Profhilo is a truly unique approach to skin ageing: fast acting, minimally invasive and highly effective. We look at whether this injectable moisturiser is worth the investment.

How does Profhilo work?

Very fine needles inject small amounts of hyaluronic acid at a very superficial level into five specific injection points on each side of the face. These are known as Bio Aesthetic Points. The hyaluronic acid then flows evenly in the top layer of the dermis, integrating smoothly into your tissues.

Before this hyaluronic acid naturally disperses, it stimulates collagen and elastin production. Collagen is a protein that makes up the largest percentage of your skin – about 75 to 80%. Collagen has a crucial role in the strengthening of your skin and gives it elasticity. Elastin is another essential and naturally occurring protein that is very elastic and found in the connective tissues. Both collagen and elastin deplete as you age which is the main cause of skin sagging and wrinkling. So, as well as a skin moisturiser, Profhilo remodels the skin from the inside out, tightening and lifting the skin.

Is Profhilo clinically proven?

Profhilo is backed up by several clinical and in vitro studies. In one study, 70% of patients showed an improvement of at least one grade in facial volume and another showed significant improvement in skin hydration after only one treatment and in skin elasticity after two treatments. Profhilo is also proven to deliver high patient satisfaction.

When will you see the results?

This varies from patient to patient, with some reporting an improvement after the first treatment. However, we recommend two sessions spaced a month apart and you should see a visible improvement in the weeks after that second session.

How long does Profhilo last?

Again, this varies from patient to patient, but you can expect brighter, tighter, younger-looking skin for 6 to 9 months.

Will Profhilo make you look younger?

Patient satisfaction after Profhilo is typically very high as it can deliver an all-over skin rejuvenation and targets many of the signs of facial ageing.

Is Profhilo better than other injectables?

Anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers work in different ways and deliver different results. The former target dynamic wrinkles such as crow’s feet and frown lines. Temporary dermal fillers are also composed of hyaluronic acid but rather than just filling a specific area, Profhilo stimulates collagen and elastin production across the face, so remodels the skin on a deeper level.

However, the results can be more subtle than other injectables so Profhilo might not deliver the results you desire as a standalone procedure. During your consultation, Dr Claudia will assess your skin and listen to your ageing concerns and then advise you on a treatment protocol that will deliver the results you’re hoping for. Call 0115 772 2363 to arrange an appointment with Dr Claudia.

As the temperature finally drops, it’s time to count the sins of summer on our skin. Prolonged exposure to sunlight can cause some serious skin damage – it’s estimated that 80% of visible skin ageing is due to UV exposure. This presents as wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, poor skin tone and texture and sagging skin. There is also the very real risk of developing skin cancer.

How does the sun damage your skin?

When the skin is exposed to sunlight, it manufactures vitamin D which is essential for many important body functions. The downside is that ultraviolet light in the sun rays can also cause lasting damage.

In the outer layer of the dermis, cells contain the pigment melanin which give skin its colour and which can change colour as a result of UVA and UVB exposure. UVB rays have a shorter wavelength and give you that golden glow in the summer months but are also the cause of sunburn. Cellular turnover means that many of these pigmented cells will naturally disperse over time, but permanent changes can present as patches and spots of hyperpigmentation.

UVB rays have a longer wavelength and penetrate to a deeper level, permanently damaging the DNA of your skin cells and accelerating the breakdown of collagen and elastin which provide the supporting structure of your skin, resulting in fine lines and sagging skin. Hyaluronic acid, another natural component in the skin which traps moisture and gives the skin its plumpness, also depletes at a quicker rate due to sun damage.

Is sun damage reversible?

While a full reversal of sun damage isn’t possible, there are treatments and products that can partially reset the clock as well as prevent future damage.

Photodamage is occurring at the deepest layers of the skin so it can often be many years before the damage becomes visible but, the earlier you can address it, the better. The first step is always prevention of further damage, which is why we advise a broad-spectrum sunscreen such as the AlumierMD Sheer Hydration Broad Spectrum SPF 40. It is a sheer physical sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays.

Skincare as the first line of defence

Medical-grade skincare is essential for reversing sun damage. Retinoids encourage cellular turnover and stimulate collagen and elastin production. UV radiation also causes an explosion of free radicals that damage skin cells through oxidative stress so look for products that are rich in antioxidants.

Boost cell turnover with a chemical peel

A facial peel can address many of the visible signs of photodamage, by removing the top layer of the skin and boosting cellular turnover. Dark spots and fine lines are greatly improved as a new, healthy, younger-looking complexion emerges.

Laser away the damage

A CO2 laser is the gold standard laser for treating superficial sun damage. It works by creating tiny injuries to the skin, stimulating the body’s natural healing process. Alexandrite and Nd:YAG lasers can target and destroy areas of excess pigment in the skin as the light energy is attracted to the colour in melanin.

For more advice on reversing sun damage in the skin, call 0115 772 2363 or email to arrange a consultation with a skin expert.

Social media selfies may make you think that an oversized pout is now the aesthetic ideal, but recent research reveals that a natural and harmonious lip is perceived as the most attractive.

In a study published this month in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the results of eye-tracking technology revealed that natural equals beautiful. This is the ethos that we strive for at Dr CP Aesthetics, whether in lip augmentation or any treatment we offer.

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic in the US took a stock photo of a young woman and digitally altered it to create a series of images showing different lip proportions and volumes. Neutral observers then rated the images for attractiveness and eye-tracking technology was used to see what caught their eye and how much time they spent looking at individual features.

A lip proportion of 1 to 1.6 (upper lip to lower lip) was rated as most attractive. This 1:1.6 proportion is widely accepted as the golden ratio. Images showing a fuller lower lip or a hugely exaggerated pout were perceived as less attractive.

Full and well-defined lips are considered a sign of youth, beauty and sensuality because our lips start to lose volume and definition and look less plump over time. As we age, levels of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid in our skin naturally start to deplete and our pouts are often the first feature to be affected as the mouth is such a mobile area.

How can you ensure a natural lip enhancement

Lip augmentation has become one of the most popular procedures in the UK, but like any aesthetic treatment, its success is practitioner dependent. So, first and foremost, always choose a properly medically trained and experienced aesthetic practitioner. Here’s how Dr Claudia delivers naturally beautiful results.

The right filler: temporary hyaluronic acid dermal fillers are the preferred choice, but there are different filler brands and consistencies, and Dr Claudia will assess your existing lip tissue to ensure the filler integrates beautifully and retains elasticity to move with your facial expressions.

The right ratio: as the study revealed, there is a perfect proportion to achieve the most natural-looking lips. Dr Claudia considers the ratio between the upper and lower lip and between the outer corners of the mouth to the middle.

The right amount: overfilling is the most common cause of an unnatural result. Dr Claudia carefully places filler into the lips, continually evaluating the results before placing any additional filler. It’s also important to avoid multiple injections over time. Although your filler will start to deplete naturally, there will likely be some filler remaining. Over repeat treatments with Dr Claudia, she will be able to take this into account.

For more advice on lip augmentation, call 0115 772 2363 to arrange a consultation.

Last month was both the hottest and driest on record in the UK so, even if you have not able to jet off for a summer holiday yet, the intense sun and extreme temperatures will have presented a challenge for those that suffer from a sensitive skin condition such as rosacea.

In fact, in a survey carried by the National Rosacea Society (NRS), sun exposure was listed as the top trigger for rosacea flare-ups at 81%. Also listed in the top ten were hot weather, humidity and indoor heat.

How does the sun aggravate rosacea?

The severity of your flare-up will depend on your type of rosacea – sun exposure is thought to particularly aggravate the visible blood vessels (telangiectasia) and severe redness often associated with the disorder. It also depends on how long you are exposed to the sun.

One line of thought is that rosacea sufferers have higher levels of the antimicrobial peptide cathelicidin in the skin. UVB exposure triggers a complex biological cascade, resulting in excessive production of this peptide which is linked to all expressions of rosacea. UVB rays are also thought to cause increased redness and flushing as the skin is heated up. Repeated flare-ups cause the tips of the capillaries to remain permanently expanded, resulting in the visible telangiectasia.

The good news is that the message about sun protection has sunk in for most rosacea sufferers. In another recent NRS survey, rosacea patients said they were vigilant about protecting their skin. Ninety-eight per cent took measures against sun exposure, with almost 85% of those using sunscreens – whether chemical-based or a physical sun block composed of zinc or titanium dioxide. Most used an SPF of 30 to 50 or more.

Dr Claudia’s advice to rosacea sufferers during the summer:

“Daily use of a non-chemical sunscreen that contains zinc or titanium dioxide and deliver UVA/UVB protection with a high SPF is a must. The general advice for rosacea sufferers is to wear at least SPF 15 but I would recommend a much higher SPF. A mineral formula which is designed for sensitive skin can help to reduce irritation.”

