Anti-ageing treatments aren’t just for your face

You’d be forgiven for thinking that your face was the number one give away for showing your age – let’s face it, (excuse the pun!), it’s the main thing that people see when they interact with you, right? And that is true, but it’s not the only thing they see.

Worrying about crow’s feet, frown lines or sagging skin in the jowls and jawline are most definitely concerns that we all have as we age, but have you thought about how ageing can affect your neck, your hands, or if you’re a woman, your décolleté?

All these areas are often neglected when we think about anti-ageing treatments, but there are many options to address conditions which affect these areas such as crepey skin, age spots and pigmentation or so called ‘turkey neck’.

Let me explain the treatments that we have at Hilton Skin Clinics, for both men and women, which mean that it’s not just your face that can have some TLC towards making you look your best.

Chemical Peels

Skin peels aren’t just for your face. Sun damage can affect your hands, just as much as your face and skin peels can be an effective solution. They’re also great to use on the décolleté, also called the décolletage. This is the chest area in a woman, between the breasts and the neck, which is often exposed to the sun by low cut tops. The décolleté is prone to pigmentation spots, little brown age spots, or multiple freckles, all of which is due to sun damage. This also make the skin thin and wrinkly or crepey. Skin peels range in their depth of penetration and can we used to target this pigmentation to leave behind bright skin, as well as encouraging and stimulating new collagen or fresh skin cells to form to brighten and smooth the area.

Decolletage

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)

If you don’t fancy chemical skin peels, then using Intense Pulsed Light or IPL we can address skin pigmentation on the décolleté by destroying the melanin (pigment) with a special wavelength of light. As well as destroying the pigmentation, the IPL also stimulates the production of new collagen, so over time the appearance of the whole area is improved. We can also use this treatment on the face and hands to address it all in one go.

Dermaroller or Medical Skin Needling

The effect of crepey skin or skin which has multiple small wrinkles across the surface is often most noticeable in the décolletage area. You’d be surprised how much this area sees the sun during a lifetime and it can often be one area where you forget to regularly apply a high SPF sunscreen, even if you slap it on your face religiously every day. With V-neck tops or strappy tops, women often expose this area of the body right through from Spring and into early Autumn. Over time, this cumulative exposure can increase skin pigmentation as well as produce laxity in the skin and a leathery-look. As well as addressing brown spots with a variety of treatments, as we have discussed, we are able to stimulate the production of new collagen and elastin – the stretchy parts which make up skin – using treatments like dermaroller or medical skin needling. We use both the Genuine Dermaroller system and the electronic dermaroller system called eDS. When either medical needling system is applied to the skin, thousands of micro-medical needle-columns will be produced. Each needle-column is microscopic, around 0.1mm in width, and will stimulate the process of repair and regeneration.

neck

Anti-Wrinkle Injections or Botulinum Toxin

As we age, the bands of muscle which run down the neck, known as platysmal bands, begin to become more visible and thicker, so much so that they show even when you’re not extending or moving your neck around much. This phenomenon is often referred to as ‘turkey neck’. The good news is that botulinum toxin injections, or Botox®, which is a prescription medicine often used to treat crow’s feet and frown lines can also be used to reduce the appearance of these platysmal muscles. This reduces the amount that they stand out on the neck, leaving a smoother and more youthful look to the overlaying skin.

Dermal Fillers

As well as reducing lines and wrinkles on the face, or enhancing lips, dermal fillers are great to use in the hands to plump out the tops of the hands which often lose volume or fat and can start to look quite skeletal as we age. The old saying goes that if you want to know how old someone really is – look at their hands – well not anymore. If you think your hands are starting to look less plump and you can see more of the underlying tendons and tissue, then injecting a filler product may be a great solution to bring back some youth to your hands – then no one will know how old you are!

hands pigmentation

If you’re worried about the ageing effects on your hands, neck, décolletage, as well as your face then contact Hilton Skin Clinics in Reading today to book a consultation to discuss how we can help.

