Your Guide to Skin Ageing: Part 2
27th April, 2021
At Revolution Aesthetics, our medical professionals deliver a range of treatments that are designed to give you a natural glow and a boost of confidence without the need for invasive surgery. Our anti-ageing treatments are particularly popular amongst our patients, who want to minimise the signs of ageing and achieve a youthful appearance. In this blog, we’ll discuss extrinsic skin ageing, including the common causes, the signs and the solution. This blog is a continuation of the first part of our guide to skin ageing, which focused on intrinsic ageing.
What is extrinsic skin ageing?
In the previous blog, we discussed intrinsic ageing - the natural ageing process that occurs and is often influenced by a person’s genetics. Whilst intrinsic ageing is natural, the process of extrinsic ageing is caused by lifestyle choices and environmental factors. The most common causes of premature skin ageing include UV exposure and not using sunscreen, smoking and consuming a poor diet with too much sugar. These factors can create an imbalance within the skin due to harmful substances, which then has an impact on the production of collagen and elastin.
Collagen is found in the extracellular matrix and is secreted mainly by tissue cells. Collagen production can help to generate new skin cells, strengthen the skin, maximise elasticity and increase hydration. Because of the skin hydrating effects of collagen and the creation of smoother, firmer skin, collagen is extremely popular in treatments for tissue regeneration and anti-ageing injections. While collagen enhances firmness in the skin, elastin fibres help to keep the skin tight. Together, they minimise skin laxity, prevent facial volume loss and improve skin quality, which are key in the maintenance of radiant and youthful skin.
When the production of collagen and elastin declines, dry skin and wrinkles become increasingly visible. Some of the most common visible signs of extrinsic ageing include:
- Pigmentation - unprotected UV exposure can cause sun spots and age spots, which then create an uneven skin tone. When parts of your skin become darker than the surrounding areas, this is called hyperpigmentation. These dark spots, which can be part of skin conditions such as melasma, are often caused by strong UV rays that penetrate the skin.
- Frown lines - these vertical lines appear between the nose and the eyebrows. They get their name due to their visibility when you frown, as your facial muscles contract in this area as you make the facial expression.
- Laughter lines - These are wrinkles, that are also known as smile lines, that become more visible when you laugh. They appear around the mouth but can also be visible around your eyes too.
- Loss of facial volume - this can be a sign of the inevitable and natural facial ageing process, but environmental factors and lifestyle choices can cause a premature or more severe loss of facial volume. This is particularly common for smokers or those that have had excessive sun exposure. In these cases, those that once had defined cheekbones and plump skin may have excess skin folds, jowls and sagging skin as a result of extrinsic ageing.
How to minimise the signs of extrinsic skin ageing
Because extrinsic skin ageing is caused by environmental factors and lifestyle changes, you can minimise these visible signs of ageing. Consuming a healthy, balanced diet that isn’t high in sugar is a great start, and by not smoking - or quitting smoking if it is a current habit - you will also limit the visible signs of ageing. When you’re exposed to the sun and its UV rays, opting to wear sunscreen that offers high levels of protection is key to maintaining a radiant and youthful appearance.
Whilst these preventative methods are great for minimising the chance of premature ageing, they also provide great benefits for your overall health and wellbeing too. However, if you do have visible signs of ageing that you would like to minimise, we have a range of non-surgical treatments that are designed for anti-ageing. These are carried out by medical and dental professionals, who know the best practices when it comes to delivering a non-invasive treatment on all skin types.
For effective skincare, we have treatments that include ZO skin peels and the use of vitamin A/retinol, as well as ZO skincare products that can be used as part of your routine to minimise the signs of ageing. For softer and plumper skin, our dermal fillers are popular amongst patients that want radiant skin for a youthful appearance. We also offer anti-wrinkle injections that minimise the appearance of wrinkles, helping you to maintain a natural and youthful look. For better collagen and elastin production, microneedling can also be an effective treatment to combat the signs of ageing. All of these treatments and our other popular treatments, such as the 8-point facelift and SuneKOS are all designed to give you a healthy and youthful glow whilst increasing the confidence you have in your appearance and your skin.
Get in touch with us
For radiant and youthful skin with our non-surgical technology and techniques, look no further than the facial aesthetics specialists here at Revolution Aesthetics. We’ve been providing a wide variety of treatments to clients from Manchester, Cheshire, Altrincham, Alderley Edge, Hale and further afield for years and our approach to aesthetics has earned us an outstanding reputation in the area. Our dedicated team are committed to putting your needs and safety first with effective treatments that are designed to combat the signs of skin ageing. If you’d like to find out more about your options or book a consultation, get in touch with the team at our clinic by calling us on 0161 327 0969.