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The aging process of the skin
Our skin is a primary indicator of facial aging and a multitude of factors like sun exposure, genetics, stress, lifestyle and hormonal changes affect its tone, elasticity and ability to adjust to the underlying volume loss and bone atrophy that occurs with age.
Aging primarily affects the ability of a special pool of cells named fibroblasts to renew collagen fibers, a scaffold that provides strength and support to the skin. As a person ages, the metabolism of the fibroblast cells gradually declines and the dermis looses its strength and flexibility. It is estimated that we lose up to 1% of our natural collagen each year. In addition the outer skin layer (epidermis) becomes thinner and the pigment-containing cells (melanocytes) increase in size leading to uneven pigmentation.
These series of imbalances occur in a self-perpetuating cycle causing the skin to lose its youthful appearance and radiance. Due to the perplexity of the skin structure and the multitude of layers and elements responsible for its integrity, a single conventional treatment cannot be sufficient to address the complex aging cascade.
A wavesphere of multilayered facial rejuvenation
The Hybrid is not a conventional facial but a sophisticated skin rejuvenation medical program aiming to revitalise the entire face. The development of the Hybrid stems from clinical research studies and Dr Papageorgiou’s experience at the University of California Los Angeles and the cosmetic industry in Beverly Hills and NYC.
The Hybrid fuses in a “hybrid fashion” different energy waves and technologies aiming to achieve a sustained process of facial rejuvenation. A supercharged medical treatment that can target every single layer of the skin, from the deep dermis to the superficial epidermis. The regeneration process, achieved over serial sessions is suitable for patients of every age and skin color with no discomfort or downtime.
Although the Hybrid does not replace the role of surgery, volumizing agents or neuromodulators, with regular applications the final effect on the skin can be transformative.
The Hybrid is stratified in three phases and involves five regenerative processes targeting the face.
The initiation phase prepares the skin to receive the energy waves. By using the gentle power of vortex infusion (hydradermabrasion) dead skin cells are removed and skin layers are penetrated with botanical peptides, antioxidants and hyaluronic acid.
A powerful nutrition for the cells whose metabolism will be stimulated by a cascade of energy waves. This phase functions as a pre-work out nutritional booster that prepares the skin cells for an intense cross fit session.
A laser induced rejuvenation process (Lasergenesis) where rays of powerful light energy are targeting the deeper layers of the skin. All stages of skin remodeling occur under the biological protection of an intact skin surface. This phase is an extremely pleasant experience and the infrared waves feel like warm raindrops or rays of sun caressing the face. Clinical studies have shown that this regeneration phase energises the cells, stimulates collagen production and reverses damage inflicted on the face from ultraviolet radiation and aging. The powerful infrared wavelenghth of the Hybrid not only reaches the deeper layers of the skin but is less absorbed by melanin, therefore is safer for darker skin patients or actively tanned patients.
A layer of radiofrequency waves will complement the effect of the infrared light and further boost collagen and elastin production. These waves provide controlled deep dermal heating and induce neocollagenesis, creating firmer and healthier looking skin.
A gentle fruit peel with antibacterial and healing properties, a bitter almond extract, will target the superficial layers of the skin and further even pigmentation changes related to chronic sun damage. The advantage of the mandelic acid is that due to its larger molecular structure, penetrates the epidermis at a much slower rate causing less redness or other adverse effects even for the most sensitive skin.
The final step of the Hybrid uses the soothing power of gentle waves, red and blue LED light to calm the skin from the laser energy. First developed by NASA, these waves function as a meditation process to the cells, supplying them with the energy to heal within. The restoration phase not only accelerates the regenerative process but also provides an immediate glow to the face. Patients can walk out looking radiant and refreshed and ready to go back to their work schedule or attend a special event.
The regenerative effect of the Hybrid will continue over several weeks, with recruitment of metabolically active cells and new collagen production.
A consultation with Dr Papageorgiou is essential prior to enrolment, as the Hybrid is a medical treatment and protocols are tailored to each patient and individual skin texture. Although noticeable improvements are achieved with one treatment, most patients see gradual and cumulative results throughout successive Hybrid sessions.
In order to maximise outcomes Dr Papageorgiou recommends a series of three Hybrids (Induction phase) spaced four weeks apart followed by maintanance sessions. Patients will follow a personalised skin care regime (ZO Obagi medical line) aiding in restoration of texture, strength, firmness and color tone of the skin.
The Hybrid is available exclusively at KX medispa, 151 Draycott Avenue, Chelsea