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Over the years, the skin naturally loses collagen and begins to sag. If you want tighter looker skin, but don't want to go under the knife, you could consider ultherapy. It uses ultrasound energy to stimulate the skin's natural collagen growth – resulting in firmer and younger-looking skin - and can be used on a variety of different areas, including the face, neck and upper chest.
Ultherapy takes around an hour to perform, and many patients report more youthful looking skin in a single treatment – although you're likely to see the full results 60–90 days after your treatment.
Costs vary depending on the clinic you choose, but generally you can expect to pay around £450 for a small area, and as much as £4,000 for the full face and neck.
2. Chemical facial peels
With time, the skin can start to appear dull and lifeless. Chemical facial peels use carefully controlled amounts of acid to remove dead skin cells from the surface of the skin, allowing new healthy skin cells to grow – resulting in a smoother, fresher-looking complexion.
Chemical peels can also be used to treat blemishes and acne scars, remove hyper-pigmentation and liver spots, as well as reducing fine lines.
Facial peels are available in a variety of grades or strengths, designed to penetrate and exfoliate the skin to a particular depth. These range from mild peels such as Epionce refresh and Glycolic for acne and minor skin conditions, to deep phenol peels that can help to reduce wrinkles or treat sun-damaged skin.
Chemical peel treatments start from around £60 for a mild glycolic peel, and can go up to as much as £1,500 for deeper peels.
3. Dermal fillers
As your skin ages, it loses collagen and volume, resulting in sunken cheeks and a 'dragged down' appearance.
Dermal fillers have come a long way in recent years. Brands like Juvederm®, Restylane® and Sculptra® can plump skin, reduce deep lines and wrinkles, fill hollows and enhance sunken cheeks - without resulting in a tell-tale "pillow-face" look.
Small amounts of dermal filler are injected just under the skin's surface using an ultrafine needle, filling out sunken areas and lines to give a smoother and firmer appearance.
You may experience some swelling after the procedure, but this generally subsides within half an hour and typically doesn't last longer than 48 hours. Most people are able to go about their normal day after leaving the clinic.
Costs vary depending on the filler being used and the number of sessions required, but you can expect to pay upwards of £180 for each treatment.
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