February 3, 2019

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PROFHILO Skin Remodelling Cosmetic Injectable Now in Available in Reading

Stop Press! We have some very exciting news…

Hilton Skin Clinics has just launched a new cosmetic injectable treatment which is being heralded as a ‘game-changer’ by cosmetic medicine experts.

PROFHILO, which is made in Italy is comprised of hyaluronic acid (HA), as is present in some of the other dermal filler brands that we regularly use for volumising, contouring and smoothing wrinkles; but it’s not a dermal filler, which is what makes it so exciting.

Unlike many dermal fillers, PROFHILO uses both high molecular weight and low molecular weight hyaluronic acid, 32mg of each to be precise. It is made without the need to add cross-linking agents to stabilise the gel; the makers simply use a heating process to produce it, which is unique to PROFHILO. The NAHYCO™ Hybrid Technology that is used makes it a much more natural product, as it is 100% pure hyaluronic acid. The clever part is that this hybrid mix of low and high molecular weight HA results in the slow and long-lasting delivery of both types of HA, and this is what stimulates the building blocks of new collagen in the skin. The combination of the two in this way means that they work cooperatively and in a completely different way to how they would if you used them independently.

We use PROFHILO to remodel skin, treat skin laxity and stimulate your own natural collagen production to rejuvenate your face or hands. This is not a ‘filling’ process, but adding a substance which enables tissue quality improvement, and is great for improving laxity in the cheeks and jowls. It’s also fantastic in areas which are regarded as difficult to treat with conventional dermal filler products, such as the temples, forehead and neck.

Treatment on the face, for overall rejuvenation, is carried out by injecting PROFHILO into five specific points which have been proven to be the optimum areas for placement. The product is very smooth and easy to inject, so treatment is quick and simple. Usually, you will need to have two sessions of treatment with a break of a month in between. After that, we can decide how regularly you might need to come back for a touch-up.

Once the product has had time to settle after treatment – by the way, you won’t leave our clinic with an immediate ‘plumped effect’ as such, as that’s not what it’s designed to do, remember it’s not a filler – what you will notice after a short time in an increase in the elasticity and firmness of your skin, which will continue to improve over time. You can expect the results to last at least 6 months, sometimes longer, depending on the improvement that we’re trying to achieve, as well as how well you look after yourself with your diet and lifestyle.

PROFHILO Results

For the best way to really understand just how good PROFHILO is, you really need to see some of the results that are being achieved with the product, so here are a selection of before and after photographs, of real patients. Remember, your results may differ, and we will need to see you for a thorough consultation before we know if PROFHILO is the right treatment for you.

Before Profhilo Treatment
After Profhilo treatment


Before (left) and one month after the second treatment (right). [Dr. P. Piersini]

Before and after Profhilo treatment
Profhilo treatment results

There really is nothing else out there like PROFHILO and we’re very pleased to be able to bring this to our clients in Reading. If you’re interested in learning more about it then contact Hilton Skin Clinics today to book a consultation to discuss how we can help.

February 3, 2019

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JUL

The clinic really give you good advice in how to look after your skin and didn’t seem too pushy when selling what I needed. I ended having the EDS Dermaroller for my face and neck. I was so worried it would be so painful but surprisingly it's not that bad at all but I did have some anaesthetic cream applied before hand.

KATE MONTERIAN

The staff are friendly, professional and very knowledgeable. When I arrived everything was explained to me and it was better than I had originally expected. I can’t wait for the next session of microdermabrasion!! I would now recommend them to my friends too.

BARBARA SOPATA

The clinic is always spotless and has a warm inviting atmosphere. Staff members are extremely knowledgeable about all of their treatments, and they even took the time to speak to me over the phone relating to questions about my treatment before I even booked a consultation. 5 star clinic and would highly recommend to anyone.

S.I

I have had 4 treatments here for laser hair removal. The staff are extremely friendly and the product knowledge is excellent. The Treatment itself, well what can I say except… Pain FREE and after the first patch test, I noticed a significant reduction of hair.

RIZWANA ALI

The Soprano Laser Hair removal is a virtually pain-free treatment and I am very impressed with the results so far and I am only half way through my course. Looking forward to the final results!