEP Skin Science, to deliver treatments that target every layer of your skin. From deep within the skin, where the energy stimulates collagen production, to tighten, firm and improve your skin structure, all the way up to the skins surface, to smooth wrinkles, improve skin tone and restore radiance.
Every ENDYMED radiofrequency treatment stimulates your skin’s own natural rejuvenating processes, so the results you’ll see will not only be outstanding, but natural looking and long-lasting too. As collagen takes time to remodel and form full effects of the treatment will typically be seen after 3 months or more following your treatment course. Some treatments however also deliver short term results with an immediate lift and a healthy glow, the perfect pick-me up before a big event
ENDYMED TIGHTEN is suitable for all skin types and has an excellent safety profile. Treatments are pain-free, most find them very relaxing –and there’s no downtime. Each treatment will last between 20 and 40 minutes depending on the area that you’re having treated, and it’s recommended that you follow a course of six treatments overall. You can then return for ‘top-up’ treatments to maintain and enhance the results that you’ve already seen.
Launching in August – ENDYMED BODY SHAPER: Pain free body skin tightening and contouring. Tightens and lifts lax skin on the body, including; tummy, flanks, bottom, thighs, knees and arms.Tailored treatments are used for different body types, targeting specific areas of concern for the most effective results. How does it work? ENDYMED SHAPER uses advanced, unique and ultra-focused radiofrequency technology, 3DEEP Skin Science, to heat deep within body skin where collagen is formed. This heat triggers a response in your skin that stimulates fibroblasts to produce new collagen, improving the underlying structure of the skin. This is what gives you the clinically proven, natural and long-lasting results in skin tightening and firming.
If you would like to know more information and book a consultation and taster treatment for £50. This is redeemable against any treatment course booked on the day. Please call our reception team on 01287 622280