Blame it on Barbie! The global hit that is the Barbie film is already influencing fashion and beauty trends with increased demand for clothes in Barbiecore pink and hairdressers reporting that requests for Barbie blonde hair are up 83%. It’s also been claimed that men are turning to ‘brotox’ as they aren’t feeling ‘Kenenough’.

This is not necessarily a new phenomenon as last year it was reported by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons that anti-wrinkle injections had risen by 400% since pre-pandemic levels.

More and more men are focusing on rejuvenation treatments as they feel that ageing changes to the face leaves them looking unnecessarily tired or cross. Reducing prominent facial wrinkles can enhance confidence in social or professional settings. The increasingly competitive job market is often cited as older men feel they must look dynamic and refreshed to retain or advance their position.

Top 5 aesthetic treatments for men

Wrinkle smoothing for men

Although male skin is estimated to be 20 to 30% thicker than female skin, men have stronger muscles so are more likely to develop dynamic wrinkles. These are the facial lines that develop due to the constant contraction and relaxation of the facial muscles; they typically appear in the upper third of the face as crow’s feet and frown lines.

Anti-wrinkle injections work by temporarily interrupting the signal from the nerves to the facial muscles, smoothing the overlying skin.

Sculpting of the male jaw

One of the most popular aesthetic treatments for men is sculpting of the jawline using dermal fillers. Dermal fillers can enhance the jaw to produce a stronger, more defined and masculine appearance.

Improvement of acne and acne scarring
Although both men and women develop acne scarring, it can seem more pronounced in men. This is because men have larger and more active sebaceous glands and typically experience more severe and persistent acne due to production of androgen, the male hormone.

The Perfect Peel was designed to treat several skin concerns, including acne. A series of skin peels can also minimise the scarring left by acne; glutathione increases cellular turnover which can improve stubborn acne scars.

Eradication of a double chin

Even fit men can have the appearance of a double chin. Genetics determine how we carry weight and ageing, which means the loss of skin elasticity coupled with the descent of the facial tissues, can lead to a double chin.

Fat dissolving injections are effective at treating stubborn and localised fat deposits, such as a double chin, which will not shift through diet and exercise alone. They contain deoxycholic acid which breaks down fat cells and accelerates the body’s own natural fat removal process.

Skin rejuvenation for men

Men’s skin is typically thicker, more elastic, and more vascular than their female counterparts. Regardless of age, men are also proven to have a higher density of collagen and elastin than women. This is why women are often said to age faster than men, yet women are more in tune with maintaining collagen levels by protecting their skin from sun damage and other environmental and lifestyle factors.

There are a whole host of aesthetic treatments that rejuvenate the skin by stimulating collagen production. Profhilo is becoming increasingly popular with male patients as it doesn’t produce a drastic reshaping of the face, but instead naturally rejuvenates and remodels. It is composed of high levels of hyaluronic acid, a natural humectant, which draws and holds water in your dermis.

Tired, dull-looking skin is transformed into a youthful, glowing complexion. Profhilo also stimulates collagen and elastin production so there is a secondary skin tightening affect over the following weeks.

For more advice on the aesthetic treatments for men we offer, call 0115 772 2363 to arrange a consultation at Dr CP Aesthetics.

Looking in the mirror, you may have become fixated on your frown lines or concerned about your less than firm chin and jawline, but facial ageing is a complex, multi-dimensional process and superficial signs of ageing are often caused by deeper structural changes.

Choosing an experienced aesthetic practitioner that understands all the underlying factors that combine to cause ageing changes is a must to achieve a natural and effective rejuvenation.

The bony structure and facial ageing

Over the age of 35, the cells that regenerate the face’s bony structure decrease production and bone absorption occurs. As the bones are the supporting structure of the other facial tissues, this can therefore greatly contribute to ageing changes.

The temples begin to hollow and narrow, changing the shape of the face and shifting the balance downwards. The bone around the eyes widens, leading to hollows under the eye and flattened cheeks, nasolabial folds appearing and loss of definition along the jawline.

