Organic therapies for anti-ageing

Written by: Dr Haidar Hassan
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.


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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:

  • Deep chemical peels
  • Laser resurfacing

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:

  • The skin needs time to recover
  • Increase risks of post-procedural complications
  • Increased 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 or to book an appointment, visit Dr Hassan’s Top Doctors profile.

By Dr Haidar Hassan

Dr Haidar Hassan is a highly skilled dentist based in Marylebone, London at the Swedish Smile Clinic, where he serves as the principal dental implant surgeon. He specialises in dental implants, wisdom tooth extraction, and facial aesthetics, and offers cosmetic dental treatments, such as veneers and Invisalign. He also provides emergency dental treatment.

Dr Hassan qualified from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and went on to complete two master's degrees - one in dental implants in Spain and the other in aesthetic medicine in the UK. He has a PhD, awarded in Sweden. He has trained with world leaders in dental implantology, which has given him the advanced skillset he has today.

Dr Hassan is an academic tutor at the European Dental Implantology Program at University Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid as well as a visiting clinical researcher at the Department of Natural Sciences, Faculty of Science and Technology, Middlesex University (London). His research has been published in various peer-reviewed journals and he frequently attends and speaks at dental research congresses. 

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