Anti-Aging Skin Treatment
What is Anti-Aging Skin Treatment?
Anti-ageing treatments are specifically designed to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging skin. These treatments are commonly performed on parts of the body that are most susceptible to the earliest signs of ageing, such as the face, neck, and hands. Depending on the extent of the condition, treatment options range from over-the-counter anti-ageing products such as creams and lotions to Botox injections and highly invasive surgical procedures such as a facelift. Each option comes with certain risks, so patients need to have a thorough discussion with their skincare and anti-ageing specialists before undergoing any type of treatment.
Who Should Undergo & Expected Results
Anti-ageing treatments are highly recommended for those who are prone to developing wrinkles and fine lines, as well as those who have loose, sagging skin. People who usually take advantage of these treatments are those who are at least 30 years old. Research shows that these are more popular with the female population, however, more and more male patients are now starting to appreciate the benefits of anti-ageing treatments. Anti-aging treatments work in different ways, but they are mostly geared towards restoring the skin’s natural collagen supply. Collagen, a protein found in connective tissues, is responsible for maintaining the skin’s plumpness. However, due to the natural ageing process, the body’s collagen
supply tends to deteriorate over time. Today, there are different techniques used to stimulate the production of collagen and with the help of new technologies, side effects such as damage to the topmost skin layer, are significantly minimized.
The expected results may differ depending on the type of treatment and the specific type of substance used. The most common types of ingredients in anti-ageing treatments include:
- Retinol – A derivative of vitamin A, retinol is a milder form of retinoid. Although it can take several weeks to take effect, it is proven to be highly effective in reducing wrinkles, unclogging pores, reducing the appearance of brown age spots, and improving the skin’s overall texture.
- Hyaluronic Acid – Hyaluronic acid is a popular humectant, a substance that draws water from the air, which makes it a natural and very effective moisturizer. It works great in hydrating the skin and is found not only in prescription anti-ageing medications and cosmetic treatments but also in over-the-counter lotions.
- Niacinamide – Niacinamide works by preventing melanin from becoming visible. The overproduction of melanin causes pigmentation of the skin, which can cause sunspots and other unsightly marks and tags. This vitamin B3 derivative is typically used to treat acne scars, age spots, and sunspots by lightening them so they become less visible.