Ageing Factors To Avoid And Ways To Improve Your Skin

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What causes skin to age?

Intrinsic ageing is a physiological process, often dependant on genetic factors, which cannot be reversed or slowed down. The extrinsic ageing is due to factors such as excessive UV exposure, environmental insults such as smoking and can be addressed by the following.

Reducing UV exposure

  • You can protect your skin from sun damage by wearing sunscreen daily. This should be a part of your daily routine, as habitual as brushing your teeth.
  • Apply sunscreen as directed on the label. Many people don’t put enough on, so be liberal when you apply it and reapply every 1 to 3 hours or more frequently after swimming, sweating or direct sun exposure.
  • Avoid sunbeds and wear a high factor sunscreen in the summer months and on sunny holidays.
  • Wearing sunglasses helps to reduce lines around the eyes caused by squinting.

Avoid smoking

Smoking speeds up the breakdown of collagen and constricts blood vessels which carry nutrients and oxygen to your skin. Smokers are more likely to get wrinkles earlier.

Avoid yo-yo dieting

Eating disorders such as bulimia and anorexia create stress, which can cause premature ageing of the skin and will also affect nails and hair.

Consider antioxidants

If you use a skin care product that has antioxidants, apply it in the morning before using sunscreen. Both products work in tandem to protect your skin from any damage.

Eat Avocados

Avocados are high in Vitamin A and omega-3 fatty acids that help to clear dead skin cells. They have glutamine – an amino acid that acts as a skin cleanser and protects from harsh environmental factors helping to prevent wrinkles.

Conclusion

Aesthetic treatments such as anti-wrinkle injections and fillers will help reduce signs of ageing. Please contact Dr Naila Usmani, consultant dermatologist on 03333210029 or email botoxmyskin@gmail.com

Are Dermal Fillers Safe?

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Dermal fillers are injections used to fill out the wrinkles and creases in the skin and can be used for lips, nasolabial folds and cheeks as well as the marionette areas around the mouth. Advances in these types of fillers mean that these substances have an increasingly favourable side effect profile.

The final decision whether to use fillers is an extremely personal one. You need to decide if the treatment is going to achieve exactly what you expect it to do. For this a thorough consultation with a skin expert should be your first port of call.

Fillers are made from different materials and the final effects can depend upon the filler type. They can either be permanent or temporary.

  • Calcium hydroxylapatite – last for 18 months
  • Collagen – you can see the effect for 3 to 4 months
  • Polymethylmethacrylate – permanent, but a few risks involved
  • Hyaluronic acid – the filler of choice at Myskindesign! You can see the effects for up to 12-18 months although in the lips they tend to last for only 6 months

Before you choose

It is important to appreciate the cost, procedures limitations and what the treatment involves.

Limitations

  • Most fillers are not permanent
  • The ageing process will continue and further treatment may be necessary

What does the treatment involve?

The practitioner will apply a local anesthetic cream or an anesthetic injection. The practitioner injects the filler in a series of small injections and then they may massage the area.

The time taken for the treatment varies from 30 minutes to 1 hour, depending on the treatment and your skin type. It may be uncomfortable but it is not be painful.

After Treatment

You may get some swelling, bruising and redness for at-least 24 hours after the procedure. During that time, you are advised to avoid sunlight, hot drinks, alcohol and exercise. Other extremely rare side effects can include granulomas and skin necrosis although these have a frequency of 1:10000.

Who is suitable for this treatment?

This treatment is suitable for most people. Results will vary from person to person based on their medical history and the condition of their health.

This treatment is not recommended for breastfeeding and pregnant women

What are the areas people can get treated safely?

Marionnettes (corners of the mouth)

Sometimes the corners of your mouth can droop leaving you looking unhappy. This filler is placed below the mouth corners with a little amount directly into the lip corners as well.

Nose

Fillers can be used to straighten out any bumps or lumps in the nose without the need for surgery. They can be directly injected into the nose to smooth out the slight bumps present in the nose bridge.

Cheeks

As you age, your face will lose elasticity and volume. This highlights hollow cheek bones, and excess skin results in sunken cheeks. Fillers injected in these areas plump out the face with a natural volume and gives a slight lift.

Hands

Ageing hands can lose volume and their skin becomes thinner. Fillers injected at the back of the hands can make them appear plumper and reduce prominent veins.

