The natural aging process, or intrinsic aging, is mainly controlled by genetics. With time and age, the skin becomes thinner, drier and more fragile. Aging or Mature Skin produces less collagen and elastin resulting in lax skin that lacks the fullness, smoothness or the glow of youth. Although there are treatments available to correct or stall intrinsic aging, it is not something that can be prevented.
Extrinsic aging however is preventable aging caused by lifestyle choices and environmental damage. Excessive sun exposure, pollution, certain medications, tobacco use, lack of sleep or exercise, poor diet can all lead to premature aging.
Sun damage is responsible for most signs of premature aging since the sun rays breaks down collagen at an alarming rate, especially so for devout sun worshipers.
What are the best options available, when trying to avoid or postpone the need for surgery?
Aging is a natural process that all humans will experience over time. Our modern society now offers us many options to slow down aging, in order to age as well or as gracefully as our genetics will allow us to.
- Botox for example, is a purified toxin(botulinum) that temporarily paralyzes muscles for about 3-5 months, preventing muscle contraction, thereby temporarily softening fine lines and wrinkles. The biggest con to using Botox is that it is a toxin after all, and the wrinkle reducing effects are temporary requiring the user to have to receive Botox injections as often as every 3-5 months or so. Botox Injections can also have some side effects Click Here To Read Possible Botox side effects.
- Dermal Fillers or Facial Injectables such as Juvederm, Restylane, are made of hyaluronic acid Gel products, that are injected into the skin to achieve volume , thus reducing wrinkles, nasolabial folds and deep wrinkles. Products such as Juvederm and Restylane will plump and eliminate deep wrinkles. The con to Dermal Fillers is that the effects are also temporary, lasting from around 8 to 12 months and can cost from $800 to $1200 per single treatment.
- A treatment that is gaining popularity in the USA is Microneedling, or skin needling, which has been used in Europe for many years and has been found to be a long term solution to fine lines and wrinkles due to the fact that the process actually encourages your body's own production of collagen and elastin. The added use of products with stem cell, growth factors and other anti aging ingredients including Peptides and hyaluronic acid during the treatment, increases the efficacy of the treatment by encouraging the proliferation of fibroblasts and keratinocytes which produce collagen and keratin respectively. This is a truly bio-friendly approach to wrinkle reduction and volume augmentation.
Microneedling has almost no real side effects except for some redness and a sunburn feeling which begins to subside within a couple of hours up to 48 hours. MaxAesthetics offers an anti-aging skin needling designer facial known as the Stem facial. This anti aging skincare facial will renew and regenerate the skin reducing the look of aged sagging skin, fine lines, wrinkles, smoker's lines around the lips, large pores, scars and more, giving you a healthy youthful glow. Generally, 3 treatments are recommended at 4 weeks intervals. Click here for a History Of Microneedling.