They say the 40s is the age when people start to look visibly older, but truthfully, in terms of actually looking recognizably older, it is not really that easy to pinpoint the exact age when it begins. But there is a respite, as medical technology brings about new lasers and treatments that temporary halt or slow down the signs of aging. Indeed, there are even medical innovations that claim to reverse these processes, with studies showing changes in expression of genes associated with lifespan and longevity. Here are 5 anti-aging innovations you really should know about.
Sculptra, or Dream Sculpture, is a cosmetic injectable that contains poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), a biocompatible medical substance that stimulates intrinsic collagen production. It is an incredible collagen stimulator which allows your own facial tissues to volumize gradually (approximately 2 to 3 months) with your own collagen. This is completely different from dermal fillers which put volume in the face immediately and slowly diminishes over months. Sunken cheek hollows and temples are the most common areas of treatment, but those who have received treatments in the chin and jawline have also shown remarkable results.
2. Anti-aging Lasers
You have probably heard of laser skin tightening treatments, but which ones are the best? If your problems are a mixture of fine lines and pigments, try a thulium laser such as the Fraxel Dual, a microlaser peel of dual wavelengths which texturizes the skin to a youthful radiance and erases fine lines and pesky pigmentation at the same time. If the problems are a little more severe and in need of skin firming and erasing deeper wrinkles around the eyes, forehead, mouth, neck and even the décolleté, try the SmartX Lite, an elegant carbon dioxide laser which goes deeper beneath the surface of the skin to fill in these signs of aging with new collagen.
3. Polydeoxyribonucleotide (PDRN) Rejuran Healer
The latest anti-aging treatment from Korea, Rejuran Healer contains DNA extracts harvested from salmon, which are fragmented into polynucleotides. Injected directly into the skin over a course of 3 to 4 sessions, Rejuran has been shown to have multiple benefits on the skin, including improvements seen in skin elasticity, hydration, skin repair, skin thickness, texture and tone.
4. Broadband Light (BBL)
Using a combination of 3 different wavelengths that sends light energy deep into the skin, the Sciton BBL Forever Young protocol has been shown to change the genetics of your DNA, reverting the genes that affect our aging process. If you are daunted by redness after resurfacing laser treatments, you will be pleased to learn that the Forever Young BBL treatment has no downtime!
5. Hyaluronic Acid Skinboosters
Part of the process of skin aging is dehydration due to a reduction of natural hyaluronic acid in our skin. Hyaluronic acid skin boosters are superficial, all-over microinjections into the skin. Once injected, the hydrophilic (water-loving) molecules absorbs water, plumping up the skin, resulting in a luminous, skin brightening and skin-smoothening effect. Once within the skin, the hyaluronic acid fillers also stimulate collagen, resulting in long term anti-aging benefits.
Note that this is not a filler for volumizing purposes, it only plumps the skin up, improving texture and minimizing pores. Skinboosters can be administered to the face, including the perioral and undereye areas, as well as the neck, the décolleté and even the back of the hands. Find out about Revitalift Skinboosters here.