The Anti-ageing Revolution
With thanks to the revolutionary developments over the last ten years, we are now living in a golden age for anti-ageing treatments that really do work!
There have never been so may effective ways to look younger with out going under the knife. Nowadays we can improve our looks with out breaking the bank and with increasingly popular minimally invasive or non-surgical almost pain free techniques with low down time.
What makes these treatments so credible?
- Scienfically approved and researched treatments for dermal fillers and BOTOX
- Always only use a registered and licensed plastic surgeon for your safety – this means your doctor technical training
But how can you be sure they work and really how much do or don’t they hurt?
Botox inhibits the ability for muscles to contract and reduces those pesky dymanic wrinkles or laughter lines. It’s adminstrated with a tiny needle that hurts no more than a mosquito bite for a few seconds. Numbing cream can also be used if you really feel you prefer not to feel it.
Fillers to hydrate sculpt and plump up your lips or creases.
Used by millions Restylane boasts of having created the HA filler.
In the late 1980s, Swedish scientist and entrepreneur Bengt Ågerup had a vision to bring his scientific work on HA out of the lab and into the real world. Ågerup and his fellow scientists wanted to find a way to restore skin moisture and structure by creating a product that could deliver naturally occurring HA into the skin. It had to be safe – closely resembling natural HA so that it would not be detected by the body as a foreign substance and cause an immune reaction – and offer long-lasting results.
The product was Restylane, the world’s first stabilised non-animal HA filler.
And the innovation didn’t stop there. Since the first product was launched in 1996, a range of products is now available with carefully calculated properties to suit patients’ individual needs. This has included creating products with diverse textures to offer different levels of lift or volume, and products specifically formulated to deliver skin hydration. [Source : https://restylane.co.uk/our-story]
HYALURONIC ACID AND AGEING
Restylane products are based on a sugar molecule called hyaluronic acid, or HA, which is naturally found in our bodies and offers support and structure to our tissues.
HA keeps our skin hydrated and firm, through its unique ability to bind water molecules; it also provides support and structure to the skin and protects it from damage. However, as we age the natural production of HA by our bodies slows down. This means that our skin can become thinner, dehydrated and less firm, losing its radiance and youthful appearance.
At the same time, the natural ageing process drives changes to the underlying bone structure of the face, which can lead to a lack of definition in facial contours, such as our cheeks [Source : https://restylane.co.uk/our-story]
HERE ARE THREE MAJOR KINDS OF ANTI-AGING TREATMENTS
Chemical peels, microdermabrasion and laser resurfacing modify the surface of the skin to correct visible signs of sun damage, such as fine lines, irregular pigmentation and blemishes.
Toxins, traditional fillers (hyaluronic acid) and collagen stimulators are injected into facial areas to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles and restore facial contours – the Liquid facelift or 8 Point Lift8 Point Lift8 Point Lift. PRP Platelet Rich Plasma – Vampire lift.
A wide range of surgical procedures exist, face lifts and fat transfers, which are used to remove excess fat, lift severely sagging skin or fill facial hollows. These are invasive types of treatment.
Besides wrinkling and gravity, volume loss to the face has become increasingly recognised as an important component to the ageing process, which can be restored with either HA fillers in the clinic or facial fat grafting surgery.
Facial Rejuvenation surgical fat injections and lifts
Fat grafting, through a gentle hand-harvesting method, purification process, and microdroplet injection technique, has shown to improve durability compared with older techniques that could compromise transplanted fat longevity.
A metaphor can help people understand the role of fat grafting: when we are young we are a full, ripe grape and as we become older we deflate into a raisin.
The question then is why should we cut and pull the raisin into a pea, when we should think about reinflating it back into a grape. Clearly, fat grafting is not a treatment for all aging, just the part that involves loss of volume and can be combined with a facelift give beautiful and natural results.
Volume loss is particularly more pronounced around the eyes, cheeks, and jawline, where fat grafting can play the greatest role in creating a balanced and comprehensive rejuvenation strategy for the face that may include blepharoplasty (cosmetic eyelid surgery) and/or a facelift.
Fat grafting involves removing fat from one’s own abdomen or thighs to put into certain regions of the face that start to lose fat. Only tiny amounts of fat are removed so this should not be equated with liposuction. Using blunt cannulas (which are 1 mm hollow tubes with a blunt end and a small hole through which the fat comes out) the fat is injected as little droplets throughout the areas of facial hollowness. By using this microdroplet technique, grafted fat has a much higher blood supply so that survival is improved and the results are smoother given how small each individual fat parcel is.
To understand the role of fat grafting, we have to evaluate the general shape of a face as it matures. Oftentimes, when we look at a face we can immediately perceive the age of someone without even seeing wrinkles or gravity. Why is this? It has a lot to do with overall facial shape. A child, no matter how thin, tends to have a round face. That roundness is attributed to the abundance of baby fat that tends to stay until one’s late twenties.
Many women actually like the shape of their face better in their early 30s because they have lost a lot of their baby fat and start to have more of a triangular heart shaped face. As one continues to age the loss of fat in the eyes, cheeks and jawline, including some weight gain in the lower face, neck, and jowls starts to invert the triangle so that the base of the triangle is now at the bottom of the face. Conceptually, the goal of facial fat grafting is to invert the triangle so that the heart shaped face of youth returns.
Volume restoration for the face also adds more light to the face, which in turn can make the skin look more radiant. Adding fat back to the face can even begin to help the skin texture and tone through what is thought to be a stem-cell response that the skin undergoes over areas of transplanted fat. This phenomenon is only speculated and is not conclusive but can be evident towards a year following fat grafting.
Fat grafting also appeals to many prospective patients, as it is minimally invasive and does not require any traditional facial incisions. With a global perspective on the aging process, fat grafting has assumed a more prominent role in our ability to combat the signs of aging.
Always consult a plastic surgeon for specific advise for your needs.
Registered and licensed Plastic Surgeons with international membership for the Australian and American Society of Plastic Surgeons.