Wrinkles

As we get older, our complexions inevitably become less smooth .Wrinkles are caused by a host of factors including loss of collagen and elastin, sun damage, smoking, alcohol use, hormonal changes excessive frowning or smiling Acne scars are seen as a result of inflammatory damage in the skin that results in a loss of collagen and elastin leading to local areas of skin depression and unevenness. Lines, wrinkles and sun spots develop over time. Some people are comfortable with these changes, others want to improve the appearance of their skin. Laser wrinkle removal therapy can improve your complexion by reducing the appearance of wrinkles.

Laser wrinkle removal cannot produce the dramatic results of surgical facelifts, but they can reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. However, the effect wears off gradually so you will need to repeat treatments to maintain results. Your specialist will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the different treatment options to help you decide which is best for you.

To obtain a more youthful appearance Hampshire Laser Clinic can offer treatments with Advanced Fluorescent Technology (AFT) and the long pulsed Nd:YAG 1320 laser systems. A combination offers optimal results since no one system can remove all wrinkles or signs of aging.

Skin rejuvenation is performed using a long-pulsed Nd:YAG laser and Advanced Fluorescent Technology (AFT) system in combination. The short wavelength Advanced Fluorescent Technology system produces broadband light, which can eliminate superficial signs of aging, including freckles, broken capillaries, rosacea and age spots. The long wavelength Nd:YAG laser treats wrinkles in the deeper layers of the skin.

Wrinkle treatment results

How does the treatment work?
The short wavelength Advanced Fluorescent Technology system (AFT) produces a broadband light that eliminates superficial signs of ageing, including freckles, broken capilliaries, rosacea and age spots. The light is absorbed by pigmented areas where it is converted into heat, causing break down of pigment. In broken capilliaries and spider veins, the light is absorbed by the pigment in the blood generating heat that collapses the unwanted vein.

The long wavelength Nd:YAG laser gently heats up the lower layers of the skin producing collagen that stimulates a healing response. This acts as a new foundation for the skin, reducing wrinkles and improving skin tone. Because both these treatments do not damage the outer layers of the skin, there is no prolonged healing time and normal activities can be resumed immediately.

Can all areas of the body be treated and does skin colour make a difference?
All areas of the body can be treated. It should be noted that fine wrinkles are more likely to have noticeable results than deep wrinkles. All skin types can be treated and skin colour makes little difference to the benefits of the treatment.

Are there any side-effects?
Rarely redness and irritation of the treated area may occur (like sunburn). There is also a small risk of pigment change following treatment. A small minority of patients develop bruising or blistering. This settles within a few days.

How many treatments are needed?
A series of 3 to 6 treatments is recommended at monthly intervals. Methods to reduce further collagen breakdown include smoking cessation and the application of a moisturiser with SPF30 sun block. The effects of the treatment may also be prolonged with the use of medical grade skin care products. These will enhance the efficacy of the treatment. It must be remembered that the skin is constantly ageing, so it is envisaged that further treatments in the future may well be desirable.

What other methods of wrinkle reduction are available?
For deeply etched wrinkles, we recommend laser skin resurfacing using an Er:YAG laser. These advanced high power lasers removes the upper layers revealing the fresher, more youthful, skin beneath. Muscle relaxing injections and dermal filling injections such as Restylane can also be employed.

Is laser treatment safe?
Yes. There is no evidence whatsoever to suggest that the treatment can lead to skin disorders or an increased risk of cancer. Furthermore, every precaution has been taken to ensure the safety of the patient. Having met all the necessary conditions, Hampshire Laser Clinic is registered with the Healthcare Commission. The lasers are also subject to periodic checks by the Regional Radiation Physics & Protection Service.

The treatment is carried out only by qualified and fully trained doctors. Patients are required to wear approved protective goggles at all times.

What is the cost?

The cost of each treatment varies. The cost is directly associated with the time it takes to treat certain areas. At the Hampshire Laser Clinic, we can offer very competitive and affordable laser treatments because we only use fast, state of the art lasers. Please use our contact form or call us on- 01420 52 00 33 (Bentley Clinic) or 01483 23 36 53 (Woking Clinic) for specific costs or general enquiries.

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