Treatment options: hyaluronic acid dermal fillers effectively address structural changes to the face by supplementing the scaffolding for the upper layers.

Our muscles and ageing

Although the muscles of the face become thinner as we age, they remain strong enough for us to maintain facial expression. The constant contraction and relaxation of the facial muscles produce what are often the first signs of ageing. These dynamic wrinkles become static wrinkles over time as the skin becomes less elastic and present as crow’s feet, frown lines, forehead furrows, and lipstick lines.

Treatment options: anti-wrinkle injections are a highly effective for dynamic wrinkles as they temporarily disrupt the nerve signals to the muscles, reducing muscle activity so the overlying skin becomes smoother.

Facial fat and the ageing process

The face comprises deep and superficial fat pads that add shape and plumpness to a younger face, such as high-rounded cheeks. Due to bone reabsorption and loss of skin elasticity, the size and position of the fat pads change, and the ageing face will often look bottom-heavy. This presents as flatter cheeks, deeper nasolabial folds and the appearance of jowls.

Treatment options: hyaluronic acid dermal fillers can be used in all areas of the face to restore lost facial volume and rebalance facial contours.

Skin-deep ageing changes

The skin is where we see many of the visible effects of the ageing process, and it takes place in both the epidermis or top layer and the middle layer, which is known as the dermis.

Collagen and elastin loss in the middle layer of the skin are the most significant factors in skin ageing. Collagen is responsible for strength and support, and elastin provides elasticity. Ageing combined with environmental and lifestyle factors means these components decrease significantly after the age of 25, resulting in sagging and wrinkling.

Another naturally occurring component of the skin is hyaluronic acid which works as a humectant. This means it draws moisture from the environment through the epidermis, which increases the skin’s water content. Production of HA also declines as we age, so the skin becomes thinner, less supple, and drier.

The outer layer of the skin, the epidermis, is highly susceptible to extrinsic ageing forces such as UV rays, air pollution, and smoking as cell turnover slows down as we get older and free radicals are released, which causes cellular damage. Age-related changes in these skin cells present as fine lines, uneven texture and pigmentation issues.

Treatment options: unlike dermal fillers that temporarily replace lost volume, LanLuma is an innovative collagen-stimulating injectable that naturally restores volume and lifts facial tissues. LanLuma is composed of poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), which stimulates the body’s fibroblast cells that control collagen production. Over several weeks and months, collagen levels will increase, regenerating the skin.

Medical-grade skincare comprises active ingredients that can boost cell turnover while delivering antioxidants that fight oxidative stress caused by environmental and lifestyle factors. At Dr CP Aesthetics, we have just released our Summer Alumier Facials. Get in touch for more details.

Summer Alumier Facial: Effectively refines the skin with a blend of mechanical and chemical exfoliants, revealing a smoother, softer complexion while infusing the skin with potent antioxidants and specialised peptides. Price – £70

Summer Radiant Alumier Facial: Reveal your radiance. Visibly evens skin tone, smooths and refines texture while instantly unveiling a glowing complexion. Price – £85

Summer Red Carpet Alumier Facial: Maximise your exfoliating treatment with a blend of AHAs and Fruit Enzymes for total skin renewal. Boost the skin with a deeply nourishing mask and specialised eye treatments that get you red-carpet ready this summer. Price – £100

Aesthetic procedures to enhance and volumise the derrière have become hugely popular in recent years and led to the rise of the Brazilian Butt Lift or BBL.

The BBL involves taking fat from other parts of the body, typically the abdomen, hips or thighs, using liposuction and injecting purified fat cells into the buttocks to create fuller contours. The BBL quickly became very controversial, as some doctors and surgeons injected larger and larger amounts of fat to achieve a more dramatic result.

Patient safety became compromised and, in the UK, the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons banned their members from performing BBLs in 2018 after a report found that it had the highest mortality rate of any cosmetic surgery procedure. Although the BAAPS ban was lifted in 2022 following the release of new safety guidelines for surgeons, patients started searching for a safer alternative to the BBL.