It is always advisable

  • To use a professional doctor/clinician.
  • To ask your doctor/practitioner whether the filler is fully approved and if it is directly purchased from the manufacturer.

Conclusions

According to American Society of Plastic Surgeons 2.2 million Americans had this treatment in 2013 and this number is now likely to have increased even further. The procedure has grown more and more popular in the UK.

Every procedure to alter your appearance needs to be considered carefully and it is important to use a qualified doctor/practitioner to perform any procedures.

My Skin Design based in Manchester aims to offer our patients a wide choice of treatments and we pride ourselves on high standards of care.

The clinic also offers other safe treatments such as Botox, lip fillers and chemical skin peels,

For a consultation, call us 0333 321 0029 ( or ) email us at botoxmyskin@gmail.com

Dermal Fillers for Facial Scars

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About Dermal fillers?

Dermal fillers are a facial aesthetic treatment involving injections of hyaluronic acid or other chemicals into the skin. These treatments are effective in contouring, plumping and revitalising the skin.

Acne Patients and Scarring

Acne patients can suffer from a variety of types of scarring. 5 common types of acne scars are

  • Rolling – depression in the skin which look wide in size and shallow in depth.
  • Keloid – the scar extends beyond the limits of the original inflammatory papule.
  • Ice pick – narrow scars that create pits.
  • Hypertrophic – thickened scars raised above the skin surface
  • Boxcar – reminiscent of chicken pox scars, often found on the cheeks.

Dermal fillers can be used to treat certain types of acne scars such as rolling scars. It is a safe procedure offering excellent results to fill the depressions associated with acne scars.

Filler Dosage

For acne scars the dose of filler required varies and is dependent upon the patient’s facial anatomy. For such procedures it is best to see a qualified dermatologist to get the right dosage for your desired results.

The fillers usually give immediate and predictable results. The filler continues to modify the skin, and you may continue to see changes after a few months.

Long Term Benefits

The benefits of fillers for acne scarring include:

  • helping to break up the scar tissue
  • helping to stimulate collagen production
  • diminishing the appearance of scars

Short Term Benefits

The benefits include

  • Limited post procedure downtime
  • Immediate results
  • Results may last from several months to one year for most people

After The Treatment

Post treatment there may be some redness, swelling and bruising at the injection site for a few days. We often advise using a cold compress and oral paracetamol for any pain relief.

It is recommended that you avoid robust exercise and exposure to sun for at least 2 days after the treatment. You should avoid facial massage for 2 weeks after any type of a filer treatment with avoidance of alcohol for 24 hours after the procedure.

Selecting The Right Filler

There is a lot of dermal fillers available and so it is essential to have a consultation before your treatment to determine what filler best suits your needs.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

Dr Usmani is a consultant dermatologist specializing in Botulinum toxins and filler treatments for facial rejuvenation in Manchester and Huddersfield.

Book an appointment by contacting her through botoxmyskin@gmail.com or Call at 03333210029

When Should You See A Dermatologist

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As your skin ages, it loses resilience. Hormonal imbalances, environmental effects such as air pollution, viruses and UV rays, all contribute to tired-looking and damaged skin. Visiting a dermatologist can help improve and slow down the process of ageing.

Acne

Acne is one of the most common issues facing younger people but can affect people of all ages. It is particularly prevalent in the teenage years due to the hormonal changes that occur during puberty.

An excessive amount of sebum production together with an overgrowth of bacteria causes blackheads and inflammatory lesions such as pustules and spots. There is a range of different treatments for acne ranging from topical applications to oral medications, all of which can be very effective to prevent new spots occurring which will in turn minimize scarring.

Psoriasis

Psoriasis is caused by over activity of the immune system. Skin cells form too quickly and pile up on the skin surface. The thickened patches of skin are known as plaques and may be itchy and sore and can sometimes crack and bleed. It can appear anywhere on the skin surface but is most common on face, legs, scalp, and elbows.

A wide range of treatments exists for this condition, which can be associated with significant psychological upset. Although psoriasis cannot cure, it can be kept in remission for lengthy periods of time.

Ageing Signs

Signs of ageing include loss of elasticity and fullness of the skin together with pigment changes often known as age spots. Using an appropriate sunblock to protect your skin against the harmful effects of ultraviolet light is strongly recommended. Smoking releases free radicals which cause damage to the skin and contribute towards ageing.

