Skin rejuvenation: which treatments are the most effective?
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Aesthetics expert, Dr Kim Prescott, discusses popular non-surgical skin rejuvenation treatments as well as the latest regenerative medicine and skincare options.
Q: Can you tell us about your background as an aesthetics doctor?
I qualified as a medical doctor in 1999 and first found myself using some of the procedures I employ in aesthetics when I worked in palliative care: botulinum toxin can be used for symptom control, and dermal filler was used to combat some of the side-effects of antiretroviral drugs.
Friends then started asking for facial rejuvenation treatments encouraging me to do further training in this field, and I also began working with a group that helped restore self-esteem and confidence in women who had experienced trauma, abuse or cancer.
When my daughter started school, I gave up my full-time post as a hospital consultant to become a part-time university lecturer and opened a private practice focusing on scientific skincare, medical weight loss and aesthetics. I continue to lecture in dermatology and advanced aesthetics, and also train medical practitioners in advanced aesthetics techniques.
Q: Why is a holistic approach to skincare treatment important for aesthetics practices?
It is essential to address nutrition, skin health and hormones alongside advanced treatments. The skin is the largest organ in the body and reflects your overall state of health. For the best results you need to produce collagen and elastin in the skin – and to do this, you need adequate stores of the building blocks of collagen, e.g. vitamin C and zinc.
I usually suggest starting with particular skincare ingredients and offer nutrition advice for good skin. This approach helps encourage optimal collagen production when someone undergoes skin rejuvenation treatments in the clinic, such as microneedling, PRP facials, radio frequency skin tightening or a combined treatment along the lines of the non-surgical Pyramid FaceLift which involves RF microneedling and skin resurfacing.
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Q: Who are those seeking facial rejuvenation and other treatments today?
My patients tend to be women and men looking for non-surgical skin treatments that are going to give results based on good scientific studies or extensive experience, rather than simply promoted on social media.
I am often asked how to rejuvenate damaged face skin and reduce wrinkles and other signs of aging by people who have had significant sun exposure over the years, including sportsmen and women, gardeners and sun-worshippers.
There is growing concern about using dermal fillers so patients are increasingly asking me about other options, for example using their own plasma (PRP and PRF) in facial regenerative treatments.
Q: For what other reasons might patients seek skin rejuvenation and regenerative treatments?
Some are looking for restorative treatments or whole body rehabilitation after illness, chemotherapy or periods of stress. Younger patients tend to be interested in “prejuvenation” – the prevention of ageing. Male patients often visit the clinic for hair restoration treatments, cryotherapy removal of skin tags or benign skin lesions.
Q: What skin rejuvenation treatments do you find give the best results?
It varies from patient to patient, which is why it is so important to be seen by an experienced medical practitioner.
The bespoke Pyramid MD FaceLift, including personalised skincare and adjunctive treatments, such as LED phototherapy, PRP or 24 carat Aquagold® infusion facials, deliver great results. Standalone Aquagold® treatments, also known as Hollywood “Golden Cocktails,” are also extremely popular at the moment.
To find out more visit drkpclinic.co.uk or call 07394 567325.