When it comes to ageing, there’s no denying that it happens to us all and while we cannot turn back the hands of time, we can take steps to minimise the appearance. Depending on what you feel is your area of concern, whether that is fine lines, sun damage or crepey skin on your neck, one thing is for sure, there is no shortage of choice of treatments available to you out there.
Once you have decided the type of treatment that you’re after, you want to do as much research as possible to make sure that you are getting the right treatment for you. If in doubt, the consultation that you will have with your chosen clinic will point you in the right direction and answer any questions you might have.
With such a wide spectrum of treatments available, I thought it would be good to round up my top picks of non-surgical procedures to help soften the effects of the time.
Our necks can be the first place to show signs of ageing. Quite often this can be through neglect as we spend so much time and money focusing on above the jawline that we forget to extend that care south. Despite being told by many skincare specialists that when it comes to cleansing and moisturising and even exercising, how many of us can say that our necks get as much attention as our faces?
For anyone who has considered this but has been put off thinking it means going under the knife, then you should know that there are non-surgical neck lifts available that can help to tighten loose skin which will achieve a smoother and slimmer profile as well as helping to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Clinics such as Snowberry Lane offer different non-surgical treatment options. For example, Factora is an advanced fractional radio-frequency treatment that achieves results by using a needling technique.
If you are not familiar with derma fillers, it’s worth knowing that these are not the same as Botox as many people are led to believe. Botox, like other neurotoxins, are used to freeze muscles to reduce wrinkles, whereas, fillers add volume to the tissue and help to smooth out the skin by filling the wrinkles. Marie Claire recently posted an article breaking down the difference between the two treatments which is worth reading if you are not sure which would be best suited to you.
There are different types of fillers available such as collagen (which used to be the most popular) and hyaluronic acid. Brands such as Restylane and Juvéderm use hyaluronic acid to replace lost volume.
As fillers are a temporary fix, the results tend to last anything between 6 to 18 months. But these are ideal for first-timers.
If you are looking for a minimally invasive way to give your skin a new lease of life, then having microdermabrasion might be the treatment for you.
The procedure works by gently sanding away the thick outer layer of the skin using a special applicator which can improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, sun damage and acne scarring, as well as renewing your overall skin tone and texture.
There are microdermabrasion kits that you can try at home if you are just looking to dip your toe in. The PMD Microderm Classic is a great tool for achieving smooth, glowing skin at home if your skin concerns are minimal. However, for problems such as deeper wrinkles and age spots and acne scarring, I would suggest looking to a professional.
Our skin is precious, before starting any course of treatment, be sure to do your homework!