Understanding your skin can be of great help when planning to enhance your appearance.
An integral understanding of skin anatomy & physiology is the foundation of our practice.
Skin provides our unique appearance and facial shape, providing protection from the environment, preventing excess water loss and protecting the body from infection. Understanding the structure and function of this vital organ is the first step in providing effective anti-ageing treatment.
As the skin ages, its qualities evolve. Collagen and elastin fibres are degraded and the quality of the body’s own hyaluronic acid is reduced, resulting in decreased elasticity and changes in structure. Key areas in the face which provide symmetry and youthful contours lose volume, resulting in typical ageing features. Anti-Wrinkle Injections primarily act to reduce the repetitive skin folding that leads to wrinkle formation over time. Dermal Fillers restore contour volume, skin hydro-balance and improve the skin structure and elasticity, filling out wrinkles and folds to return facial symmetry and youthfulness.
Beauty ideals change over time, within and between cultures, with the desire to feel beautiful central in most people’s lives. Choosing to manifest this through presenting an enhanced youthful appearance is achievable with modern cosmetic techniques.
The skin is is the largest organ in the human body: it is a tissue which covers the whole body, representing 15% of body weight and about 2m2 of surface. The physiology of skin changes with time, with physical ageing causing subtle aesthetic changes throughout life.
The aging process produces many changes to skin. There is a loss of volume in the face, with redistribution of fat in the cheeks (malar fat pad), chin, nasal area and lips. Repetitive muscle contraction over the years causes deeper and permanent wrinkles in certain areas, such as glabellar lines between the eyebrows, crows feet around the eyes and forehead area wrinkles. The contours of the facial skin drapes over the underlying skull and muscles.
The skin provides the primary layer of protection for your body. It is your initial preventative measure against physical, chemical and biological threats (microorganisms, UV radiation, etc), and makes up the foundation of your innate immune system.