Non-surgical bum lift vs BBL vs dermal fillers

LanLuma is a unique and innovative injectable treatment. Unlike hyaluronic acid dermal fillers, which temporarily volumise the area where they are injected, LanLuma stimulates collagen production to reshape the bum, correct ‘hip dips’ and even reduce the appearance of dimpling on the buttocks. LanLuma offers more longevity than HA dermal fillers, typically lasting for two years before any maintenance treatments are required.

The main component in LanLuma is Poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) which has been used safely in medicine and aesthetics for decades. Biocompatible and biodegradable, the PLLA particles stimulate the production of new collagen, which lifts, tightens and volumises the target area.

Unlike the BBL, LanLuma injections have minimal risk and little downtime as it is performed in clinic rather than under a general anaesthetic. The results are very natural because they are created using the body’s own collagen production and appear gradually, over several weeks and months, as the new collagen is produced.

LanLuma can also target many facial ageing concerns, including volume loss and sagging skin. To find out if LanLuma is right for you, call 0115 772 2363 to arrange a consultation at Dr CP Aesthetics.

If you’ve dealt with a bout of acne or a troublesome spot, you may feel like you’ve won the battle. But often you can be left with the aftermath for months and even years.

Acne scarring or post-inflammatory pigmentation?

Acne scarring occurs when too much collagen forms when the skin is healing after a breakout. Acne scarring can present as rolling scars, which makes the skin’s surface look wavy, ice-pick scars that appear as tiny holes in the skin, and boxcar scars which are wider than ice-pick scars like a crater.

HPost-inflammatory pigmentation (PIH) is the darkening of the skin after an injury or skin disorder and acne is a common cause. It is not categorised as scarring as the skin texture is not affected.

Why does PIH occur?

The red or brown marks are due to excess melanin production, the pigmentary cells that give skin colour, as a reaction to inflammation. The excessive pigment granules darken and discolour the wounded area and remain long after the initial skin condition has resolved.

Your complexion will usually dictate what colour the marks will be; fairer-skin individuals will usually suffer from more red-toned marks, whereas darker skin types will usually be left with darker brown marks. The latter are usually more susceptible to PIH.

How do you treat post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation?

Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation should improve overtime with no intervention, yet there are some treatments that can improve and speed up recovery. Your current skincare regime will be reviewed as medical grade skincare will contain active ingredients which can produce a brighter, more even skin tone.

A recent clinical study into the effectiveness of AlumierMD’s Prep & Enhance collection of products found a 70% improvement in brown spots in just four weeks. It also found a 58% improvement in skin redness in patients over a range of ages and a broad spectrum of skin types, ranging from Fitzpatrick Types I to VI.

Chemical peels can treat hyperpigmentation, yet conversely PIH can be a common complication after a skin peel. The Perfect Peel’s blend of multiple acids combined in low percentages mean there is less risk of PIH developing compared to other chemical peels.

The sun can further aggravate post-inflammatory pigmentation, darkening the affected patches, so it is essential to always protect your skin with a broad-spectrum, high factor sun cream.

For more advice on treating all skin conditions, call 0115 772 2363 to arrange an appointment at Dr CP Aesthetics.

Beauty is subjective and varies between countries and cultures, but the importance of facial balance and symmetry is universal. This has been held to be true since Leonardo Da Vinci used the Golden Ratio equation to demonstrate that the closer a face gets to the Fibonacci number of 1.62, the more it is perceived to be beautiful.

Profile balancing, also known as facial harmonisation or a profiloplasty, is a non-surgical procedure to harmonise the facial features using dermal fillers. Rather than focusing on just one facial feature, an experienced and skilled cosmetic practitioner will consider the whole face from every angle. The proportions of the forehead, cheeks, nose, lips, chin and jawline are all taken into account.

Profile Balancing FAQs

All the information you need on profile balancing with dermal fillers:

Who is suitable for profile balancing?

Profile balancing is a bespoke procedure that is adjusted for the patient’s unique facial anatomy so anyone can benefit from the treatment.

