|Wrinkle Prevention: Is it too late?|
|Written by Amanda Beisel|
Avoid quick-fix temptation and opt for long-term results.
Wrinkles are an inevitable part of life, so do we really have any control over them? Fortunately, the answer is: yes! When the right steps are taken, you can dramatically slow and potentially reverse the signs and symptoms of aging. Topical interventions such as those listed in this article and a whole-food, plant-based diet plus nutritional supplements are necessary.
If you are looking to achieve visible, long-term results, you need to invest in treatments that work at the deeper level of your skin called the dermis, where all aging occurs. The popular quick-fix treatments may provide immediate results but, 90 percent of the time, they are short-term remedies because they work at a superficial level. Invest your money wisely and choose treatments that address the signs of aging and the health of your skin simultaneously.
Best Treatment: Skin Tyte
Skin Tyte uses an infrared beam to heat the collagen beneath the skin. As the collagen heats, the dermis coagulates, plumping the outer skin. Meanwhile, the heat stimulates the production of additional collagen to tighten the skin further. The result is firmer skin without invasive surgery. It is a very safe treatment because it heats the fibroblast cells (the cells that make collagen) under the skin’s surface without heating the skin itself. Skin tightening is a quick procedure with no downtime, and can be used on the face and neck area. The treatment causes the skin to improve over the course of about three to six months. A series of three to six treatments is required to achieve optimal results.
If you are noticing your skin beginning to lose its firmness and elasticity, this is the treatment for you. It is also recommended for women in their early to mid thirties who want to prevent the loss of elasticity and sagging as well as prevent the formation of lines and wrinkles. The average price of skin tightening is $175 to $375 depending on the area treated.
Best Treatments: Medical skin needling and Cosmetic Acupuncture
Medical skin needling is a non-invasive, non-injectable skin rejuvenation treatment. This treatment uses a roller containing 192 microscopic needles (1mm-2mm) that are rolled over the skin, creating hundreds of tiny dermal injuries. These little injuries trigger the body's healing response, resulting in an increased production of collagen and elastin. The treatment requires very little downtime; your skin can appear red for up to 24 hours following treatment. Even though the skin appears visibly healed the next day, the healing continues beneath the surface for months. The fibroblast cells, which are the cells that make collagen and elastin, migrate to the injured site and produce and deposit new extracellular matrix. The new matrix cross-links and organizes itself and, over time, new collagen will begin to fill in lines and indented scars. After a few months, this new collagen will start to shorten. This leads to the tightening of the skin. The needling does not damage the skin, but rather leads to thicker, healthier skin. It is a cost-effective and much safer option compared to laser treatments. The average cost of this treatment is $175 to $250 per session, depending on the area treated.
Cosmetic acupuncture involves the application of 40 to 75 acupuncture needles into the face, which will trigger the natural wound healing response, causing the skin to firm and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. It will also have a brightening effect on the skin due to increased blood circulation to the face. A series of five to 12 treatments is recommended. The average price for a cosmetic acupuncture session is $89 to $120.
3. Active Skincare Ingredients and Skin Rolling
Your daily skin care regimen has a significant effect on both the look and health of your skin. For best results, use the following ingredients and tools: