THE CELEBRITY FACE LIFT

Let’s face it, there are a myriad of facelift procedures out there but one thing the majority have in common is that they usually require going under the knife which means general anesthetic, cutting  the skin which disrupts blood vessels , bruising and swelling Then, there’s the downtime to consider, crucial for recovery which, in some cases, may take up to six months while everything settles.

In the current economic climate, when many people are battling to keep hold of their jobs, this just isn’t an option. Many women – and men – also might not be ready for the commitment or cost of a surgical procedure.

But, today there are many new techniques for facial rejuvenation – without using the scalpel – and the more minimally invasive techniques have enabled us to achieve the results of a full face lift without the risks, downtime or more importantly the scarring associated typical with traditional facial surgery.

More importantly using a combination of treatments along with the non surgical procedures means we don’t have to change the structure of someone’s face, (which surgery can often do,) but also address other areas of the ageing face, for instance volume, skin tone and fine lines, which surgery cannot do.

Here at Harley Street Skin Clinic we have developed The Celebrity Facelift which can be performed in less than an hour and which is truly minimally invasive with a speedy recovery. It is a non-surgical quick fix which addresses the main features of aging, ie  muscular change, . loss of volume in the mid face, loss of elasticity of the skin and skin thinning and discolouration leading to fine lines around the eyes and dull skin appearance. We use a combination of treatments during the procedure including Azzaalure, Teosyal Fractora Firm and PRP using Selphyl. They all have their individual strengths but when used together can achieve an even more rejuvenated look  The result s are much more natural looking, age appropriate with the patient looking refreshed and glowing .

Look younger, much faster…

Thread lift have been around for some years but the new Silhouette Soft Lift  is  an improved and much quicker procedure which doesn’t require any incisions at all  and is carried out using local anaesthetic. The procedure uses a new type of soft suture  which are introduced into the skin through a miniscule needle hole in the cheek area, so small it is not visible after the procedures. The thread is also much finer with minute bio absorbable cones attached (rather than the old style barbs cones) which pull up the tissue.  These dissolve over two years. They are made of the same material as Sculptra so, as they dissolve, there is an increase in collagen and elastin as the polylactic acid stimulates collagen production so they also improve the structure and appearances of the skin The lift is ideal for 40- 70 age group, those with sagging around the jowls and lower face and will give you back rosy apple cheeks as  it restores volume in the cheek area .No pillow face, just a natural lift.  Immediate results, no downtimeand the results last up to two years. Cost from around £1950

GET BEACH READY

According to business intelligence experts Global Data, last year patients splashed out £12.5 million on non-invasive body treatments. And they expect that by 2017,this will have exploded to reach £31 million a year. In the last few years  hi tech body shaping treatments have come on in leaps and bounds with a number of new technologies introduced to reduce fat, target cellulite and tighten skin. If you have some stubborn spots that seem forever-resistant to any cardio class or weigh training regime you throw at them, lunchtime fat removal could be for you. For  me, the best, most measurable results are being achieved with *Cellutite. An offshoot of the BodyTite procedure, and uses the same high energy RF technology and suitable for moderate to severe cellulite especially on buttocks and thighs.  A cannula is inserted under the skin which cuts the fibrous tissues that pull the skin into dimples, leveling out the bulges of fat. At the same time the RF energy warms the skin making it tighter and smoother. The procedure is carried out as a day case under local anesthesia. Support garments are worn for 4 weeks afterwards. Only one treatment necessary, results are seen immediately and results are permanent. Cost from £2500

Viora Refit/R is the latest RF treatment for the body and is great for saggy tummies tops of arms. It’s a quick, safe procedure which uses both vacuum massage and radiofrequency (RF). The massage improves blood circulation and lymphatic draining, while the heat produced by RF stimulates new collagen growth for better skin thickness and texture. You’ll need four to six 20-minute treatments for maximum effect and results should last for at least two to three years as long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle. The cost is around £200 per treatment.

MALAR MOUNDS

Loose or sagging skin that spans from under the eye to the top of the cheekbone is called ‘festoons’ or malar mounds. These heavy bags  are often genetic but can also be caused through sun exposure or smoking. Festoons can vary in severity but when they start getting in the way of your vision it becomes more than just a cosmetic procedure. Surgery is not always the answer, but deep laser resurfacing – or laser blepharoplasty – is a new procedure  in the UK which can have dramatic results plus there is  less bruising, bleeding and a quicker recovery than conventional surgery. Expect eyelids to be puffy and swollen for several days after the procedure and cost would be around £2.5k.

