Is anti-ageing possible?
Halting the ageing process would be amazing, wouldn’t it? Sadly,finding a way to stop it completely has yet to be discovered by our scientific geniuses! However, slowing the ageing process down and minimising the affects of ageing is absolutely possible. In this blog, we outline the need-to-know information surrounding anti-ageing, useful anti-ageing treatment options, and some key takeaways on the subject.
What causes our skin to age?
Our skin ages due to the continuous loss of subcutaneous fat as we get older, which subsequently leads to the creation of wrinkles on skin. Additionally, the effects of ageing can be worsened from long term exposure to then sun, which can lead to discolouration of the skin and the formation of fine lines. Diet, exercise, smoking, genetics are also some of the factors that contribute to speeding up the ageing process.
It is possible to slow down and minimise the effects of ageing through consuming a healthy & balanced diet, as well as ensuring your body remains hydrated at all times. However, following these aforementioned tips will only reduce the effects of ageing – they are not a cure. It is however possible to undergo treatments which can significantly increase your chance of maintaining a youthful appearance. Two of the most popular options are Botox and dermal fillers.
Popular anti-ageing treatments
Botox can be an effective option for anti-ageing with the effects lasting for a fairly significant period, potentially around 6-9 months. During this time period, nerve fibres start to regenerate, and the effects eventually wear off. Botox injections for wrinkles are particularly popular as the toxin used, paralyzes the muscles around the area of treatment to minimise the appearance of wrinkles in an effective manner. These injections are also very safe, quick and predictable, assuming the injections are performed by an experienced and qualified dermatologist.
However, there is the potential for some side effects, and these can be exacerbated if the process is not performed in the proper manner. There are several minor symptoms which are nothing to worry about and should go away in 1-2 days. This includes some mild pain, inflammation or bruising around the injection site, as well as possible mild flu-like symptoms.
Dermal fillers can also be a very effective form of anti-ageing treatment. Fillers help improve the shape, structure, and volume of skin for a period of approximately 6 months. A key benefit of this treatment is that it utilises hyaluronic acid fillers, which are naturally occurring in the body. This means it is very unlikely to result in allergic reactions. This makes the procedure more attractive than traditional fillers which use collagen and are slightly more invasive.
There are some potential risks from dermal fillers which also need to be considered. Similar to Botox, the majority of risks are a minor and can include a little swelling and bruising. However, these issues are often avoidable if injections are delivered properly by a certified and experienced dermatologist like the team here at Gentle Facial Aesthetics.
In conclusion, while completely reversing the effects of ageing itself is currently impossible, we are able toadminister treatments that minimise the effects of ageing and keep us looking as youthful as possible. This can be partially achieved through maintaining a healthy lifestyle, a balanced diet and effective hydration, but this will only go so far. Instead, anti-ageing treatments are the most effective in masking fine line, minimising deep wrinkles, and generally helping us to retain a youthful glow for as long as possible. The two best options are Botox and dermal fillers, as they are not only very effective at knocking years off your age, both treatments are also quick, easy to carry out, and offer minimal side effects. It is intrinsic that treatment is undertaken by trained professionals.
If you are keen to find out if either of these treatments are right for you, contact us today and we’ll gladly book you an appointment or consultation to chat things through.