“Seek medical help as there are topical solutions and oral antibiotics that can help. Prescription creams and gels can alleviate mild to moderate rosacea symptoms, but for more severe cases, you may be prescribed oral antibiotics. However, there are contraindications for these medications and patience is often required to see any results.”

“Unfortunately, there is no cure for rosacea, but clients have seen great results with Dermalux LED phototherapy. This therapy is non-invasive, pain-free with no downtime and uses pure light to stimulate the skin’s repair processes. It reduces the symptoms of rosacea by combining all three light wavelengths. LED Red soothes redness and irritation; LED Blue is a powerful antibacterial light; and Near Infra-Red relieves pain and inflammation to produce a more even skin tone.”

For more advice on managing rosacea all year round, call 0115 772 2363 to arrange a consultation.

For many years, women suffered in silence when it came to the menopause, but the endeavours of Davina McCall, Mariella Frostrup, and other campaigners has helped to destigmatise the time of transition.

Along with the many unwelcome side effects, such as hot flashes, mood swings, insomnia and weight gain, the drop in female hormones can also have an undesirable impact on the skin.

Menopause and skin thinning

Oestrogen is the hormone most associated with youthfulness and when it comes to the skin, studies have shown that it supports collagen levels by binding to fibroblasts which are responsible for producing collagen. As your oestrogen levels drop during the menopause, there is a marked impact on collagen production.

In the first five years following menopause, it’s estimated that women lose a staggering 30% of their skin’s collagen. Thereafter, post-menopausal women will continue to lose about 2% per year.

Collagen plays a major role in strengthening the skin, as well as in elasticity and hydration. As it drops, you’ll notice your skin becomes drier and thinner, with wrinkles, crepiness and skin sagging.

Profhilo is an innovative skin ageing treatment. Like dermal fillers, Profhilo is composed of hyaluronic acid, but rather than filling or plumping, it first hydrates the skin and then stimulates the production of collagen and elastin.

Dark spots and hyperpigmentation

Oestrogen is also thought to play a role in regulating the production of melanin which is why many women notice the appearance of melasma, a form of hyperpigmentation commonly triggered by hormonal changes. It typically presents as dark blotches across the forehead, cheeks, chin, or upper lip.

Sun exposure can worsen melasma so protecting your skin is essential. AlumierMD Broad Spectrum Sunscreens protect from both UVA and UVB rays with physical and mineral sunscreen filters.

Acne breakouts during the menopause

Hormonal fluctuations are one of the main causes of acne, which is why, after your teenage years, the menopause is often characterised by continual breakouts. During the menopause, oestrogen plummets and the relative increase in testosterone levels results in clogged pores and oily skin. Unlike blackheads or whiteheads, hormonal acne presents as deep, tender bumps around the mouth, chin, and along the jawline.

Dr Claudia stocks AlumierMD as her primary range of skincare and they offer a range of products specially formulated to target adult acne. Powerful anti-acne and anti-ageing ingredients are combined to reveal both clearer and younger-looking skin.

For more advice on caring for your skin through the menopause, call 0115 772 2363 to arrange a consultation with Dr Claudia.

The side profile check is the latest TikTok trend and jaw sculpting has now become one of the most requested aesthetic treatments.

The lower face is also one of the first areas that we notice the signs of facial ageing. As we get older, we start to lose structure and support in the mid-face, resulting in sagging skin, a softened angle to the jaw and the appearance of jowls.

A strong, defined jawline suggests youth and vitality and there are several aesthetic treatments that can restore a more youthful balance to the face, either as standalone procedures or in combination.

Jawline slimming with muscle relaxing injections

This isn’t necessarily an anti-ageing procedure, as many younger patients can feel their jaw looks too square due to over-developed jaw muscles, either because of genetics or habits such as teeth grinding or jaw clenching.

Muscle relaxing injections are renowned for their ability to relax and smooth dynamic wrinkles in the upper face, but they can also be used to slim a too-wide jawline. The product is administered via small injections into the masseter muscle, which then gradually relaxes and reduces in size.

A slimmer jawline also means the cheekbones and chin become more prominent, creating the heart-shape facial appearance that many women desire. Results last between four and six months.

