Regenerative Aesthetic Dermatology
Regenerative Aesthetic Dermatology refers to a new and exciting field within Aesthetic Dermatology, which focuses on innovative treatments to support the skin in restoring and regenerating old and/or damaged tissue. The aim of the treatments is to not only make the skin look younger and more beautiful, but also slow down ageing processes on a cellular level and try to tackle the causes of skin ageing.
Regenerative Aesthetic Dermatology is all about tissue regeneration and thus improving overall skin quality. The skin will develop a more refined skin surface with improved skin elasticity. Fine lines will soften and the skin will gain back its glow and lustre. The onset of effects is gradual over months, as we are ‘helping the skin to help itself’. With regenerative treatments we are encouraging the skin to build more collagen and elastin itself, rather than just ‘painting over the cracks’ – true bio-stimulation. One of the main reasons for the immense popularity of regenerative procedures with our patients is that the treatments are very natural and subtle.
Regenerative Dermatology in our clinic is a bespoke approach designed to meet individual needs, which are assessed by taking a thorough medical and aesthetic history, clinical examination and digital skin analysis.
Our holistic Regenerative Aesthetic Dermatology approach combines different treatment modalities including a variety of non-surgical regenerative procedures, skincare and lifestyle changes. The following list is a selection of some of our key regenerative procedures.
‘Vampire’ / ‘Dracula’ Lift (PRP – platelet rich plasma)
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy of the skin, also known as the ‘Vampire facelift’ or ‘Dracula facelift’ is a revolutionary regenerative aesthetic treatment that encourages the skin to build more collagen and elastin and thus renew and rejuvenate itself – true bio-stimulation!
The treatment involves taking a blood sample from the patient, from which we then isolate a certain fraction of the blood, which is particularly rich in platelets. After application of a numbing cream for pain relief, this fraction of the patient’s own blood is injected back into the skin using a special technique.
Our Doctors use a special layered injection method, which places the PRP not only into the superficial skin itself to encourage collagen and elastin production, but also, if appropriate, into deeper tissue layers, with the aim of slowing down age-related tissue loss here also.
Platelets contain many beneficial growth factors. Upon re-injection the platelets release these growth factors, which trigger surrounding skin cells to proliferate and stimulate collagen production, thus helping to repair and regenerate damaged tissue. Following a course of PRP treatment, your skin will gradually start to look more radiant and youthful.
PRP therapy is a great addition (or in some cases even alternative) to other non-surgical cosmetic treatments such as ‘botox’ and fillers. It’s considered a very natural treatment, as it uses the patient’s own cells and growth factors to stimulate tissue repair, rather than injecting synthetic substances. The initial course consists of three treatment sessions in monthly intervals.
‘Vampire’ / ‘Dracula’ PLUS (Advanced PRP)
In our clinic, we have pioneered the ‘Vampire’/’Dracula’ PLUS lift, a combination of platelet rich plasma (PRP) with infusion of a high-grade cell nourishing cocktail.
In this advanced PRP treatment, we mix the patient’s own platelet rich plasma with a sterile solution containing more than 50 key skin optimization ingredients, before re-injecting it back into the skin. Apart from hyaluronic acid, the revitalizing solution used contains 12 vitamins, 23 amino acids, 6 coenzymes, 5 nucleic acid bases, 6 minerals and 1 special antioxidant, proven to protect and stimulate skin cells.
Mesotherapy is a classic bio-stimulatory treatment. It is a wonderful treatment to ‘feed’ your skin and help improve overall skin quality. After application of an effective numbing cream, a sterile cell-boosting cocktail is ‘infused’ into the skin with a series of painless tiny, superficial injections.
The high-grade skin-nourishing blend contains more than 50 key skin optimization ingredients, ranging from vitamins and minerals to amino acids, hyaluronic acid, coenzymes, nucleic acid bases and antioxidants, proven to protect and stimulate skin cells.
Mesotherapy is very popular in Continental Europe such as in France, Italy and Germany, but hasn’t yet caught up in the UK. The treatment is suitable for the face, neck, chest and hands (men AND women). Depending on the individual case and treatment area our Doctor will carry out the treatments either manually or with a special ‘mesotherapy gun’ we brought in specially from Germany (only the best for our patients!).
The great thing about Mesotherapy is that it can be used not only to nourish and correct mature skin, but also as a preventative measure in younger patients. The ultimate skin ‘refresh’ and one of Dr Valeria’s favorite anti-ageing ‘weapons’!
Mesotherapy is done as a course of four to six sessions (2-4 week intervals), before going on to a less intense maintenance treatment.
Medical Needling (‘Collagen Induction Therapy’)
Medical needling is a wonderful, completely natural anti-ageing treatment that ‘helps the skin to help itself’. Instead of injecting substances into the skin, this treatment only involves an advanced automatic needle pen (‘DermaPen’) or a needle roller (‘DermalRoller’), which is equipped with sterile, ultra-fine needles.