Dermal fillers can lift and fill too flat cheeks, enhance lips that may look too thin, or add volume to a recessive chin that is out of proportion to their nose and other facial features. Men often wish to strengthen their jawline.

How long do profile balancing results last?

Dermal fillers typically last between 12 to 18 months, but this can vary depending on where it is placed. Generally, areas with more movement, such as the mouth area, tend to break down faster in comparison to less mobile areas.

How much downtime can I expect after profile balancing?

As with all dermal filler treatments, downtime is minimal. Results are immediately visible and there should be little bruising and swelling.

Are there any other treatments to combine with dermal fillers to achieve facial harmony?

Balance in the lower face can be further enhanced with fat dissolving injections to remove submental fat and the appearance of a double chin. Muscle relaxing injections aren’t just for smoothing wrinkles; they can be injected into the bulky masseter muscles on the side of your jaw. This reduces them in size, so the jawline is slimmed down and this can even make the cheekbones look more pronounced.

For more advice on profile balancing or any other aesthetic treatments we offer at Dr CP Aesthetics, call 0115 772 2363 to arrange a consultation with Claudia.

Earlier this year, the dermal filler migration and longevity question exploded into the general public’s consciousness as beauty journalist Alice Hart-Davis revealed the surprising results of an MRI to assess the outcome of 20 years of aesthetic tweakments.

Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers are considered temporary products as our skin contains a certain amount of hyaluronidase, an enzyme that breaks down hyaluronic acid over time. Depending on where they are injected and other factors such as the individual patient’s metabolism or whether they smoke, HA dermal fillers are estimated to last between six months and two years.

However, Alice’s MRI indicated there was 35ml of dermal filler product in her face – more dermal filler than had been injected and despite her not having had any dermal filler treatments in the last four years.

Dermal filler longevity

More research is taking place into filler longevity, but one suggestion is that it integrates into the facial tissues. Another thought is that developments in technique have meant it is now being injected deeper into the subdermal layer and up to the supraperiosteal region, where it degrades differently.

The good news is that HA dermal fillers have been used for over 20 years in aesthetic treatments, and there are no known adverse effects. Interestingly, Alice’s MRI also showed that the dermal filler present was still located precisely where it had been injected.

Filler migration

Filler migration is a hot topic on TikTok, with the hashtag recording over 73 million views. Yet, it is less common a complication than social media suggests. Filler migration refers to dermal filler spreading to another area of the face from where the filler was injected. The lips are the most likely to be affected with filler migrating from the vermillion border to just above, sometimes creating a moustache-like effect.

Filler migration is most likely to occur due to improper injection technique or overfilling. There is also now a proliferation of filler brands, all offering various products of different consistencies.

What happens if dermal filler migrates or needs removing?

If you feel that the filler has spread or has built up in a specific area, it is possible to dissolve hyaluronic acid dermal fillers with hyaluronidase.

As always, practitioner choice is critical to a successful aesthetic outcome. Choosing a highly experienced practitioner who can carefully plan your treatments to avoid filler build-up and migration is a must. Call 0115 772 2363 to arrange a consultation with Dr Claudia to discuss your treatment in more detail.

In May, we focus on sun awareness, and this year the British Association of Dermatologists wants to raise awareness of the importance of protecting your skin in the UK. Sunburn doesn’t just happen when we are abroad – the sun can be strong enough to cause skin damage from mid-March to mid-October in the UK, even when it’s cloudy.

Accumulative sun damage over the years increases the risk of developing skin cancer, but it also results in photoageing, which is estimated to be the cause of at least 80% of the signs of visible facial ageing.

The damage the sun does to our skin occurs when ultraviolet (UV) light penetrates unprotected skin, causing DNA changes at a cellular level.

Sunlight contains two different kinds of UV light that threaten our skin. UVA light penetrates deep into the skin from the epidermis to the dermis. Elastin and collagen fibres which give the skin its strength and elasticity, are affected, as well as the small blood vessels just below the skin’s surface. UVB light affects the outer layer of the skin and can cause photoageing and precancerous cells, known as actinic keratoses, to develop.