Jaw sculpting with dermal fillers

Dermal fillers can be used to create an ‘edge’ to frame the face, with small amounts placed at the angle of the jaw, along the jowls and in the chin to create a more aesthetic appearance or restore a more youthful structure.

Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers are one of the most versatile aesthetic treatments available as they can be used to hydrate, plump, or fill the skin. Depending on your age, degree of skin laxity, and what you’re hoping to achieve, Dr Claudia can produce a more defined angle to the jawline or smooth and tighten the jowl pockets with results lasting up to two years.

Eliminating a double chin with fat dissolving injections

A double chin, known as submental fat, can be caused by weight gain, genetics or as a result of the ageing process. Fat dissolving injections are composed of sodium deoxycholate, a naturally occurring molecule that causes the body to break down fat cells.

The destroyed fat cells are then safely and naturally eliminated by the body over the following weeks and a slimmer, firmer chin and jawline is revealed. The fat cells are permanently eradicated but it’s important to adopt a healthy lifestyle to maintain your results.

Lifting the lower face with PDO Threads

As we age, the ‘triangle of youth’ inverts and the face often becomes squarer and more bottom heavy. The thread lift is particularly effective for an overall rejuvenation of the lower face.

Dr Claudia offers a PDO Thread Lift which rejuvenates, regenerates and improves the structure of the face, in a similar way to a surgical facelift, but without the need for surgery. 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.

The first step is always a consultation; Dr Claudia can then advise you on which procedure or combination of procedures will deliver the jaw sculpting results you’re hoping for. Call 0115 772 2363 to arrange an appointment.

The thread lift is not new but recent technological advances means it has become safer, more predictable, and effective, delivering both an instant lift as well as stimulating collagen production for a further, natural rejuvenation. So, could the thread lift replace the surgical facelift or the ever-popular dermal filler treatment?

Thread lift vs facelift

The thread lift uses sutures composed of products such as polydioxanone (PDO), poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) and polycaprolactone (PCA). These are highly biocompatible, are reabsorbed into the body over time and have been used safely in medicine for many years.

Threads are inserted into the dermis, which are then pulled to lift sagging skin and other facial tissues. The body’s natural reaction to the sutures is to simulate collagen production so there is further tissue regeneration over the following months.

For patients in their 30s to 50s who have started to see the visible signs of skin ageing but aren’t ready for surgery, thread lifts are an exciting option. It’s also a relatively painless and quick procedure with minimal downtime. The results last up to two years, so for patients that want longer-lasting results or have marked skin laxity, a surgical facelift might be the preferred option.

Thread lifts vs dermal fillers

Dermal fillers are typically composed of hyaluronic acid and are injected into the dermis to revolumise the face and provide a mild lifting effect. They can also be more effective at contouring the face than a thread lift, as well as softening and smoothing areas such as the lips. Downtime is even quicker than after a thread lift and results are immediate whereas you’ll have to wait a few months to see the final outcome of your thread lift.

A thread lift produces a more dramatic facial rejuvenation, however, and results are longer-lasting than dermal fillers.

Your thread lift options

Dr Claudia has long been a fan of the results that thread lifts can deliver for the right patient. She has recently started using MINT™ threads after undergoing training at their Harley Street academy.

MINT™ stands for Minimally Invasive Non-Surgical Thread and is a Korean PDO thread lift treatment offering superior and long-lasting skin lifting results. It is backed by more than six years of published studies into its safety and efficacy and is the only PDO suture that has received dual FDA clearances, including being the only thread that has been approved for nasolabial fold depth reduction.

Whether you’re contemplating surgical intervention or considering a non-surgical treatment, all procedures offer different results and come with varying levels of downtime or risk. The key is always a consultation; Dr Claudia can advise you on which approach you are best suited, and which procedure will deliver the results you’re hoping for.

Email to arrange an appointment.

Facial ageing presents in many unwelcome ways, from lines around the eyes, enlarged pores, deep folds around the nose and mouth to loss of definition on the jawline, so it’s no surprise that combination treatments, designed to fight the many signs of ageing, have become increasingly popular in recent years.

The beauty standard

Anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers are the ultimate aesthetic combination because they work in completely different ways. The former targets dynamic wrinkles that are caused by the constant movement of our facial muscles and typically present in the upper third of the face in the form of crow’s feet and frown lines. The nerves that instruct those muscles to move are temporarily relaxed and the skin becomes smoother without total loss of expression.

