Breaking news! The latest anti-aging breakthroughs
Dermatologist and Cosmetologist Dr. Anju Methil.
Is there anyone out there who doesn’t want a gulp from the fountain of youth? Or at least a teensy sip? I’m often asked if there’s golden nectar to turn back time. Is anti-aging therapy a myth or a reality? Anti-aging is an emerging science, with specialists striving to uncover the factors that trigger the ageing process. Most anti-aging treatments are a group of disparate therapies aimed at reversing the effects of aging. Luckily, there’s a host of options available and you should consult a qualified, experienced doctor to help you choose the optimal therapy for you. I will highlight all the new options available today to transform you.
Aging is a multifactorial process that affects the body in different ways:
- As we age, mass is lost from bones, leading to volume depletion and skin sag that manifests as jowls and eye bags.
- Muscles start weakening and losing tone; manifesting as thin lips and drooping chins.
- Fat loss and continuous use of facial muscles causes permanent lines that give the impression of being tired and worried.
- Collagen loss leads to sagging and textural changes that shows up as crinkly, loose skin.
There is a wide range of anti-aging therapies aimed at restoring, rejuvenating and refining, starting from a simple chemical peel to surgical options. The principle is to identify the right cause of the deformity and treat it with the right combination of therapies. Luckily there’s no dearth of techniques and newer modalities that are effective and have shorter downtimes.
To improve skin texture
We use modalities that act on the dermis as well as the epidermis. These include Microdermabrasion, Peels and Lasers. Chemical peels and abrasive procedures are used to treat hyperpigmentation. Meanwhile, laser skin resurfacing uses a single wavelength laser beam to dissolve molecular bonds in the skin and vaporize the outer skin layer. Different lasers are used to address specific skin concerns.
To tighten skin
The aim is to induce collagen formation in the dermis. The mainstay remains Radiofrequency (RF) treatments which may be of unipolar, bipolar or tripolar radio frequency. For selected patients Microneedling /Factionated RF, Ultrasound therapy (Ulthera) or PRP treatment (also called the “Vampire Facelift”) or Non-Surgical Thread Lift may be of great benefit.
To restore glow
Current therapy involves using Mesotherapy wherein nutrients and vitamins are introduced directly into skin. New age cosmoceuticals show great promise in restoring glow and vitality. A new alternative is using nano fat, a thinner emulsion of aspirated fat, in areas that appear sunk.
To restore volume
Fillers (I personally prefer Hyaluronic Acid fillers) and autologous fat transfer (lipo filling) are proven treatment methodologies that show instant results.
To create positive facial expressions
Botox is very effective in smoothing frown lines and correcting a drooping mouth. Botox is completely safe in the hands of a qualified practitioner and if used correctly can miraculously give you a rested, refreshed look.
To change facial shape/ facial contouring
A combination of therapies such as Liquid Facelift, Botox and Non-surgical Threads can be used synergistically. Mesolipolysis is also effective in selected patients. Kybella is the latest treatment for double chin fat that has received FDA approval.
To give you an example; recently a 62-year-old lady came into my office asking if it was possible for her to look good in time for her son’s wedding a week later. In her case we performed an instant glow laser facial followed by a non-surgical liquid facelift. She was happily surprised at the instant results and ‘glowed’ through the wedding. As we mention on our website www.skinandshape.com “Aging is now…… optional.”
Finally, it’s vital that you manage chronic health conditions that can cause skin aging. Diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, stress and anxiety can all age you prematurely. Learn to live full, happy lives. It’s proven that happy people look and feel younger. These are new and exciting times, and once you find the ‘right’ doctor and choose the ‘right’ options in the ‘right’ order you can look forward to a ‘magical’ transformation. After all, beautiful young faces are creations of nature but beautiful old faces are works of art!