Dermatologists can offer advice on the best treatments to use to combat the visual effects of ageing.

Skin cancer

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer affecting the UK population. There are many different types of skin cancer, many of which are very treatable if caught in the early stages. Most skin cancer is because of ultra violet light.

Routine checkups with a dermatologist are important especially if you notice non-healing lesions or new lesions on your skin that are changing in size, shape or colour.

Hair Loss

Hair loss can be a result of many causes, some of which can resolve on their own, whereas others may need input from a dermatologist.
Make sure you have a healthy balanced diet as this may help the health of your hair!

Infections

Various infections of the skin are caused by fungus, bacteria, and viruses. A dermatologist can diagnose the source of the infection and provide the most appropriate treatment for the type of infection you have.

Beauty products and allergic reactions

Some beauty products do not suit certain people’s skin and may cause contact allergies, causing redness and soreness of the skin. A dermatologist may be able to isolate the cause of the allergy and will be able to treat any inflammatory reaction of the skin.

Conclusion

Our skin is a great indicator of our overall health. Using the right products and protecting yourself from harmful UV rays is important. Dr. Naila Usmani is a consultant dermatologist who can treat your skin and advise you on the care and attention your skin requires.

Call us on 0333 321 0029 (or) contact us through drop an enquiry to get the better solution for your skin :)

Is Your Sleep Position Contributing To Your Wrinkles?

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How does sleeping position influence wrinkle development? If you sleep for a long time in one position, forces on the skin and changes in the skin can contribute to an increase in the number of wrinkles.

Sleeping positions that cause more wrinkles

Sleeping in a position in which it pushes the face against the pillow (laying in a fetal position) – creases the skin and over a period leads to wrinkles. According to a British sleep study, 41% of people sleep on their sides. Repeatedly pleating the skin leaves permanent marks.

Sleeping on your stomach will also contribute to the formation of wrinkles. The impact of this position likely increases with age because we tend to spend more time on it as we get older.

Younger people tend to change position on an average of 27 times a night, but that decreases by a third to just 16 positions changed in a night as we get older. Every night that we sleep in the same position, with the same folding of the skin, this reinforces the wrinkles.

The truth behind wrinkles

The cause depends on what type of wrinkles they are:

  • Dynamic wrinkles are caused by making facial expressions, such as frowning and smiling.
  • Static wrinkles occur through factors such as sun damage, genetics and the ageing process, that cause the skin to lose its elasticity

The consensus is the sleep position won’t contribute to wrinkles and even changing your position won’t prevent it. Wrinkles are more likely due to sun exposure, aging and natural expressions in the face and lines and some of these are unavoidable.

Dermal fillers are helpful for restoring healthy volume to your face.

Dermal fillers are used to plump your skin and make it appear smoother. The clinician injects the dermal filler in the specific area with a tiny needle. The fillers are often used to minimise lines around the nose, lips and its aims enhance the lip shape.

Permanent fillers used in the past, such as silicone, are no longer recommended in the face.

The effects usually last 3 to 18 months depending on the type of filler and the area treated. You need regular treatments if you want the effects to last longer.

The fillers are made from the varied materials and effects may be temporary or permanent. It depends on the filler type,

  • Poly-L-lactic acid – effects of these injections given over several months may last up to 2 years
  • Collagen – effects last between 3 to 4 months
  • Polymethylmethacrylate beads – permanent, but risky
  • Calcium hydroxylapatite – lasts up to 18 months
  • Hyaluronic acid – lasts about 4 to 6 months

Contact My Skin Design

For more information about preventing wrinkles, call us at 0333-321-0029. One of our professionals can help you to get the right treatment.

Is It Safe To Get A Facial After Botox?

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It is recommended that you wait a minimum of 24 hours after botulinum injections to get a facial.

Facial therapy can cause vasodilation of the facial vasculature, which may lead to bruising. Furthermore, the massage that occurs during facials can cause the botulinum toxin to disperse into unwanted areas, resulting in side effects such as lid and brow ptosis.

The general advice is to avoid exercising or any beauty treatments within the first 2 days after treatment to get the best possible results and avoid any potential side effects.

You must also avoid sun beds, chemical peels and laser treatments for at least a week.

