6 tips for anti-ageing
Embrace a fresh take on skin treatments
Patients have more options than ever before, particularly when it comes to more advanced skin treatments, such as anti-wrinkle relaxing injections and dermal fillers.
There has been a rise in both the popularity and acceptance of anti-ageing or age management treatments over the last decade in particular. In medical surveys undertaken in Australia have shown that three-quarters of Australians believe that non-surgical cosmetic treatments are an acceptable and the perfect options to address the signs of ageing.
As technology advances, there are so many new anti-ageing treatments to explore. We continue to see improvements in technology, making treatments more effective and less invasive. This translates to very little downtime, depending upon the treatment option selected.
6 Cosmetic Treatments to try
For those with sun damage and ageing concerns, there are treatments that can improve the appearance of your skin and don't involve the more invasive procedures necessary for deeper lines or more severe damage.
Chemical peels involve a professional therapist applying an acid solution (lactic or salicylic) with the aim of removing a layer or layers of superficial skin. The strength and type of acid will be curated to your individual needs.
RESULTS Peels have so many benefits, including diminishing dark spots to reveal a brighter complexion. They will also improve skin hydration by shedding the thickened outer layer so that skincare can actually penetrate the skin. Superficial peels have no or minimal downtime with only transient redness, dryness and skin flaking the following day.
A microdermabrasion treatment uses a diamond tipped treatment probe and a vacuum to exfoliate the skin. The treatment is gentle and remove the outermost layer of dead skin cells from the epidermis.
RESULTS After a microdermabrasion, texture is improved to give you a more glowing complexion, but it usually only has minimal or temporary benefits.
3. Laser Toning Facial
Laser Toning use light to rejuvenate the skin. The procedure, which involves short bursts of light, is painless. You feel a warmth slowly grow within the skin which the light energy being absorbed in the deeper layers. Laser toning is good for a lunch-time procedure, which is a great skin rejuvenation procedure. Results are best when repeated several times.
RESULTS Downtime is generally limited to a feeling of warmth, or perhaps some redness due to the stimulation of the skin
4. Anti-wrinkle Injections
Injections of muscle relaxant are a pharmaceutical that are precisely prescribed and administered for you. They can be used in a number of areas such as the frown, forehead, crows feet and grinding muscles. Great results such as a brow lift, a jowl lift and jawline definition can also be undertaken using this miracle drug.
RESULTS There is almost no-downtime, and the results last around 3-4 months for most people. Maintenance treatment will be required when the muscle begins to be active again.
5. Dermal Fillers
Using a naturally occurring sugar molecule, fillers help to plump up the skin, giving a more youthful look. Unlike muscle relaxant injections, dermal filler actually 'fills-out' the lines and creases, and restores the contours tot he face that are usually lost over time.
RESULTS Immediate results that continue to improve for a few weeks after treatment. The skin quality usually improves too, as the natural sugar attracts water so that skin hydration is optimised.
6. Fractional Venus Viva RF
Venus Viva RF treatment is a powerful treatment, with phenomenal results. Fractional treatments mean that only pinpoint resurfacing happens, leading to minimal downtime and fewer risks. So using a stamp-like action, micro-pins are pressed onto the skin, and then the radiofrequency (RF) energy is transmitted deep into the skin. This creates an impressive amount of collagen, whilst controlling damaged skin such as scars and skin laxity. Skin tightening is a major benefit of this treatment.
RESULTS It creates fresher and smoother skin, but be prepared for some redness, minor swelling and peeling for about 7 days after treatment.
The best skincare to try
There are significant differences between product and its not just based on cost. Typically cosmeceuticals available through medically-based clinics such as Dermal Distinction have more evidence-based studies. Also the quality and quantity of the ingredients and the delivery system are important.
Many cheaper creams do not contain enough concentrations of active ingredients and lack the delivery systems necessary for effective results. Ingredients that are super-potent include topical vitamin C, natural pigment inhibitors such as liquorice root and bearberry extract.