If you are reading this article, it is likely that you are concerned about your appearance. And why shouldn’t you be? We live in a competitive environment where our personal appearance can greatly contribute to the success of both our personal and professional lives. Seeing that, we obviously want to look our best at all times. But it’s often hard to maintain that fresh, youthful appearance as wrinkles start appearing on our skin as we age. It is the most common dilemma that affects all of us. However, with advances in science, we now have more options than ever to make those wrinkles less visible. At the Stannum cosmetic clinic (Link to main website), Ashfield, we offer you the latest and best technologies available for skin wrinkle removal. That is why we use laser and HIFU treatments for skin wrinkles.
WHAT ARE SKIN WRINKLES
Wrinkles are lines, creases, folds and ridges known as rhytides that form in your skin. With time they can become deep crevices or furrows which can be easily noticeable even from a distance. Unfortunately, this is a natural condition caused by aging. In our youth, our skin has suppleness or elasticity and the capability to retain moisture. This is achieved by the skin’s production of elastin and collagen protein fibers. But as we age the skin produces less collagen and elastin fibers. As a result, the skin becomes less elastic and more fragile. Even facial expressions start to leave permanent grooves on our faces. Furthermore, the skin decreases its production of natural oils, which results in a dried-up appearance. As the subcutaneous fat layers deplete, the once plump skin starts to thin and loose. Consequently, the epidermis starts to sag, creating more pronounced wrinkles.
While aging is the most direct cause of skin wrinkling, it is not the only cause. Sunburn or exposure to harsh sunlight, UV radiation, dehydration and even smoking can lead to premature skin aging and damage, resulting in wrinkles.
Currently, there are a wide variety of available treatments for wrinkle, ranging from Botox injections to skin abrasion, chemical peeling and even skin fillers. Out of all these, we offer two state-of-the-art technologies handpicked for their safety, preciseness and effectiveness. To enumerate, we use Youlaser MT for fractional laser skin resurfacing, and 4DHIFU for high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) treatments
FRACTIONAL LASER SKIN RESURFACING
At Stannum we use Youlaser MT for our fractional laser skin resurfacing treatments. Fractional laser skin rejuvenation is a quick treatment that improves wrinkled skin with minimal discomfort and downtime. In one single session, you can benefit from both the ablative and non-ablative lasers which always yield improved results.
The laser used in the treatment stimulates the production of collagen and elastin from within the skin. This results in smoother, refreshed skin and decreased lines and wrinkles. Overall, fractional laser skin resurfacing will give you a much younger appearance in a very short time period.
Youlaser MT emits two lasers which are non-ablative (1540nm) and ablative (10600nm). They can be used sequentially or simultaneously. These two wavelengths emitted together maximize both lasers’ advantages, drastically improving the results in just one session. The water in the skin absorbs the light emitted by the laser and converts it to heat. As a result, this creates micro-pores in the skin through evaporation. This process allows the skin to fill in these holes with new collagen and elastin fibers, fading out surface scars. The heat also shrinks the skin giving it a tighter appearance.
Non-ablative resurfacing reduces vascular lesions and deep pigmentations of the skin with no downtime. Meanwhile, ablative or micro-ablative lasers treat the skin by reducing superficial pigmentation and wrinkles. Here, downtime is a bit longer than non-ablative treatments but is tunable. The ability to finely adjust the parameters of the laser makes Youlaser MT one of the safest and precise treatments available for skin rejuvenation with predictable results.
When it comes to the treatment experience, most patients report that they felt a mild tingling sensation during the Youlaser MT rejuvenation treatment which was not uncomfortable. Furthermore, you will start to see results in about 4 weeks, post-treatment. You will continue to notice improvements up to 5 months as collagen and elastin production continues for months, post-treatment.
The treatment is associated with some mild side effects such as swelling and redness. However, these will subside on their own within a few days. You will experience a mild sensation of sunburn about an hour after the procedure. Swelling is usually minimal and resolves within 2-3 days. The skin will have a pinkish tone for 3-5 days. However, new epidermal skin cells develop within 24 hours of the treatment.
HIGH-INTENSITY FOCUSED ULTRASOUND (HIFU) TREATMENT
High-intensity focused ultrasound is a rather new technology for the treatment of skin wrinkles. It is completely non-invasive and non-surgical as well as one of the most painless options available for skin tightening. As the name suggests, this treatment uses ultrasound energy to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin to achieve results. With our advanced 4D HIFU machine, we can now apply this treatment on facial skin as well as any other part of the body. It also works equally well with different types of skin colour.
HIFU works by focusing ultrasound energy to target the layers of skin just below the surface. As a result, targeted tissues heat up rapidly by absorbing the ultrasound energy. Once the cells in the targeted area reach a certain temperature, they experience cellular damage. Although this may seem counterintuitive, the damage actually stimulates the cells to produce more collagen and elastin. Consequently, this improves the texture of the skin and reduces sagging by making the skin tighter, overall decreasing the wrinkles in the skin. The High-intensity ultrasound beams are focused on a specific tissue site below the skin’s surface. Therefore, it has the ability to treat specific areas without damaging the upper layers of the skin or surrounding tissue. This contributes to the extreme accuracy of the 4D HIFU treatment.
Doctors usually begin HIFU facial rejuvenation by cleaning the chosen area of the face and applying a gel. Then, they use a handheld device that emits the ultrasound waves in short bursts. Each session typically lasts anywhere from 30 – 90 minutes. The treatment can cause mild discomfort which is not unbearable. Some people describe it as tiny electric pulses or a slight prickly sensation. Your doctor may apply a local anesthetic before the procedure to help prevent any pain.
As the procedure is completely non-invasive and non-surgical, there is also no downtime when a session is over. In short, you can get on with your daily activities after receiving HIFU treatment. Makeup can be applied within 12 – 15 minutes of the procedure. The treatment is also associated with minimal to zero side effects, none of them long-lasting. Possible after effects include mild swelling, numbness or a slight redness on the skin. However, these symptoms will go away on their own within a few days.
Another advantage of HIFU skin wrinkle treatments is that the effects are instantly obvious. Furthermore, you’ll continue to observe results for up to 3 months as your skin produces more collagen in the treated areas. Depending on the results you wish to achieve you may require between one to six sessions. Nevertheless, the results of HIFU treatments are long-lasting up to a few years.