How To Treatments to Turn Back the Clock
Ageing is inevitable and a stage of life which we should take joy from. After all, women often become more confident and comfortable in their own skin as they age, but that doesn’t mean we can’t delay things a little. While face lifts and other surgeries are not for everyone, the good news is that there are minimally invasive treatments and tips to take a few years off which don’t involve surgery or lots of money. It’s important to note that minimally invasive treatments are often more affordable than plastic surgery,but you need to be sure you’re choosing a fully qualified professional with the correct certification.
How the face ages
The aging process involves both intrinsic and extrinsic influences.
- Intrinsic cellular and genetic aging begins in our twenties as the production of collagen decreases, eventually leading to a loss in skin elasticity. Cellular turnover also gradually slows, leading to duller-looking skin.
- Extrinsic aging encompasses environmental and lifestyle-related factors, including diet, alcohol consumption, smoking and sun exposure all of which speed up the aging process.
It’s important to understand that everyone experiences these aspects of aging differently. Chronological age and physical age occur at different rates and vary from individual to individual.
Botox is a protein which comes from the botulinum toxin which is injected into the muscle. This restricts the nerves and prevents the movement of muscle until lines and wrinkles fade away. It is often used on the forehead to smooth moderate to severe wrinkles and lines. It is not a permanent treatment and usually needs to be repeated every 3-4 months to prevent lines from coming back.
Injectables or Fillers
Injectables are also known as soft tissue fillers and can give quick results. The fillers acre often calcium hydroxyapatite-based or hyaluronic acid-based, but a professional will need to check for any allergies before treatment. The chemical is injected beneath the surface of the skin to smooth out lines and wrinkles. It can be used to treat laughter lines, frown lines and to create fuller lips.
Teeth whitening or other types of cosmetic dentistry can make a big difference when trying to look more youthful. A white and even smile can take years off you for several reasons. Firstly, a gleaming set of white teeth often leads to increased confidence, better communication, and a lot more smiling! A full set of white teeth is also a big indicator of health as discolored teeth are associated with older or unhealthy people. If you think a brighter smile could be the key to a younger look, make sure you find a top dentist specializing in cosmetic dentistry.
A chemical peel can be used alongside a face lift but is being increasingly used as a treatment in its own right. The chemical peel is a combination of one or more acids often glycolic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid or alpha hydroxy acid which rejuvenate the skin by lifting away dead skin. This can improve wrinkles, sun damage, fine lines, scarring from acne and can improve skin tone.
Many people forget about their hands when it comes to our anti-ageing moisturizers and other self-care routines, but hands go through a lot more than our faces. Sunspots, wrinkles and dry skin can be a big giveaway when it comes to age, but luckily there are treatments which can help. Some specialists are now offering a combination of soft tissue filler or fat injection with chemical peeling to soften the skin, remove spots and smooth out wrinkles.
Microabrasion to erase those wrinkles
Dermatologists may abrade your skin to allow the chemicals for peeling to penetrate better. This procedure basically roughens the skin allowing the chemical peel to exfoliate unwanted skin and to make the chemical peel more effective. One side effect may be to spread warts, herpes virus, bacteria or other virus sores from one part of your skin to other areas. The cost may be from $70 to $250 per treatment. How often you will need to have microabrasion on your skin may vary from weekly to monthly. You may have temporary side effects of swelling, redness and bruising.
Laser anti-aging skin treatment
Your dermatologist may use light or heat through laser for a variety of skin conditions, including anti-aging skin treatments. There are different types of lasers. One type will warn you to stay completely indoors and away from direct light for at least two days following the treatment. If you are takings medications that also warn against light sensitivity, you may not be a good candidate for skin laser treatment. The cost may vary from $500 to $5000 and up. You may need to get these treatments for several weeks and then touchups once a year. Fractional photothermolysis is a newer laser treatment technology. Lasers have improved over the years to help with treatment of visible broken blood vessels to targeting and improving small areas of skin.
Skin Care Products
Skin care products may contain harsh, irritating ingredients, although effective for anti-aging. Be careful with experimenting with expensive products to smooth wrinkles, and reduce dark circles. One such irritating ingredients, which is added to most skin care products for anti-aging is salicylic acid. A wide assortment of herbal ingredients may also have side effects and cause sensitive skin. Added antioxidants are helpful to help improve the skin, and are often recommended by dermatologists.
Based on the information above; obviously the fountain of youth is not as easy as one assumes it may be. The anti-aging skin treatments listed have side effects. And let’s face it; we all know how one looks with multiple Botox injections. The first one may look okay, but after a while you may become unrecognizable.
A balanced, healthy lifestyle, including good nutrition, exercise, and a positive attitude towards life can go a long way towards preventing premature aging. With stress management and a balance between fun and work that you love, you can enjoy a healthy glow, while slowing aging, visibly and biologically.