More and more, we’re hearing about new treatments that claim to halt the ageing process. For years, men and women alike have searched for the holy grail of anti-ageing products – and often to no avail. Many consider cosmetic surgery, but with the risks and lengthy healing times involved, have turned their search to treatments that are less invasive. Surely it’s better to find an anti-ageing process that doesn’t involve going under the knife?
There are certainly other ways to stave off the years. With an increasing number of non-invasive procedures available, cosmetic surgery no longer has to be an option. So what are the procedures that are available? We look at the top 6 non surgical anti ageing treatments.
If you spend any time reading celebrity magazines, you’ll have heard of Botox. While it may not necessarily have the best reputation, it can give impressive natural-looking results when administered properly. It is generally injected into the upper half of the face, and works by blocking signals from nerves to muscles. It softens ‘dynamic lines’ caused by movement in the face, giving an overall more youthful appearance.
2. Dermal fillers
Dermal fillers are injections that instantly work to add volume to the skin and reduce lines and wrinkles. They can also be used to plump lips and cheeks, as well as improving the appearance of the hands and decolletage. Some of the popular brands are hyaluronic acid fillers – these are made from a substance which is found naturally in the human body and isn’t derived from animal sources. Hyaluronic acid fillers offer a much more affordable and less invasive alternative to facelifts.
3. Chemical peels
Chemical peels are a popular way to leave skin looking fresh and young. The process involves applying a chemical solution to the skin, and can be done on a single occasion or as a course. Peels can help to combat a number of aesthetic problems, such as skin that is dull, sun-damaged, uneven or oily. It is most commonly used on the face, but can be also be used on places like the back of the hands, which often show telltale signs of ageing.
Superficial peels can be effective in unblocking pores and reducing blackheads, and are provided by beauty therapists.
Medium depth peels can reduce the appearance of acne scars and age spots. If you do choose to go for a medium depth chemical peel, be sure that it is being provided by a medical skin specialist.
4. Laser resurfacing treatments
Laser treatments work to combat deep lines and wrinkles by delivering small beams of light onto the skin. As well as reducing wrinkles, they can reduce other signs of ageing, such as age spots, stretch marks and hyperpigmentation. Fractional laser skin resurfacing works on small areas of skin at a time and is generally less harsh than other laser treatments, allowing for quicker recovery times.
Also known as Collagen Induction Therapy, dermarollers create tiny puncture wounds in the skin to stimulate collagen production, leaving the skin feeling smoother and looking more youthful. While cosmetic dermarollers are available at beauty salons and to purchase for home use, medical dermarollers offer a deeper, more effective treatment. Courses of between 3-5 sessions are recommended, but many people notice results after just one session.
Microdermabrasion is increasingly popular, and has been even been referred to as “an instant facelift”. It’s a form of mechanical exfoliation that doesn’t require any laser or chemical treatments, and works by removing dead skin cells to reveal the healthy and smooth skin underneath. Medical grade microdermabrasion pushes active ingredients deeper into the skin and stimulates new cell growth, making it extremely effective in reducing pigmentation and fine lines and wrinkles.
Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic are specialists in dermatology, and offer a number of non-invasive treatments to combat the ageing process. With services overseen by an experienced Consultant Dermatologist, they offer a professional and trustworthy service. For more information about the services they offer, take a look at this page.