Leading aesthetics doctor reveals how the face changes
Reaching the half-century milestone causes lots of changes – emotional and physical. But according to Dr Rekha Tailor, a leading doctor in medical aesthetics, the changes to the face are often the most significant. Whilst some people believe surgery is the only answer, Dr Rekha Tailor is keen to assert that it’s possible to reverse the signs of ageing without going under the knife
‘When women hit 50 the menopause has usually caused changes to their skin because of the fact that their body stops making as much collagen,’ explains Dr Rekha Tailor. ‘The fat under your skin decreases as does the skin’s elasticity, especially around the neck, jaw and cheeks. This not only causes saggy skin but also lines and wrinkles.’
Whilst some people believe that surgery is the only way to restore their face to how it was before, Dr Rekha Tailor, medical director and founder of www.healthandaesthetics.co.uk is keen to assert that it is possible to reverse the signs of ageing without going under the knife.
A dermal filler is an injectable solution that fills the soft tissue under the skin to improve the appearance of ageing, wrinkles and sagging skin.
If carried out by a qualified practitioner, it’s usually without complication.
‘Dermal fillers are and will continue to be extremely popular and provided they are done by a qualified practitioner they are safe and straight-forward,’ explains Dr Rekha Tailor. ‘However there are a number of treatments available that help improve the condition and appearance of the skin for anti-ageing and profile harmonisation.’
‘Ultherapy is a nonsurgical skin-tightening treatment that uses micro-focussed, ultrasound energy to gently heat the tissue and stimulate the body’s natural production of collagen and elastin, tightening and lifting the skin. It’s FDA-cleared for the neck, chin, brow, and chest areas, and can postpone the need for surgery for many years,’ explains Dr Rekha Tailor. ‘This can improve the neck and jawline, and produce extremely effective results.’
PRP, Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy:
‘PRP, or platelet rich plasma therapy is a treatment that separates your blood so that you can inject the platelets back into the skin which then release growth factors and healing agents which will assist in more collagen growth. It helps improve the volume of the skin, reduce the appearance of fine lines, and improve skin texture, tone, pore size and luminosity. What's more, this is a completely natural treatment using your own blood so risks really are minimal.’
‘Mesotherapy is also a good option for improving the volume of the skin,’ says Dr Rekha Tailor. ‘This is a treatment which employs multiple injections of hyaluronic acid, vitamins, amino acids and growth factors. The procedure can treat a variety of issues including the fine wrinkles and lines on the neck area and can even rejuvenate the scalp for those suffering with thinning hair. It can also rejuvenate, rehydrate and tighten ageing skin.
The treatment takes around half an hour and involves small quantities of the individually tailored Hyaluronic Acid blends being injected into the desired area.’
‘Great for targeting areas such as double chins and creating a more defined jawline, CoolSculpting is a world-leading non-invasive fat-reduction treatment. It contours the body by freezing unwanted fat and involves no surgery and minimal downtime,’ explains Dr Rekha Tailor. ‘The procedure delivers cooling to target the fat cells underneath the skin. Treated fat cells are frozen and destroyed creating a more sculpted looking appearance without the need for needles.’
‘Microneedling uses small needles to create small punctures to the skin,’ explains Dr Rekha Tailor. ‘The purpose is to generate new collagen and skin tissue to create smoother, firmer and more toned skin. This procedure is mostly used on the face and can help treat complaints such as wrinkles, large pores and scars and is great for those with darker skin tones who cannot have laser treatments due to the risk of pigmentation.’
Whilst it’s inevitable that it’s impossible to reverse the signs of ageing completely, Dr Rekha Tailor is keen to assert that knowledge is power, and making ourselves aware of the possible treatments out there can only help patients to make a more informed decision about the treatment that is right for them.