At Twenty-five Harley Street, we offer a holistic approach to skincare, so every client regardless of age will receive advice on nutrition and lifestyle changes to optimise their skin health. We can also customise a skincare routine to suit your particular concerns, including peels and laser treatments if required.
These days, the range of non-invasive treatments that can benefit your complexion is extensive, so how do you know what to choose? Your consultant will of course advise, but here also is a quick steer, decade by decade:
Non-surgical treatments for teens to young adults
It’s never too early to start looking after your skin. Acne treatments are the most requested in this age group and they’re very effective. There’s no need to suffer in silence with this common condition, as there are numerous interventions that can even out complexions and boost confidence. We’ll start from the inside out, offering essential diet and lifestyle advice, then add on a customised skincare regime, prescribed medications and chemical peels as needed.
- Chemical peels are a form of treatment in which a liquid is painted onto the face to remove dead skin cells and stimulate the production of new cells. Peels can be superficial, medium and deep, depending on how far the ingredients are designed to penetrate. They’re good for evening out skin tone. Skin may be red and flaky for days or weeks after treatment, depending on the type of peel used.
Non-surgical treatments for twenties
Clients in their 20s may seek general skincare advice to keep their complexion youthful and dewy and our bespoke skincare suggestions and peels will help them to do this. Adult acne is an increasing concern and clients may experience this for the first time, brought on by poor diet, hormones or stress – or it may linger from the teens. In both cases we’re able to offer the same targeted treatments as above.
Hyperpigmentation caused by the oral contraceptive pill or pregnancy (melasma) can also be addressed with a specialized skincare routine.
Persistent acne may have left scarring or pigmentation, which we can help with peels, lasers and mesotherapy.
- Mesotherapy involves injecting a cocktail of vitamins, antioxidants and, sometimes, naturally occurring, skin-boosting ingredients like hyularonic acid (HA) into the skin. Results are instant and skin will appear brighter and plumper.
Non-surgical treatments for thirties
It’s during this decade that clients may start to notice early signs of ageing. The good news is there’s plenty that can be done to maintain skin elasticity and quality and keep lines and wrinkles at bay.
As always, we’ll start with our diet and lifestyle advice and customised skincare and peels. Products from the Obagi and Tebiskin ranges are wonderful for this age group. We can also begin with skin rejuvenating treatments such as laser resurfacing, mesotherapy, microneedling and platelet-rich plasma (PRP, also known as the Vampire Lift). As well as general complexion brightening and collagen boosting, these can be particularly effective for addressing the longer-term effects of sun damage (photoageing), acne, melasma and hyperpigmentation.
- Micro-needling is also known as collagen induction treatment (CIT). It rejuvenates skin by stimulating your skin’s own ability to produce collagen and elastin. Your consultant will use a roller or pen with very fine needles on it, all over the face, to create micro-channels in the skin while keeping the epidermis intact. Any discomfort is minimal and topical anaesthetic is applied in advance. It can improve pigmentation, stretch marks, pigmentation and scarring. By stimulating collagen and elastin skin is rejuvenated, pores minimized and lines and wrinkles diminished.
- PRP therapy involves drawing a sample of your own blood and spinning (centrifuging) it to separate the plasma. This contains platelets rich in growth factor which, when injected into your skin, stimulate cell regeneration and collagen production. Treatments are often combined for enhanced effects, for example PRP works well with micro-needling. PRP can also be used on the scalp to stimulate regrowth if clients have experienced hair loss or thinning – common in this decade due to hormonal fluctuations caused by pregnancy or polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).
- Botulinum toxin injections often known by the trademark, Botox, it involves injecting a solution of toxin into the facial muscles, to weaken them. Your 30s are a key decade for muscle-relaxing treatments – a little help now goes a long way to preventing the formation of deep lines and wrinkles caused by expression. It is very effective for smoothing out crow’s feet around the eyes, frown lines (glabella) and forehead wrinkles. It can also be useful for dimpling of the chin. A lesser-known use is for migraines and teeth-grinding (bruxism) – Botox can relax an overactive Masseter (jaw) muscle, relieving these conditions. Some clients also favour it to soften a square, masculine jawline.
Non-surgical treatments for forties
Treatments in this decade build on those useful in the 30s, with perhaps an increased use of muscle-relaxing injections. Clients may also focus more on peels, lasers and skincare to address photoageing, hyperpigmentation and dyschromias (skin discoloration).
- Collagen-boosting treatments such as PRP and micro-needling continue to be popular. And where there is loss of volume/fat, a more youthful appearance can be achieved with dermal fillers.
- Dermal fillers are injections used to fill out lines and wrinkles in the skin, as well as create volume and definition in areas like the lips and cheeks. They can be made from a variety of ingredients but the most common are collagen and HA. Injections may be slightly uncomfortable but a numbing gel can be used to minimise this. Effects are instant although you may have a little swelling and redness for 24 hours.
Non-surgical treatments for fifties and beyond
All the treatments mentioned so far can be of benefit at any age and our tailor-made product advice will evolve as your skin does. Lack of oestrogen around the menopause can accelerate skin thinning and collagen loss, so particularly effective for those who prefer not to have invasive surgery is the revolutionary Thread Lift.
- A Thread Lift is a minimally invasive form of face lift, in which surgical-grade, non-dissolving threads are inserted into the face, beneath the subcutaneous fat, and used to gently lift areas that are sagging. Tiny cones along the length of the threads keep them in place and encourage collagen production. The effects last around 18 months, after which the threads and cones naturally dissolve and are safely absorbed by the body. The procedure is performed under local anaesthetic and takes just half an hour, and results can be seen straight away.
- Laser treatment can also provide a neck and jaw lift and all these procedures can be complemented with subtle use of fillers to restore volume and shape to the face.
- Photo rejuvenation and laser skin resurfacing can be used to rejuvenate the complexion and, if hair loss and thinning is an issue around the menopause, PRP scalp injections can help to boost growth.