A quick explanation of two popular anti-aging treatments

As people get older, their skin stops producing collagen. This results in sagging, wrinkles and fine lines. However, there are now a number of anti-ageing treatments which can improve the appearance of aging skin. Here are two such treatments.

Dermal fillers

Dermal fillers are substances which, when injected into the skin, can plump it up and help to fill deep wrinkles and smooth out fine lines. The results of these injections are immediate.

These fillers are made from a range of materials, including calcium hydroxylapatite, hyalauronic acid, collagen and poly-L-lactic acid. The longevity of the effects of this treatment will depend on which filler is used; collagen, for example, rarely lasts for more than four months, whilst poly-L-lactic acid can last for a couple of years.

Dermal fillers are suitable for use on many different areas of the face; they are frequently injected into forehead lines, but can also be used to smooth out wrinkles around the mouth and chin, or between the eyebrows. Additionally, they can be used to fill out the hollows that develop underneath the eye area, and to plump up sunken cheeks, and thus restore their youthful fullness.

Fillers rarely result in any side effects; however, occasionally, people with sensitive skin may experience bruising and redness around the injection site.

Microdermabrasion

As mentioned above, a person's skin will eventually stop producing collagen. However, exfoliation treatments like microdermabrasion can be used to encourage the skin to make more of this substance and thus retain its youthfulness.

Microdermabrasion involves using a special tool to polish the surface layer of the skin. This polishing action removes dead skin cells, which gives the complexion a smooth and radiant look. This process also triggers the body to produce healthy new skin cells; this, in turn, can help to prevent the development of new wrinkles and soften the appearance of existing lines and age spots.

Microdermabrasion can be used on any body part; however, it is most frequently used in areas where the skin is thinner and more delicate, and therefore more prone to showing the signs of aging; namely, the backs of the hands, the neck, the décolleté and of course, the face.

Whilst this procedure is non-invasive and painless, it can cause some mild side-effects, which usually subside within a day or two after the treatment has been performed. These including redness, irritation and swelling around the area that has been treated. 


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