Myskindesign is one of the best aesthetic clinics in the Manchester area. We have a highly trained team of medical professionals committed to creating natural results.

We are based at the Heaton Mersey orthodontic centre in Manchester and at the Wellfield House clinic in Huddersfield.

To find more about Myskindesign and our advanced injectable treatments contact us on 0333 321 0029 or email us info@myskindesign.co.uk

Free Superficial Chemical Peel

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Chemical peels are an increasingly popular way to revitalise your look, if you’re interested in having a free taster for a superficial chemical peel in Manchester, Stockport please email  info@myskindesign.co.uk . First come first served so make sure you get in touch straight away! Terms and conditions apply, see bottom of page for details.

Chemical peels are used to:

• Reduce fine lines under the eyes and around the mouth
• Reduce wrinkles caused by sun damage and aging
• Improve the appearance of mild scars
• Treat certain types of acne
• Reduce age spots, freckles, and dark patches
• Help your skin produce more collagen
• Improve the look and feel of skin
• Improve the cell turnover rate of your skin

There are some important considerations you need to contemplate before having a chemical peel:

1. Is a chemical peel right for me?

Chemical peels are great for most people, whether it’s a few wrinkles you’d like to smooth out or acne scars you’re self conscious about. Chemical peels are ideal for those with fair skin but people with dark skin may experience some discolouration depending on the type of problem being treated.

2. What kind of peel do I need?

Chemical peels come in various strengths – superficial, medium and deep – and you must never opt for a chemical peel that is too strong. If you’re concerned then simply start with the lightest option as you can always go for a stronger one next time. As cooks may say; you can always add but you can’t take away.

It’s best to get a chemical peel every four to six weeks, but if you suffer from acne there are some gentle peels you can have every two weeks until you get the results you want.

3. What preparation must I do, and is there anything I need to do after?

To prepare, you may need to take supplementary tablets such as Retin-A, Renova, or glycolic acid to help protect your skin. Once you’ve had your chemical peel you must stay away from direct sunlight and make sure you don’t have a holiday in a hot country for at least six week after.

If you’re having a deep peel, it may be worth staying hidden away for a couple of days as your skin could become red and a little swollen. Don’t worry though; it’ll all be worth it once the redness has gone!

4. Where should I get my chemical peel done?

Importantly, your chemical peel should only be administered by a qualified dermatologist or plastic surgeon. Currently there aren’t any statutory qualifications required to administer a chemical peel so it can be risky. They should have at least a relevant degree and ideally be a Member of the British Association of Dermatologists/Plastic surgeons.

Here at myskindesign we are qualified and long-time members of the British Association of Dermatologists and the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons so rest assured, you’re in safe hands.

Not only are you in safe hands, those hands come free! Email info@myskindesign.co.uk  for your free taster for a superficial chemical peel in Leeds, Manchester, Stockport. First come first served so make sure you get in touch straight away! *Terms and conditions apply, see below for details.

Dr Naila Usmani
Consultant Dermatologist
MBChB, BSc(Pharm), MRCP

Free Chemical Peel Taster Terms and Conditions: One free peel per patient to be claimed within 3 months. Maximum of 15 offers available.

Strawberries: Berry Good For Your Skin

Strawberries are good for your skin!

Strawberries have a tendency to taste even more delicious whilst watching Wimbledon Tennis in the sunshine.

As well as being delicious, they have incredible health benefits that include working miracles on your skin.

Whether you’re eating strawberries or using them directly on your face, here’s a lowdown of the top 5 reasons to stock up on them this summer:

1. Skin Repair and Acne Benefits
Strawberries contain some really beneficial acids including folic acid and salicyclic acid. Both can be found in abundance in strawberries (and raspberries for that matter). Folic acid actively encourages cell renewal and repair, which is perfect for suffering or aging skin. Plus, salicyclic acid is a widely known product used in anti-acne treatments. Spot on!

2. UV Protection
Like tomatoes, strawberries contain loads of antioxidants so eating them is a great way to protect your insides and outsides from free-radicals which are exacerbated by UV. Eat plenty of strawberries and give yourself a mini strawberry facial to give yourself the best protection. Plus, always use sunscreen to keep fine lines and wrinkles at bay!

