Ever since ancient times, there have been legends about the fountain of youth, a spring whose water restores the youth of anyone who drinks or bathes in it. There have even been numerous expeditions that searched for it. Where adventurers have failed, modern science is making large strides, with a plethora of medical procedures that aim to make you look younger. They won’t make you live forever, but it’s a start. For those who cringe at just the thought of going under knife in their pursuit of eternal youth, there are several non-surgical ways to fight the wrinkle war. Below are 5 of the most popular procedures that can make you look as young as you feel.
CO2 laser treatments
This treatment has been hailed by many in the industry as the anti-ageing breakthrough of the decade, and a pretender to eclipse botox in both effectiveness and popularity. CO2 laser treatments combine new application techniques with already tried and tested traditional carbon dioxide lasers. In a nutshell, the laser bores tiny holes in the skin, and stimulates your body to produce more collagen, the protein essential for healthy connective tissue. Furthermore, this technique does not damage the epidermis (top layer of skin), so recovery time is minimal. The only downside is the substantial price tag.
Sclerotherapy for varicose veins
Bulging and unsightly surface veins are common in legs and ankles, particularly prevalent in older people and pregnant women. Luckily, there is an effective method to combat spider and varicose veins. Sclerotherapy is a process during which a solution of sclerosant is injected into the affected veins. This causes veins to close and eventually fade away. The method has been yielding astounding results. A case study of a 43 year old mother of three was carried out by The Vein Institute of Australia, and the results were amazing. The veins were almost undetectable after only 2 sessions.
Retinoids are ubiquitous in our everyday lives, although we’re most likely unaware of them. A retinoid is quite simply any vitamin A derivative. Retinoids have a wide variety of uses and applications, including, but not limited to: unclogging pores, smoothing out skin and reducing wrinkles. Although there are hundreds of retinoids known to science, only a small handful are approved for medical and cosmetic use. Many are available for purchase over the counter, but it is recommended you consult your dermatologist, as they can suggest the most effective one for your skin type.
This is a relatively painful option, but it’s widely considered to be an effective and cheaper alternative to surgical procedures. The basic procedure consists of applying acid such as glycolic, lactic or trichloroacetic acid to small areas of the skin. Removing the acid also removes the epidermis and dead skin cells, giving your skin a chance to breathe and regenerate. Acid invariably stings, so some level of discomfort is to be expected when undergoing a chemical peel. A large scale peel may require weeks to heal, and you will more than likely have a sunburnt look during this time.
Approved for cosmetic use in 2009, sculptra is the most recent member of the world of non-surgical beautification and rejuvenation techniques. Since then, it has gained almost universal acclaim as a very safe and long lasting procedure. Sculptra is particularly adept at correcting deep wrinkles such as smile lines and crow’s feet, and is for all intents and purposes a wrinkle volumizer. Poly-L-acid is the secret ingredient in Sculptra. It is a synthetic material that is naturally synthesized in the body during exercise and other physical exertion. The treatment usually takes three sessions, and the effects remain visible for upwards of two years.
There has never been a better time for those who seek to look forever young. However, a word of caution is necessary. Overindulging in any form of rejuvenation technique, be it surgical or not, will surely have adverse effects. You can always choose to be young at heart, and consider everything else to be an added bonus.