Medical needling mechanically mimics the effects of fractionated laser technologies by creating microscopically small punctures in the dermis, where our collagen lives. This intentional injury induces thousands of tiny, controlled wound-healing responses in this deep layer of the skin. Consequently, growth factors are released and fibroblasts are stimulated into synthesizing new skin matrix, including collagen. In time, this will lead to a firmer, more elastic skin with more refined skin surface. As we get older, our skin gets ‘lazy’ and collagen production slows down. With medical needling, we give the skin a gentle nudge to remind it to keep making fresh collagen – bio-stimulation in its true sense.
The great thing about medical needling is that we can induce effects in the deeper layer of the skin (the dermis) without having to fully strip the protective outer layer (the epidermis). Why is it so important to stimulate the dermis? Dr Stefanie calls the dermis the ‘backbone’ of the skin – the layer of collagen-containing connective tissue where the most prominent skin ageing processes take place. With needling we can reach the dermis without significantly damaging the epidermis. The superficial punctures introduced close again quickly, which is important since the epidermis protects our body from water loss and environmental damage.
Medical needling also helps with enlarged pores and acne scaring (or chicken pox scaring). However, any active acne has to be successfully treated before this can be started! And if a patient has been taking Isotretinoin tablets (e.g. Roaccutane®), we usually need to wait for six months before starting a procedure like this.
Medical needling is not a single treatment, but has to be done in a course of three to six sessions at six to eight week intervals. The procedure is performed after application of an effective numbing cream as pain relief.
For even better results, medical needling can be combined with an infusion of growth factors (‘GF needling’) or for anti-ageing purposes growth factors & HA Skin Boosters (‘GF Gel Needling’), see below.
You may have heard of needle-rollers for use at home. The highest quality, titanium, sterile micro-needles that we use in clinic are more than five times as long (1.5 to 3mm versus 0.2 to 0.3mm). Not surprisingly, they are much more effective than home rollers in all respects. However, home rollers greatly enhance penetration of topically applied cosmetics and are thus a useful adjunct.
GF, PRP and Meso Needling
In order to further enhance the benefits of medical needling, we recommend combining the procedure with infusion of an advanced Growth Factor solution (´GF or PRP Needling´) or Mesotherapy solution (´Meso Needling´).
For our Meso Needling treatment, we use a high-grade skin-nourishing blend contains more than 50 key skin optimization ingredients, ranging from vitamins and minerals to amino acids, hyaluronic acid, coenzymes, nucleic acid bases and antioxidants, proven to protect and stimulate skin cells.
For the even more advanced GF / PRP Needling we use a highly effective, sterile solution containing a potent mix of various growth factors, to further encourage collagen and elastin production. The growth factors can be derived from your own blood (PRP, platelet rich plasma) or we use a commercially available growth factor solution, should you prefer this. In any case, the addition will super-boost your needling effects with even better results.
GF / PRP Needling is one of Dr Stefanie’s favorite bio-stimulatory procedures – she swears by it for her own skin also!
GF / PRP Gel Needling
Here in our clinic, we pioneered the technique of combining bio-revitalisation using stabilised hyaluronic acid skin boosters with medical needling and infusion of growth factors (‘GF/PRP Gel needling’). What we have found is that due to their synergistic effects, these treatments work more powerfully in combination than when performed alone.
Our ‘GF / PRP Gel Needling Lift’ combines injections of HA Skin Boosters (see above) with GF / PRP needling performed immediately afterwards, where we infuse the skin with an advanced growth factor solution. The growth factors can be derived from your own blood (PRP, platelet rich plasma, see below for more information) or we use a commercially available growth factor solution, should you prefer this. In any case, the addition will super-boost your needling effects with even better results.
A ‘GF / PRP Gel Needling Lift’ works wonders to improve overall skin quality and help combat loss of facial skin elasticity. It puts some lovely plumpness back into your skin and also helps to refine the skin surface, gently add definition to the jaw line, shrink enlarged pores and improve depressed acne scaring.
If performed regularly it will help to slow down the skin’s ageing process over time. It’s the ‘Mercedes’ of our regenerative aesthetic procedures!
The Fit Skin Forever Facilitator
A skin maintenance plan every man and woman should join. This supports long-term skin health and helps to keep your skin looking beautiful whatever your age.
To keep your body fit and healthy, join the gym – to maintain your skin’s health and vitality, join our ‘Fit Skin Forever’ program. This treatment program is designed to maintain your skin in optimal condition long-term, keep ageing at bay and allow you to look beautiful and radiant at any age. Healthy skin is happy skin! This is a completely non-invasive maintenance plan everybody should join to keep up their skin’s regeneration efforts.
The treatment combines a special deep cleansing, exfoliation, advanced microdermabrasion, painless extraction of impurities, gentle peel, hydration and intense antioxidant protection using the ‘HydraFacial’ machine. Amongst other things, the ‘Fit Skin Forever’ Facial also includes a special lymphatic drainage massage to help drain away toxins and ‘de-puff’ your skin. The regenerative treatment will leave your skin looking radiant and visibly firmer for a beautifully healthy and fresh appearance. For best effects, this treatment should be done every 4-6 weeks.
The Ultimate Skinsurance Treatment
Access to this advanced non-invasive regeneration treatment is limited to club members only. If you are truly committed to keeping your skin in supreme condition long-term, please contact us to apply for membership in Dr Stefanie’s exclusive ´Skin Care Elite´. Numbers are strictly limited.
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