What are wrinkles?
A wrinkle is a fold, or crease in the skin, they are a natural (though often unwanted) part of the ageing process. There are four main types of wrinkles:
Atrophic Crinkling Rhytids – These are fine lines on the face (or less commonly the body) that usually show up parallel to each other. When you move or stretch these wrinkles can temporarily disappear.
Permanent Elastic Creases – These are as they sound, creases in the skin that become permanent over time. Most commonly seen on the cheeks, upper lip and neck
Dynamic Expression Lines – These wrinkles are caused by facial muscle movement, you will know them most commonly as frown/smile lines, and crows-feet
Gravitational Folds – These wrinkles are caused by gravity itself, becoming most noticeable as the skin begins to fold and sag. These can appear anywhere on the body and are most commonly seen on areas of thinner skin.
What Causes Wrinkles?
Wrinkles appear as we age from a range of factors. Simply over time due to the process of ageing, and our skin’s exposure to the sun, our skin’s ability to stretch and hold moisture deteriorates.
The fibres called elastin and the protein, collagen play a huge role in preventing wrinkles. Unfortunately, over time the dermis (outer layer of skin) loses collagen and elastin. This causes the skin to get thinner, less moisture pervades the skin, the epidermis (middle layer of skin) begins to sag and so we get wrinkles.
The first wrinkles that appear are usually as a result of facial expressions, and are such things as frown lines or crows-feet.
Sun damage is the largest cause of wrinkles, and those areas exposed to the most sun will show visible wrinkles earlier than the rest of the body, such as the face, neck, shoulders and back of the hands.
There are other factors such as smoking, environmental pollution, dehydration, certain medication and genetics that affect when and where people will develop wrinkles.
How We Can Help:
Both laser treatment and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) are excellent non-surgical methods for addressing wrinkles, as well as other signs of ageing. We’re pleased to be able to offer various options for treating wrinkles that all work by increasing the body’s own efficiency at producing collagen. Collagen works to increase the elasticity and firmness of your skin, thereby diminishing fine lines and wrinkles.
- The PicoWay Resolve laser fires out light in picoseconds (one trillionth of a second) and features both 532nm and 1064nm wavelengths (nm is a measurement of wavelength, a billion times smaller than a meter), making it adjustable for different skin types and to reach both the outer and inner layers of the skin.
- The Icon fractional, non-ablative laser is also excellent. The various Microlenses allow for customized treatments; the XF Microlens for high speed, quick treatment sessions or the XD Microlens for deeper penetration.
- IPL is not a laser, it fires out a broad spectrum of light rather than a single wavelength, it is precisely calibrated to stimulate the cells to increase production of collagen.
At your initial consultation, the technician will discuss which treatment plan is best for you, and answer any questions you have.
Your Next Step:
The first thing you should do is book yourself in for a free consultation. There are no set-ups or preparation needed before your consultation.
During the consultation you can show the affected areas to our technician who will be able to recommend to you the best course of treatments and answer any questions that you may have.
Following that you will have a free patch test. This is the use of the laser or IPL equipment on a small affected area to see how your skin reacts.
Once you have shown no adverse reactions to the laser or IPL machine, you can get booked in for a full course of treatments.