Organic therapies for anti-ageing

Written by: Dr Haidar Hassan
Published: | Updated: 07/08/2023
Edited by: Cal Murphy

Ageing. It's something that affects us all. However, that doesn’t stop us from trying to fight the signs of ageing from appearing on our bodies. Rather than introducing man-made chemicals or toxins into our bodies, are there organic options for anti-ageing treatment?


Leading dental implant surgeon and facial aesthetics expert, Dr Haidar Hassan, is here to explain how targeting our own biological factors can help fight off the passing of time.


Woman touching her face



The quest for younger-looking skin


We are learning more and more about the biological processes involved in ageing and at the same time, new techniques are constantly being developed to slow down or reverse these processes.


Cosmetic techniques developed over the years include:


Anti-ageing treatments like these are safe when performed by trained medical professionals, and have become commonplace, although they vary in how effective and invasive they are.


The way they work is to essentially injure the outer layer of the skin (epidermis), causing an inflammatory reaction in the lower layer (dermis). This causes new collagen and skin to be produced. However, there are several drawbacks to damaging the skin’s surface, including:

  • The skin needs time to recover
  • Increase risks of post-procedural complications
  • Increases sensitivity to sun damage


Automated percutaneous collagen induction therapy (PCI)


PCI, or medical microneedling, causes targeted micro-trauma by inserting tiny, sterile needles into the upper and mid layers of the skin. These pin-pricks stimulate a wave of healing across the skin, with cells producing fresh collagen to repair the miniscule injuries, while doing minimal damage to the epidermis. This speeds up recovery time, with most patients ready to resume normal activity the following day. It also reduces the odds of complications post-treatment.


Platelet-rich concentrates (PRC)


Platelets are an important component of our blood plasma, which assist the healing process. By isolating this organic resource, we can create platelet-rich concentrates (PRCs) to be used in anti-ageing therapy, either alone, or in conjunction with another treatment. PRC is thought to stimulate the production of collagen, elastin, anti-inflammatory factors and several other regenerative components from certain skin cells. It also contains growth factors, which help to accelerate recovery.


PCI + PRC = Better organic bang for your buck


Some of these rejuvenating treatments work especially well in combination. The two aforementioned treatments, PCI and PRCs seem to have a significantly greater anti-ageing effect when used together, resulting in their growing popularity.


Other advantages include:

  • Both are non-invasive.
  • They are considered more natural approaches than some of the alternatives.
  • They carry little to no risk of allergic reactions
  • They are safe when used with patients of any skin tone, with no risk of affecting pigmentation.
  • Both are relatively inexpensive compared to invasive treatment.


However, the effects of the treatment do not appear instantly. A series of treatments, usually a few weeks apart, are necessary to achieve the desired result. The skin needs to be given time to rejuvenate.



For more information on organic rejuvenating treatments or to book an appointment, visit Dr Haidar Hassan's Top Doctors profile today.

By Dr Haidar Hassan

Dr Haidar Hassan is a highly skilled principal oral implant surgeon based in Marylebone, London at the Swedish Smile Clinic, where he serves as the principal oral implant surgeon. He specialises in dental implants, wisdom tooth extraction, and facial aesthetics. He also provides emergency dental treatment.
Dr Hassan graduated from the University of Gothenburg (Sweden) and subsequently completed two Master’s degrees: one in Oral Implantology (with distinction) and another in Aesthetic Medicine (with distinction). In 2018, he earned his Ph.D. from the University of Gothenburg. Additionally, he holds a Diploma in Oral Implantology and Sedation, and a Fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeons (England).
Currently, Dr Hassan serves as a Clinical Senior Lecturer and Modules Lead in Aesthetic Medicine/Oral Surgery at the Blizard Institute (Academic Plastic Surgery Programmes)/Royal London Hospital (Queen Mary University of London). He is also a Senior Lecturer, Examiner, and PhD supervisor in oral implantology at King Juan Carlos University (Madrid, Spain). Furthermore, he holds the position of a visiting clinical researcher at the Department of Natural Sciences (Middlesex University of London).
In 2019, Dr Hassan received the British Council of Aesthetic Medicine Quality Research Award for his clinical paper on 'Injectable Platelet-Rich Fibrin for Facial Rejuvenation'. Furthermore, in 2023, his jointly published articles were awarded 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places in the BCAM Quality Research Award in Aesthetic Medicine.
His research interests encompass regenerative treatments/materials, platelet-rich derivatives (PRF/allogenic growth factors), oral surgery, sedation, and oral implants. Dr Hassan is an active participant and speaker at oral implant research congresses and aesthetic medicine meetings. His research has been published in various peer-reviewed journals.

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