Dermal fillers, on the other hand, are highly effective at treating static wrinkles. These are the deep lines that are present even when the face is not in movement, such as the nasolabial folds between nose and mouth, and are treated by filling and lifting the skin.

As anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers treat very different ageing concerns, they can be used to target multiple areas simultaneously to produce an all-over facial rejuvenation.

Think in 3D

In a study published earlier this year, researchers identified age-related changes to the face happen at both a micro- and macro-scale. To produce a truly natural facial rejuvenation, the study argued, it’s important to target all the layers of the face with different aesthetic procedures.

A non-surgical facelift uses threads made of soluble PDO (polydioxanone) to provide an instant lift to the tissues of the face as well as stimulating the neocollagenesis process in the deeper layer of the dermis for further lifting. Dermal fillers can then be used to replace lost volume as levels of hyaluronic acid, which give skin its plumpness, deplete as we age. As a finishing touch, a chemical peel can improve skin quality. Acids are applied to the skin to slough off dead skin cells and stimulate new cell growth, so a more radiant complexion is revealed.

For ultimate hydration

We all want glowing skin and sometimes it’s necessary to combine aesthetic treatments to reverse the effects of the ageing process on skin tone and texture. The HydroFacial remains one of our most popular aesthetic treatments as it removes skin impurities while drenching your skin with hydration to reveal a brighter complexion. When you combine HydroFacials with injectable moisturiser Profhilo, you also get hydration at a deeper layer of the skin for lasting radiance.

Bespoke treatment plans are the future of aesthetics and to learn which aesthetic procedures can deliver the optimal result for you, call 0115 772 2363 or email to arrange a skincare consultation with Dr Claudia.

With a heatwave on the horizon, it’s time to up your SPF game to prevent sun damage. This May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and although the message is getting through to us that we need to protect our skin from excessive sun exposure, many of us are confused about which product to choose.

There is now a bewildering range of formulas to choose from, but here’s why you should consider looking beyond Boots for your sun protection.

Best for protection

The first step is to understand the difference between chemical and physical sunscreen. Physical sunscreen products provide a barrier to deflect UV rays from penetrating the skin, and contain ingredients like titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. These products are safe for use on babies and young children, so we typically recommended them for those with sensitive skin conditions such as acne or rosacea.

A chemical sunscreen absorbs UV radiation and converts it into heat which is released from the skin. They typically contain a high number of ingredients which can irritate sensitive skin. Also, a physical sunscreen will block both UVB and UVA rays, whereas a chemical product may only provide protection against one type.

As well as protecting you against UVA and UVB rays, Obagi’s Sun Shield Warm Broad Spectrum SPF 50 provides additional defence against infrared (IR) solar radiation. Infrared radiation has become a hot topic in recent years as it’s been discovered to penetrate the deeper layers of the skin, with approximately 50% reaching the dermis where sun damage from infrared causes excessive collagen breakdown, resulting in fine lines and wrinkles.

Best for sensitive skin

Patients suffering from rosacea often have a challenging relationship with the sun. It commonly affects those with fairer complexions and sun exposure is a key trigger as it breaks down skin barrier function, combined with increased blood flow due to the heat. At the same time, many chemical sunscreens can irritate rosacea-prone skin further.

AlumierMD’s Clear Shield Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 42 is a physical sunscreen that’s specially formulated for those with sensitive skin. It’s non- comedogenic so designed not to block the pores and is very light in texture while providing broad-spectrum protection. It also contains niacinamide that soothes the skin.

Best for ageing skin

Prevention is always better than cure, so a broad-spectrum sunscreen, which protects against the different wavelengths in sunlight, is a must when it comes to preventing sun damage.

However, medical-grade sunscreen products could actually reverse the sun damage you’ve accumulated over many years of excessive exposure.

A year-long study, the results of which were published in the Journal of Dermatologic Surgery, found that daily use of a broad-spectrum sunscreen not only resulted in no new sun damage, but also an improvement in skin texture and pigmentation and a significant reduction in fine lines.

The study’s authors speculated that the body’s innate ability to heal itself meant that the skin repaired previous damage because it was being protected from present sun exposure. A product such as AlumierMD’s Sheer Hydration Broad Spectrum SPF 40 also contains powerful antioxidant vitamin C that brightens the skin and evens out skin tone.

For more advice on what medical grade sun protection can do for you, call 0115 772 2363 or email to arrange a skincare consultation with Dr Claudia.