What are the signs of sun damage on the skin?

Chronological or intrinsic ageing affects everyone, whatever your skin type or genetics, but this process can be significantly accelerated by hormonal, environmental or lifestyle factors. These factors include the menopause, smoking, stress, poor nutrition and lack of hydration, and air pollution. However, the greatest risk factor in premature ageing is exposure to UV radiation.

Fine lines & wrinkles:

The breakdown of elastin and collagen fibres in the skin presents as fine lines and wrinkles, particularly around the eyes and across the brow. Viscoderm Hydrobooster is an injectable Hyaluronic Acid product that is particularly suited to smoothing superficial fine lines caused by dynamic facial expressions around the mouth, eyes and forehead.

Poor skin elasticity:

As well as fine lines, the loss of collagen and elastin also causes skin sagging. 3D Dermaforce delivers radiofrequency energy through insulated microneedles to safely heat the dermis and kickstart the body’s natural healing process. This stimulates new collagen and elastin production, which tightens sagging skin.

Pigmentation changes:

Melanin production speeds up when the skin is exposed to the sun to absorb its UV rays safely. Over time abnormal and permanent modifications to melanin production present as sun spots, solar lentigines, liver spots, and freckles. The Perfect Peel contains glutathione which is proven to reverse melanin’s metabolism, thereby lightening dark pigmentation.

Broken capillaries:

Known as spider veins, they typically appear around the nose and across the cheeks. Vasculase is a laser treatment that delivers laser energy into unwanted broken capillaries, causing the blood to heat up and thereby damaging the vein wall. The body absorbs the vein, causing it to disappear.

For more advice on treating sun-damaged skin, call 0115 772 2363 to arrange an appointment.

Sagging skin and wrinkles used to be wholly a female concern, but men are increasingly invested in their appearance, and the male grooming market is now in excess of £500 million annually, and it’s estimated that men account for up to 20% of aesthetic procedures performed every year in the UK.

However, there are intrinsic differences between male and female skin and how that affects the ageing process, and any practitioner you choose must be experienced in male aesthetics to achieve a natural and masculine rejuvenation.

Why male skin differs from the female dermis

The critical difference is determined by the male hormone testosterone, which is why men and women have a different skin structures:

#1 Thicker skin

Collagen is a crucial component in the body and makes up 70% of the skin’s protein, giving our faces definition and youthful bounce. Collagen production starts to deplete in both men and women from their mid- to late-20s and then decreases by about 1% annually. However, this collagen loss accelerates in women during and after menopause.

As a result, male skin is approximately 20% thicker in their 50s and beyond – the amount of tightly cross-linked collagen in the dermis gives male skin a firmer appearance. In contrast, women are more susceptible to wrinkles and sagging.

#2 Oilier skin

Men tend to have larger pores with more active sebaceous glands. Sebum production is double that of women, making men more susceptible to acne when younger, but later in life, they are less prone to dry, sensitive skin.

#3 More hydrated skin

One study focused on the gender difference regarding the extent of transepidermal water loss (TEWL). Hydration is essential for youthful, dewy-looking skin, and researchers found that men showed significantly lower water loss than women.

Men also have increased facial muscle mass, denser capillaries in the face supporting the facial hair follicles, and the facial fat layer is thinner in men, particularly in the cheek area. Choosing an aesthetic practitioner that is experienced in male aesthetics is essential to ensure the optimal outcome.

‘Tech neck’ has been proven. American scientists have researched the amount of pressure put on the neck when scrolling on your phone and found that it can be equivalent to adding 50 pounds of force, leaving some of us needing surgery to repair the damage.

There’s also an aesthetic implication as tech neck can result in prominent lines and wrinkles extending down to our decolletage. Known as necklace lines, these are the deep horizontal lines on the neck.

The price of our Smartphone addiction

Sometimes known as ‘nomophobia’ or fear of being without a mobile phone, our addiction means that we spend, on average more than five hours a day staring down at our phones. Scientists at the University of Texas Southwestern found that tipping our heads forward at a 45-degree angle increases the force by almost 50 pounds. This strains the nerves and muscles repeatedly, potentially causing muscle stiffness, nerve inflammation, arthritis, bone spurs and herniated discs. They are also responsible for the development of deep necklace lines.

