laser skin resurfacing 1st November 2019

Reduce the Signs of Ageing with Laser Skin Rejuvenation

It’s a sad truth universally acknowledged that as we age, so does our skin. Time may bring with it wisdom and experience but also a real and noticeable decline in our skin’s suppleness, elasticity and general healthiness. With the passing years triggering a natural downturn in such youth-preserving proteins as collagen and elastin, our very own skin can seem like our own worst enemy. The gradual depletion in these essential, age-combatting protein reserves can leave many significant indications of age on the skin, from fine lines and wrinkles to sagging and loss of volume.

Speeding up the ageing process

Yet age, as a skin damage influencer that’s impossible to stop, does not shoulder all of the responsibility for blemish-ridden, time-worn skin. There are many other things that can bring about skin decline and quicken the ageing process. Frequent, unprotected exposure to the sun, and its powerful ultraviolet rays, can result in collagen and elastin supplies being worn out more quickly, leaving lines and age spots across many areas of your body. It’s also thought that sun exposure is responsible for the production of free radicals, compromised oxygen molecules that can, at the very least, lead to the formation of wrinkles and other signs of ageing on the skin.

Free radical production is also said to be sparked by frequent cigarette smoking, making tobacco and heavy sunlight an extremely harmful mix. Years of smoking can also cause blood vessels to constrict, limiting the amount of oxygen and nutrients sent to the skin and leading to a rapid decline in healthy appearance.

Repetitive cigarette-sucking can also leave the mouth and lips covered in the signs of ageing, with regular indulgence in another much-loved vice, alcohol, leaving the skin drier and more likely to reveal the signs of ageing.

Rejuvenating the skin

As the body’s largest organ, there’s more than enough skin to show the signs of ageing and the effects of these other factors. It’s almost enough to make you cry. Or, it would be, if repetitive facial movements such as crying, frowning and laughing didn’t also contribute to the breaking down of collagen and elastin!

Following a regular skincare routine, healthy diet and lifestyle and adhering to proper precautions in the hot weather will all help to slow the signs of ageing, but the looming spectre of time is not one that can be halted forever. This means that there will come a time when skin rejuvenation has to come with the support of a dermatology specialist.

Laser Skin Resurfacing

Dr Firas Al-Niaimi, world-leading consultant dermatologist, is well-versed in how to identify and treat the signs of ageing. Amongst his most popular treatments is Laser Skin Resurfacing, a procedure used to tackle and rejuvenate the skin, resulting in a more refreshed and revitalised natural appearance.

There are two different types of Laser Skin Resurfacing treatments on offer: Erbium and CO2. With both using laser technology to target the skin with concentrated laser beams to encourage natural reserves of collagen and elastin into carrying out repair and restoration duties, the difference between the two treatments is the level of the skin at which the laser is directed. For more superficial and moderately deep lines and wrinkles, the Erbium treatment is recommended. This also leaves fewer side effects such as redness and swelling.

For a more thorough skin rejuvenation procedure, it’s preferable to opt for CO2 Laser Resurfacing. In this treatment, lasers penetrate deeper layers of skin to remedy the effects of deeper-lying wrinkles and lines. Owing to the more intense nature of this procedure, a longer period of recovery and downtime is necessary, with an aftercare routine of paramount importance.

Both treatments will leave you feeling rejuvenated and reinvigorated, removing the most obvious signs of ageing from your skin and putting a healthy glow in their place.

To find out more, contact Dr Firas today.

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