How do facial lines and wrinkles form?
Facial lines and wrinkles (rhytides) form because of the following factors:
There is often a degree of asymmetry to the lines, as people tend to smile or frown more on one side than the other, or consistently sleep on the right or the left cheek.
Fine lines and wrinkles arise because of irregular thickening of the dermis (mid layer of skin) and because of a decrease in the amount of water held by the epidermis (skin surface). This is mainly caused by sun damage and exposure to environmental toxins particularly tobacco smoke.
Deeper lines or furrows are classified as dynamic or static. Dynamic lines appear with movement i.e. the activity of facial muscles. Static lines are unchanged with muscle movement. Eventually dynamic lines become static.
Facial lines and wrinkles
Sags and bags
Skin laxity or drooping is caused by several factors:
The result is:
What treatment is available at Intimate You?
Remarkable changes in facial appearance can be obtained, giving a younger appearance and improving complexion. Often combinations of different cosmetic procedures are required for the best results.
At Intimate You SmartXtide2 DOT/RF fractionated CO2 and radiofrequency resurfacing is used in expert hands to produce world class results.
In order to be treated, skin needs to have not been exposed to prolonged direct sunlight in the last 3 months to reduce the risk of post procedure hyperpigmentation. Clients need to not be pregnant, less than 3 months postnatal or breastfeeding.
At an assessment consultation with one of our doctors, a full medical history including medication and allergies is taken followed by detailed examination and discussion of client’s wishes and expectations.
On the day of treatment, the skin is thoroughly cleansed and prepared and topical anaeasthetic is applied to the area to be treated. This takes around 45mins to take full effect, so making the treatment comfortable. After treatment, the feeling is of mild sunburn for a few hours. Cooling is provided to assist with this.
A full detailed aftercare plan is formulated and agreed with each client. `This includes access to our 24h 365 days a year hotline to one of our doctors who is always on hand to advise.
Usually at least 2-3 treatments are needed at 6 week intervals. All sun exposure is to be avoided for at least 3 months after the course of treatment and high factor sunscreen on a daily basis with shading is recommended long term to prolong the beneficial effects as far as possible.
BTL Exilis radiofrequency with its special facial probe can be used to lift and smooth the skin. The treatment works to tighten and strengthen existing collagen and elastin whilst stimulating further new collagen production.
This treatment requires no anaesthetic and is painless, having the feeling of a warm massage. It is a walk-in / walk-out treatment which requires no special skin preparation but still needs full medical history and examination.
A grounding pad is stuck onto the skin, usually on the upper back, and ultrasound gel is used whilst the probe is moved across the skin. Treatment time depends on the number of areas being treated and there is no downtime afterwards. Any minimal redness of the skin usually resolves within 30mins.
Some tightening and lifting is visible immediately and results continue to improve for at least 3 months after treatment. Usually at least 4 treatments are needed at 1 week intervals.