With age, we start noticing changes in our skin. Namely a thinning of the skin, appearance of dark spots and fine wrinkles, or superficial vessels that become more appearing.
Many women want to look as young as they feel and would be glad to erase those few fine lines or even out some of the patchy spots. That’s when we start looking for skin rejuvenation solutions.
Some will choose to get a facelift, while others will decide they’re not ready to go through the procedure and would rather have more subtle and faster results. There are many advances in skin rejuvenation techniques that help get that fresh and glowing skin back.
Before we go over the different products and procedures that help rejuvenate a tired skin, let’s briefly understand how age affects our skin.
The effect of age on the face & neck
The facial bones that are responsible for lifting the facial tissues and giving volume to the face decrease in density with age. The fat under the skin decreases and changes positions, which show hollow areas over years like the under-eye area.
The basics for skin rejuvenation
Lifestyle modifications are very important to keep a healthy appearing skin. These consist of drinking at least 1.5 Liter of water per day, avoid smoking, eat healthy food, do sports regularly, apply sunscreen on a daily basis and use skin creams prescribed by your medical Doctor.
Yes, having a healthy lifestyle is the basic to making sure you have a fresh looking skin. But it’s not the only thing you can do. New advances in the medical field help people maintain a better skin quality, without having to apply makeup in the morning.
The numerous products and procedures that help rejuvenate skin worn by time and sun exposure are gaining more popularity. It’s important to do the research and get advised by a trusted doctor to choose a treatment with care.
The most common skin rejuvenation procedures
Here are several rejuvenation techniques to remove wrinkles, scars and uneven pigmentation.
A mixture of vitamins, enzymes, extracts of plants, and hyaluronic acid (in a different form compared to fillers) that nourishes the skin, increases the anti-oxidation reactions, and stimulates the formation of collagen and other skin elements like elastin.
Frequently used with mesotherapy to provide a better cosmetic result and treat also other skin conditions like acne scars or large pores. With this technique, we use an instrument that contains many small thin needles on the skin. These needles cause mini-injuries that will stimulate the production of collagen and elastin.
3- Skin boosters
They look like fillers but the major difference is that the hyaluronic acid, which is the main component of fillers, is not cross-linked. Let’s use a more understandable language: the role of hyaluronic acid in skin boosters is not increasing volume or filling wrinkle lines; it is mainly recruiting water to the cells giving the skin a velvet like appearance.
In addition to that, skin boosters contain other elements that boost the formation of collagen and elastin, essential factors for a young looking skin.
4- Chemical Peel
This technique is used to improve the appearance of the skin on the face, neck or hands. We apply a chemical solution to the skin that causes it to exfoliate and eventually peel off. The new, regenerated skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin.
5- Radiofrequency skin treatments
We us radiofrequency waves to heat the skin, tighten the tissues and make the skin look radiant. But the results aren’t very deep and most of the clients require multiple sessions in order to start seeing results. This treatment is generally recommended for young people that want to treat early signs of ageing.
6- Platelet Rich Plasma
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections consist of a simple procedure in which blood is drawn, and then plasma is separated. A certain part of the plasma, rich in growth factors, is collected back.
The role of those growth factors is mainly tissue rejuvenation. An activator is added to the PRP which makes the growth factors more efficient and when injected correctly stimulates the skin cells to renew themselves giving the person a fresh looking skin.
There is no consensus on how many PRP sessions need to be done in order to get the desired results but in general a session per month for 2 to 3 sessions are made followed by a session every 6 to 8 months.
PRP injections underwent major improvements over the years at the harvesting, separation, preparation, and injection levels, which makes it a highly demanded aesthetic service in cosmetic clinics.
All the skin rejuvenation treatments that were listed don’t always provide the patient with the skin quality and glow that they are aiming for. In such cases, a full skin rejuvenation is needed and that is where stem cells come in.
7- Stem cells
Medical research showed that fat cells are rich in stem cells and some body parts provide a better quality of fat cells with a longer longevity like belly and inner thighs fat. Fat is processed to get the liquid of fat rich in stem cells (Nanofat), which works as a skin-rejuvenating agent without adding any volume to the treated site.
The use of new and old upgraded machines is becoming a trend these days especially with the increased demand of non-surgical cosmetic options. The most important thing when considering to go with a skin rejuvenation procedure is to choose the treatments with care by getting good advice from a trusted doctor.
Dr. Ziade is available for any of your questions about these skin rejuvenation procedures as well as consultations.
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