We all know that the skin does not lie. For most people, except for a lucky few, facial skin starts to show clear signs of ageing as we cross the age of 40. Collagen – which gives our skin its firmness and tone – starts to deplete leading to sagging of the skin and the formation of wrinkles, especially on the forehead, around the eyes and around the lips. While medical science is still looking for the “fountain of eternal youth”, we at least have found ways to slow down the aging process if not to halt it completely. Here are 3 techniques you should know about:
#1. Vampire facelift:
This procedure involves using a person’s own blood to improve skin tone. Blood is withdrawn (don’t worry – not a huge amount!), processed in a machine to create “platelet-rich plasma” (PRP) and the the processed plasma is injected back into the person’s face. Platelets are a naturally-occurring component of blood that are involved in clotting of blood and are rich in “growth factors” which help in promoting new skin cell growth and collagen formation. As a concentrated source of platelets, PRP helps promote the healing of soft tissue and is used for a variety of purposes including hair loss, wound-healing as well as facial rejuvenation. This is a relatively simple procedure that does not involve surgical techniques.
#2. Laser skin resurfacing:
Laser skin resurfacing is a high-precision procedure where laser beams are used to remove upper layers of the skin. This procedure is particularly effective at removing wrinkles, creases and scars. A recovery period of typically 10 to 20 days follows, and the new skin formed after recovery is considerably younger and tighter giving your face a younger look.
#3. Wrinkle injection:
This technique injects synthetic materials called “fillers” into the skin to smoothen out wrinkles and improve skin tone. There are 4 filler materials that have been approved by the US FDA: Perlane, Juvéderm, Artifill, and Radiesse. These fillers typically last for 1 year and therefore repeat procedures are necessary. The good news is that wrinkle injection has proven to be safe and has only minimal side effects such as temporary redness or swelling at the site of the injection.
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