Sunday, September 16
Four Ways to Get Rid of Fine Lines and Deep Wrinkles
Naturally, the first signs of aging on skin are the crow's feet and laugh lines on our faces, and the wrinkly skin around the face and neck areas. Not all night creams, anti-aging toners, and pure antioxidant serums can stop the aging process on our skin cells and the rest of our body, but the most potent of them can delay the effects, especially when applied on the early signs of aging, and then used regularly for many years.
When a woman in her forties starts to use these anti-aging skin care products. When she's in her sixties, her skin will still be clear, feel supple, and look healthy. As long as she also follows healthy living principles, such as drinking sufficient water each day, using 30+ SPF sunscreen on her skin when outdoors, eating nutritious food, and avoiding exposure to toxins in the air caused by carbon emissions from vehicles and factories, and second-hand smoking, among others. Of course, all these anti aging methods must include regular trips to her preferred hair, skin and body spa clinic for much-needed rest and relaxation.
Speaking of spas, most of them offer cosmetic peel treatment with complementary moisturizing massage. A cosmetic peel uses a mild peel containing glycolic acid to shear away the top layers of skin. The treatment can be painful because you're peeling off damaged skin cells on the surface to reveal a new skin layer. The cells in this secondary layer look younger and healthier, feel softer and smoother, and become more supple. However, skin peels aren't effective at all in erasing the deep wrinkles around your eyes and mouth.
What's most effective, so far, are botox and collagen injections. Botox, as everyone knows by now, is a purified form of the toxin that's produced by the bacteria Clostridium botulinum. The bacteria thrives often inside canned goods that have gone past their expiration dates. Also, rusted and crumpled cans become contaminated by the bacteria, which produces the neurotoxin.
To reduce the appearance of wrinkles on your face and neck, the dermatologist introduces tiny amounts of the toxin into the facial muscles where deep lines of skin have formed. These muscle areas now look relaxed because they've been "frozen" and prevented from contracting and forming facial lines.
Collagen Injections and Laser Treatment
How do wrinkles form? Frequent muscular contractions when smiling, squinting, frowning, and laughing form deep lines on the skin's surface. Because mature skin now also has reduced collagen, which maintains its elasticity, the skin's ability to return to its original suppleness is prevented . Unlike botox, collagen isn't a toxin and it doesn't attacks our muscles. Our bodies naturally produce collagen when young and gradually decreases in production as we age and our skin matures.
To encourage aging skin to produce collagen again, skin specialists applies a non-ablative laser treatment, which leaves the surface skin tissue intact while creating micro-tears deep into the tissue layers where collagen is needed for emergency repairs. Unlike with synthetic collagen injections, the use of laser produces natural collagen in the body and won't cause allergic reactions. This non-invasive laser procedure is also used to treat age spots, skin bumps, uneven skin tone, and scars.
Other Injectable Fillers
Aside from synthetic collagen and stored fat, skin care clinics also use other types of injectable fillers to plump up sagging skin caused by loss of collagen and fat in mature skin. A popular skin rejuvenation treatment injects hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers into soft tissue. This is also used to treat osteoarthritis of the knee and to help surgeons perform cataract operations.
Although non-ablative, the skin laser treatment for producing collagen naturally in the body isn't the ideal choice of derm clinic patients. The use of HA-based injectables lead to fewer side effects, like skin allergy, because hyaluronic acid is more compatible with our skin tissue than collagen. Major brands of skin care products used for this procedure include Juvederm or Juvederm Ultra Plus, which contains hyaluronic acid. Collagen-based products include Cymetra (collagen derived from human skin), which is rarely used these days.
Other types of fillers include polylactic acid that's marketed as Sculptra, which is more of a body sculpting agent than a dermal filler, and the key ingredient of Radiesse called calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA). Radiesse is made up of synthetic CaHA microspheres suspended in aqueous gel composed of sodiumcarboxymethylcellulose, glycerin, and high purity water. Doctors use it as dermal filler to rid of deep wrinkles around the eyes and mouth and between the eyebrows on the forehead. Radiesse is also used for facial contouring over the nose, lips, chin, and jaw areas.