3. Anti-Ageing
Ellagic acid is another great feature of strawberries that contributes to UV protection, but primarily its starring role is as an anti-ager. Along with Vitamin C, these work together to encourage cell regrowth, effectively combatting the influences of ageing.

4. Healthy insides, healthy outsides
Fibrous cereals look and taste like cardboard, but we’re constantly told to up our fibre intake. Happily, strawberries have a high percentage of fibre. Keeping plenty of fibre in your diet keeps your insides clean as it helps clear out toxins from your system. Healthy inside, healthy outside!

5. Zinc, Zinc, Zinc
Zinc is the best. Not only does it boost your sex drive, it is also your #1 part of your Skincare SOS kit. Zinc is a primary part of the process of cell division within your body and it can be found within every cell from your head to your toes. Zinc can also help control and maintain healthy hormone levels, which not only helps fight effects of acne but can also fight ageing. Perfect.

As well as chowing down on an enormous bowl of strawberries, you can also make simple and effective homemade toners and masks using strawberries.

Simple Strawberry Toner:
Mash up 2 large strawberries in a small bowl and sieve the juice into 30ml of water, plus half a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. Using cotton wool gently spread this over your face. Leave for 8-10 minutes and rinse off with warm water. You can keep this water in a small bottle for up to 5 days and store in the fridge.

Strawberry Facemask:
Mash up strawberries, add a little raw honey and a teaspoon of live yoghurt and spread on your skin as a mask. Leave for 10-15 minutes before washing off with clean water and patting your skin dry. You can also use this as a scrub by massaging into your skin using circular movements. Another great feature of this mask – it’s not just edible but delicious too!

If you’d like to give your skin the ultimate treat, read here about our free superficial chemical peel taster in Manchester, Stockport

Dr Naila Usmani
Consultant Dermatologist
MBChB, BSc(Pharm), MRCP

Benefits of Facial Massage

Benefits of Massage

As well as staying young, it’s important to stay looking healthy, so a facial massage should be an essential part of your beauty routine.

Why is facial massaging so effective in keeping your healthy glow?

Blood flow

Just as you massage aching joints after a long run to help repair your muscles, massaging your face encourages skin cells to rejuvenate. Massage stimulates blood flow, which is vital for keeping your skin lively and fresh.

And relax…

Release the tensions in your forehead and around your mouth by massaging out those tiny knots. This will also relax your skin, helping lines and shallow wrinkles almost disappear.

Give your skin a drink

When massaging your face masseurs often use a baby oil base which is kind to your skin. At home you can use a natural oil such as cold pressed extra virgin olive oil or even just sunflower oil to nourish and hydrate your skin.

DIY facial massage

If only we all had the budget for a bi-weekly facial massage (or even a full body one!). Facial massage is something that can very easily be done from the comfort of your own home.

First thing’s first: wash your hands. Your hands harbour bacteria, which you don’t want near your face.

Use gentle oil for your skin, and as I have mentioned you can find this in your kitchen. You may be put off by the smell of these basic oils and you can use essential oils to jazz it up a bit, but be careful not to use floral or citrus oils if you have sensitive skin.

Take a little oil in the palm of your hand and rub your hands together, warming the oil and covering your hands. Then start massaging:

1. Begin at the centre of your face on either side of the bridge of your nose, and move outwards and upwards using smooth curved movements, using either your fingers or your knuckles.

2. Return to your chin and with long strokes move upwards along the line of your jaw toward your cheek bones

3. With the flat of your palm or the heel of your palm use short upwards strokes from the centre of your forehead. Gradually move outwards along your eyebrows, continuing with the lifting movement.

There is a lot of discussion around what kind of movements you should make, between vertical, curved or circular strokes. Essentially you, just work with whatever makes you feel good.

You can focus on different parts of your face and potential ‘problem areas’ if you need to. Primarily ensure that most of your massage is moving up your face, rather than further encouraging the disparaging effects of gravity by dragging your face down and encouraging wrinkles.

You can sleep with leftover oil on your face over night for an intensive moisture boost, or simply wash off with warm water before patting your face dry.

Most importantly- enjoy it and relax!

Dr Naila Usmani
Consultant Dermatologist
MBChB, BSc(Pharm), MRCP

If you’d like to give your skin the ultimate treat, read here about our free superficial chemical peel taster in Manchester, Stockport.