HAIR  WE GO AGAIN.. Thanks to WAYNE Rooney ,who  has  just had a second hair op on his thinning thatch,  male hair transplants are in the headlines again. And while  more men are increasingly prepared to undergo expensive surgery to deal with their thinning locks, women are actually more reluctant to see treatment. But female pattern hair loss is a growing problem affecting 60 per cent of women by the age of 50 and it’s not uncommon to see women in their late teens and twenties developing  thinning hair .For a woman, much more so than a man ,  hair is a crucial part of their look and confidence so losing hair can be a traumatic experience which can even  affect physical health. Unfortunately, the science of female pattern balding is still largely misunderstood and while hair loss in women can be hereditary it can also be due to many underlying medical such as thyroid problems, polycystic ovary syndrome, anaemia, chronic illness or hormonal changes such as the menopause. During your 40’s oestrogen levels in the body change and hair does not grow at the same rate as it did. As a result, there is a gradual thinning of hair on the top, front and crown areas. The texture also becomes finer and the hair does not seem to be so strong due to the slow down in melanin production.  In fact, between the age of 40 and 50 women may lose around 20 per cent of their hair. But hair loss can also be a temporary side effect of medication such as ibuprofen or chemotherapy Many women can also be helped by hair transplant surgery and new technologies mean it is virtually impossible to tell when someone has had treatment. Under local anaesthetic, hair is taken from the donor area at the back of the head and transferred into the areas of hair loss. Once repositioned the hair rests for up to 16 weeks and then starts its natural growth cycle – around nine months later there will be a great improvement in the density of hair. Cost from £3000. For thinning hair we are seeing great results using  Mesotherapy  is a procedure consisting of multiple injections using a cocktail of active ingredients  which can help boost thinning locks. You may need a course of six one a month. Treatment starts at £350.

A TIGHTER TUMMY IN TIME FOR SUMMER

Just like how the skin on your face ages, so does the skin on your body. And the stomach is one area where time takes its toll. From thinning skin to crepiness, a lack of tone  can make a huge difference in the look of the stomach. Mostly, loose skin on the stomach is usually the result of pregnancy or weight loss and the older you are when either of these events happen, the more likely it is that collagen and elastin in the skin have experienced some damage. Sun exposure can also cause the quality of the skin to change with time, while genetics are partially responsible for skin-related changes as well. For the most part, loose skin is accompanied by excess pockets of fat, but there are  some women who experience just loose skin tone,  usually on those that are thin with little or no extra belly fat. Radio-frequency-based procedures  can  help significantly here by tightening and firming  loose skin  as they distribute radiofrequency energy at a deeper level to heat the skin so that collagen is generated for a more contoured, tighter shape. Viora Refit is the latest RF treatment for the body and is great for saggy tummies. It’s a quick, safe procedure which uses both vacuum massage and radiofrequency (RF). The massage improves blood circulation and lymphatic draining, while the heat produced by RF stimulates new collagen growth for better skin thickness and texture. You’ll need four to six 20 minute treatments for maximum effect and results should last for at least two to three years as long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle. The cost is around £200 per treatment.

TIGHTEN UP

Skin tightening treatments using radiofrequency  (RF) are big news and have become one of the most asked for procedures at our clinic Used on the face or body a course of RF can tighten saggy skin firm tissue and smooth wrinkled skin and technology is getting better all the time The treatment works by delivering energy into the skin, heating collagen without damaging the skin’s surface resulting in tighter, smoother skin. Fractora can tighten saggy skin on the eyelids face neck decollate as well as the hands and uses the latest fractional radiofrequency The skin is heated by placing a small handle against the skin. RF energy is passed through a series of tiny bipolar pins which heats the skin and causes tiny pin price holes that the body naturally repairs – this stimulates new collagen production and also improves the tone and texture of the skin.  Recovery is around a week with swelling and bruising and results seen in ten days and will last up to five years. Cost £XX Necktite is the most advanced treatment in the world for loose skin on the neck while FaceTite, both using RF energy can also tighten skin on the forehead, around the cheeks, mouth and jowls. Viora Refit is the latest RF treatment for the body and is great for saggy tummies. It’s a quick, safe procedure which uses both vacuum massage and radiofrequency (RF). The massage improves blood circulation and lymphatic draining, while the heat produced by RF stimulates new collagen growth for better skin thickness and texture. You’ll need four to six 20 minute treatments for maximum effect and results should last for at least two to three years as long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle. The cost is around £200 per treatment.

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