Even if all your facial features and hair were perfect, you would still not be considered beautiful if you do not have healthy skin to complement them all. The skin is the largest organ of our body and requires the greatest care.
With the increase in pollution, the number of diseases ailing the skin is also on the rise, yet the single greatest cause of concern remains time. As the numbers next to our column denoting age keep increasing, our skin undergoes changes, which are, to say the least desirable.
What used to be described as taut or glowing now takes on appearances that are best suited to pictures of pickled fruits (well, at least the worst cases). What would we not give to maintain that skin with which we were born? Well, all is not bleak. The ever-improving technology has come up with solutions in the quest for delaying the inevitable.
Anti-aging Skin Treatment Techniques
Wrinkling and other effects of aging that plague the skin are caused by the skin cells gradually losing their strength. It must be forewarned that humankind is yet to come up with a lasting solution to prevent wrinkling. Most of the anti-aging skin treatments are nothing, but temporary solutions that can only delay what would occur in any case. Some of the best treatments available today are:
In chemical peels, the external layer of the skin is removed to expose the newer skin that is better looking. This is carried out by administering chemical peels mostly in areas around the eyelids and mouth. It is successful depending on the damage that the skin has already suffered, which in turn depends on many factors like exposure to the sun and others.
This might be one technique you must have at least heard in the passing because it is not easy to miss it these days with many of our elderly Hollywood actors resorting to it to maintain their impeccable beauty. The technique, which is carried out to give a more youthful appearance involves the removal of excess facial skin, with or without tightening the underlying tissues, and the redraping of the skin on the patient’s face and neck.
Dermabrasion is the removal of scars by anesthetizing the skin surface and then sanding or scraping off some of the outer skin layers. This technique can be employed to treat moderate damage to the skin caused by exposure to sunlight. Because this technique involves sanding off the skin, the effectiveness depends more on the skill of the doctor as compared to other methods. This also means that it is not wise to use the method on areas that are soft, like around the eyes and mouth.
Laser treatment is one of the most sought-after forms of skin treatment. Anything from tumors to anti-aging treatments is now being carried out with laser beams. In this case, high-energy beams are used to straighten the weakened skin cells. The treatment is also pretty quick as compared to others.
Collagen injections are a relatively new method of treatment. In this case, chemicals, which facilitate collagen growth, are injected into the creases of the skin so as to straighten the wrinkles from within.
Botox is another of those treatments that have attained legendary status because of their advocacy by celebrities. It has been found to be effective in removing the lines and wrinkles from the skin and is considered less intrusive than other types of plastic surgeries.
On a cautionary note, it is to be kept in mind that none of the above-mentioned methods are free of side- effects and therefore ought to be checked with a physician before you resort to it. Another thing that you should remember is that the skin suffers extensive damage because of continuous exposure to the sun over a period of years. It would be best to prevent the same so that your skin appears better during your old age. Sunscreen creams, hats, long sleeves are simple yet effective methods of escaping the brunt of sunlight.