Besides topical applications of anti aging creams/ products, various surgical or invasive procedures have been discovered to reverse ageing. These procedures are found to iron out forehead wrinkles, sagging jaws, eye bags and various other aging symptoms. Some of them are as follows :
- Collagen fillers
- Chemical peels
- Laser Treatment
A very popular treatment for anti ageing is Botox which is actually the short form for Botulinum Toxin. This is a favourite treatment among all celebrities and the elite class.
It is a neurotoxic protein synthesized by the bacterium Clostridinum Botulinum. It has been found to be very effective in smoothing and reducing facial wrinkles and fine lines. In 2002 Dr. Richard Clark, a plastic surgeon from California was the first one to bring to light the usage of Botox as anti ageing treatment. It is administered through injections. The area to be injected is first cleaned with Betadine. Then a local anaesthasia is applied on the area before the injections are given. Botox weakens the muscles and relaxes them, limiting their contractions. Botox injections restricts neural transmissions between muscle fibers and the nerve endings as a result of which muscles look relaxed. The effect of botox is temporary and lasts maximum for a period of 4 to 6 months.
Cost of Botox :
Botox treatment is definitely a costly affair which only the well-heeled can afford. Botox is administered in small doses/units. So the cost depends on the number of units to be given and the area to be injected. It may vary from USD 10 to USD 15 per unit of Botox. The number of units required depends on the area to be injected. Hence the the total expenditure per session could be between USD300 to USD 350. However, different professionals charge different fees and the cost to some extent depends on locational factors too.
Besides burning a hole in your pocket, there are some side effects to this treatment which one must be aware of before going for this treatment. They are inflammation, localized pain, swelling, tenderness, redness at the site of injections, nausea, drooping of eyelids and flu like symptoms!
Collagen fillers :
Another wrinkle smoothening treatment is Collagen Fillers. As we know, we have a protein network of collagen and elastin fibres below our skin in the dermis which gives our skin the necessary framework and structure. Over a period of time this network looses its suppleness and elasticity . So dermatologists these days inject bovine derived collagen called Zyderm and Zyplast in the areas of wrinkles which replenishes the skin’s natural collagen. The wrinkles, frown lines and crow’s feet are reduced to a great extent. By this the skin regains its contour, elasticity and the support network is restored. But again this procedure is not permanent and the process might have to be repeated periodically. Other than Zyderm and Zyplast various synthetic collagen are being discovered and used in many anti ageing products which if used gives our skin a supple and plump look.
Bovine derivatives may sometimes lead to some health concerns and hence, it is advisable to take the doctor’s advice before taking the plunge.
Chemical peels :
Chemical peels help in removing /peeling off the dead cells layer of the skin, giving it a rejuvenated look. The chemical agents in the peels help in generating new cells.
Laser Treatment :
Here a high-intensity light is passed on the affected area on the skin to remove wrinkles and scars. As a result, the wrinkles and scars diminish. But the negative part of this procedure is that sometimes these lights sometimes burn/scald the area where this is done.
Microdermabrasion is the mechanical exfoliation of the skin. In this process, a powerful device is used to spray very fine aluminum crystals on the skin. It blasts away the dead layers from the skin’s surface. The treatment costs between 100$ to 150$ and takes about 20-30 minutes. This treatment should be undertaken in conjunction with anti ageing skin care products. This procedure leaves the skin refreshed and young, removes the lines and wrinkles and allows nourishing skin care products to penetrate faster into the skin. As in all skin invasive procedures one should make a thorough inquiry about the expertise of the person who will perform this. Although the procedure is not painful, it causes redness in sensitive skins.
Thus we can see there are various options available to treat ageing skin but it is up to us to make a well informed choice. Personally, I would always recommend non invasive techniques, that are safer and easy on the pocket. In any case, ageing should be accepted gracefully as part of life. It is only with age, that we can enrich our lives with numerous experiences and become a lot wiser !