How do necklace lines develop?

Necklace lines are caused by the natural ageing process combined with lifestyle factors. In our mid- to late-20s, collagen and elastin start to decline. These naturally occurring proteins give skin structure, strength and elasticity; as they deplete, lines and wrinkles appear.

Lifestyle factors such as sun damage, smoking, weight fluctuations and hormonal changes all accelerate that collagen and elastin loss. A more recent phenomenon – the hours we spend glued to our phones – is also a factor. The more time we spend engaging in activities which lead to the folding of the skin, the earlier the lines develop.

What are the treatment options for neck lines?

Temporary hyaluronic acid dermal fillers are used to fill the lines, smoothing the line of the neck. Injectable moisturisers, such as Profhilo, are also emerging as an effective treatment for tech neck lines. Unlike dermal fillers, Profhilo doesn’t add volume but tightens the skin by actively stimulating collagen and elastin production. It also improves skin hydration, tone and texture for a natural rejuvenation.

A longer-lasting alternative is the Non-Surgical Facelift with PDO Threads. Special threads are inserted into the skin via a fine needle to lift tissue and muscle and improve skin texture. PDO threads can also be used as an adjunct to Botox and fillers to enhance lift and youthfulness.

For more advice on treating tech neck lines, call 0115 772 2363 to arrange a consultation.

Winter can wreak havoc on your complexion, and as the weather gets warmer, you may notice skin looks dull due to a lack of vitamin D during the Winter months, as well as dry and dehydrated due to the combination of cold temperatures and harsh winds with months of central heating. Often, you’ll experience more congestion and breakouts as the weather changes as well as rosacea flare-ups.

Spring is a time of new beginnings and the perfect time to take a fresh look at your skin.

Resist

Our advice is to wear high factor SPF daily, but if you’ve been neglecting protection through the Winter months, now is the time to start slathering on the sunscreen. It’s estimated that photoageing – damage to the skin caused by exposure to UV light in the sun’s rays – is responsible for 90% of the visible changes to the skin, such as fine lines, sagging and pigmentation. Photoageing is the result of cumulative sun damage and it’s never too late to make a difference.

Refresh

If you’re looking for a skin pick-me-up, an advanced facial treatment such as the 3D Hydro Facial combines seven technologies in one to deliver instantly more radiant skin and tackle several skin concerns.

The Hydro Facial includes a Hydro Peel, Exfoliation, Oxygenation, Hydration, Skin Tightening with radiofrequency technology, Fire and Ice & Skin Lifting, and can target wrinkles, fine lines, hyperpigmentation, dark spots, dull complexion and dryness.

Renew

A skin peel is an excellent solution for winter skin as they are speed up cell renewal. After the dead skin cells and debris have been cleared away, you have a fresh canvas for your skincare products.

The Perfect Peel is the only chemical peel on the market that contains glutathione, a powerful peptide that is described as the ‘mother of all antioxidants’. Glutathione penetrates deep into the dermis to fight free radical damage that causes wrinkling and pigmentation.

As well as glutathione, The Perfect Peel contains powerful agents such as trichloroacetic acid (TCA), salicylic acid, retinoic acid, kojic acid, phenol and vitamin C. Some of the visible benefits are a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles, improved tone and tightness and increased brightness of the skin, as well as reduction in acne and sun damage. Skin looks smoother and more radiant.

Rejuvenate

If your skin is feeling particularly dry after the Winter months, it’s now possible to inject moisturiser back into the dermis. Injectable moisturiser Profhilo is composed of diffusible hyaluronic acid, and you can expect a significant improvement in hydration and luminosity. It also stimulates collagen and elastin production due to the slow release of hyaluronic acid and this causes remodelling from within to tighten and tone the skin.

To book your skin spring clean, call 0115 772 2363 to arrange an appointment with Dr CP.