In summer it is impossible not to imagine ourselves wearing sunblock lotion all the time. Awareness of the harmful UV rays transforms us into fierce protectors of our skin. However, on that first day the sun hides, all the conscientiousness disappears with it. Sun, cold, wind, make-up and pollution, among many others, are some of the agents that damage the skin and contribute to the degenerative process known as ageing. Although this process is not 100% avoidable, there are many ways to take care of our skin and to keep it healthy.
Cosmetic treatments – in Dr Alberto Morano’s words (Clínica Doctor Morano) –should pursue the prevention of ageing and deterioration of the face and body skin. That is why starting to take care of your skin as soon as possible is the ideal scenario.
Dr Rosa Gattorno, of B+M Paris, has some initial advice when it comes to skin at any age: hydration, wearing sunblock all year, drinking lots of water, a healthy diet, avoiding tobacco and alcohol and, above all, hygiene measures such as the use of make-up remover, cleansing creams and soft peelings, as precautions.
When it comes to more damaged skin, such as dark spots, stretch marks, varicose veins or wrinkles, treatments are more specific. Dr Alberto Moreno and Rosa Gattorno talk about the anti-ageing topic.
“The techniques we use now pursue repositioning volume, rather than giving more volume to the face. These are less aggressive treatments, but need much more maintenance. We use techniques that relocate fat tissue and tighten the skin without any entrance point or incision. One of them is Thermage,” Dr. Morano says.
Thermage is the newest version of radiofrequency, which has no side effects and has achieved very good aesthetic results.
“Another treatment that gets great results is bioplasty. Basically, it is to nurture the skin with products that stimulate a chemical reaction in the tissue. This reaction starts the process of elaboration of the skin’s own collagen,” he says. “It can be done with many products, depending on the patient. It can be done with the patient’s own plasma or fat tissue as well as synthetic products that are resorbable. We do not like excessive treatments; we like prudence, discretion, safety and treatments that look natural.”
Rosa Gattorno has the same opinion about prudence. One of the principles of B+M Paris is to offer the best treatments in their three centres (Marrakech, Paris and Palma) but with the natural French touch.
For B+M’s staff every patient is a different world, there are no equal skins and that is why they recommend combined treatments to fight ageing and damaged skin.
“Every time it is a one-of-a-kind treatment. For example, we have to decide what kind of acid we use, if it is for thin or thick wrinkles. We combine a plasma treatment with Botox, because it rejuvenates the skin from the inside out. Another combination can be a facial filler with vitamins: nurture from the inside and fix some things from the outside is the key,” Dr. Rosa says.
“What we really suggest for starters is always a peeling or a good dermabrasion. We have to start the treatment on the epidermis to go deeper.”
Every skin is different and there is no unique treatment. Some have good genetics and some do not, but the key is to be aware about what damages the skin, how to prevent the damage and to permanently take care of the skin, considering it protects us from everything we are surrounded by. It is always a good start to go and see a specialist to learn more about it.