Overview of ageing

Ageing begins from the moment you’re born.

Getting older is a natural part of life and is something we all have to go through. As part of the ageing process you’ll find your body goes through a lot of change, from the way you look and feel to how your body function.

The onset of certain signs of ageing can be a big concern for a lot of people. Many of the most common frustrations related to ageing involves issue with the skin. The skin is a very important organ that protects the body, and it can define who you are, how you feel and how you present yourself to the world.

Most common signs of ageing

Spots and hyperpigmentation – You may notice spots and pigmentation develop on your skin as you age. This can be caused by many factors including sun damage, skin injuries and acne.

Sagging skin –  skin can begin to lose elasticity and shape as you get older. This can be caused by sudden and significant change in body weight over a substantial period of time.

Skin losing its youthful glow – Extreme hot or cold temperatures can damage the skin and leave it looking, and feeling, dry and flaky.

Lines and Wrinkles – life style factors like smoking and alcohol, and exposure to the sun can contribute to early development of lines and wrinkles. Lines that appear on the face tend to develop because of facial expressions, which become more prominent as you age.

Dry skin – It can be uncomfortable and not very attractive to look at.

Patchy skin – As you get older the look of your skin can change. The decrease in collagen production in the body can affect the skin, making it thinner, almost transparent and patchy.

Can the signs of ageing be prevented?

Ageing is something everyone goes through. The better you take care of yourself the longer you are likely to prolong the signs of ageing, unless you’re genetically susceptible to develop certain symptoms. Having said that, with advances in medical technology, it is becoming more and more popular and acceptable for many people to undergo anti-ageing treatments, or surgery, to rejuvenate their appearance and, in some ways, turn the clock back.

Why have anti-ageing treatment?

There are many treatments available that can help maintain and rejuvenate your features.

Some of the main benefits of anti-ageing treatments include:

  • Improve confidence and self-esteem
  • Gain a more youthful appearance
  • Appear less tired
  • Improve the balance of your features

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Popular anti-ageing treatments

Surgical treatments:

Arm and thigh liftThis is a cosmetic surgery procedure that involves removing excess skin and tissue from under the arms and thighs. The resulting procedure leaves the skin in the treated area feeling firmer and appearing much tighter than before.

It’s normal for skin to stretch and loosen as your body weight changes and you get older. With an arm and thigh lift you can achieve a better proportioned figure and a more youthful appearance.

Liposuctions – A cosmetic surgery procedure designed to remove excess fat from parts of the body that usually retain a lot of fat tissue despite dieting and exercising. As you get older, metabolism slows down and it becomes harder to burn enough energy to reduce body fat.

Some of the most common areas of the body where liposuction is carried out includes the Stomach/Abdomen, Thighs, Hips, Chin, Arms and knees

The aim of the procedure is to reshape the body, with long lasting results, on condition that weight is maintained through a healthy diet and exercise.

Tummy tuck – Abdominoplasty, commonly referred to as a tummy tuck is a cosmetic procedure designed to shape the abdominal area. The procedure involves the removal of excess fat and skin, and the tightening of the muscles to leave a more aesthetically pleasing and well-defined tummy.

Ageing and excessive weight changes can permanently affect the elasticity of skin. This means that skin can’t go back to its natural shape without the assistance of surgery.

Brow lift – Brow lift surgery is carried out to reduce the signs of ageing. Over time the brow can drop, making the face look tired and older. By lifting the area above the eye, it is possible to give the impression of a more youthful face.

A brow lift works by tightening the skin and muscle around the forehead to enhance the appearance of the area around the upper eye lids, forehead and eye brows.

Eye bag removal – Also known as blepharoplasty, is a cosmetic surgery procedure designed to remove eye bags. The procedure usually takes one to three hours to complete and can be done using general or local anaesthetic.

The length of time the surgery takes depends on the type of surgery you’re having. Above the eye, below the eye or both together.

  • Upper Blepharoplasty surgery
  • Lower Blepharoplasty surgery

Face lift –  also known as rhytidectomy, is surgical procedure designed to reverse the early signs of ageing by removing loose skin that has lost its elasticity, specifically focusing around the eyes, mouth and jaw.

It’s ideal for treating loose skin around the eyes, sagging skin around the face and neck and deep lines and wrinkles.

Neck lift – Is a popular cosmetic procedure carried out to remove wrinkles and tighten the skin and muscle around the neck, resulting in a more youthful appearance.

Apart from being a procedure to rejuvenating ageing features, neck lift surgery is available for people who have lost a significant amount of weight and want to remove loose skin.

Hair transplant – For a lot of men, going bald or experiencing some form of hair loss is a major concern. It can often have psychological impact that results in the loss of confidence and self-esteem.

The procedure involves extracting hair follicles from areas of the head that have hair and implanting them back to areas that are either thinning or have no hair.

Non-surgical or minimally invasive treatments

CoolSculpting –  A non-surgical fat-freezing, fat reduction procedure that uses controlled cooling to reduce difficult to remove fatty build up that resists traditional efforts of diet and exercise.

If fat reduction is something you’re considering, but you’re not comfortable with surgical solutions like liposuction, CoolSculpting may be a good option.

Dermal fillers – The ageing process will change your skin and facial features. You will notice deeper lines and wrinkles developing or your cheeks beginning to sink. Dermal fillers are chemical injections used to smooth out wrinkles and creases in the skin. They can also be used to add definition to facial features like lips and cheeks, to make them more prominent.

Facial peels – Is a chemical peel designed to remove dead skin cells from the surface of the face. Generally, facial peels are better suited for fair-skinned patients. If you have darker sink, you may also achieve good results but there is more risk of uneven skin tone.

Lip filler – Is a popular procedure available to people of all ages, used to enhance the appearance of the lip and can help to add volume. It is amongst the most common non-surgical cosmetic treatments carried out in the UK today.

Microdermabrasion –  A safe, controlled, non-surgical cosmetic treatment that exfoliates the surface of the face. The procedure uses fine crystals and a vacuum to remove dead skin cells to rejuvenate the skin. Microdermabrasion is used to reduce the appearance of fine lines and blemishes that develop on the skin as you age.

Thread lift –  A minimally invasive procedure carried out to fight signs of ageing. It is designed to address sagging that usually develops around the cheeks and jaw. The procedure uses absorbable thread cones to lift and support the skin around the lower face, resulting in a fresher, more youthful appearance.

Skin rejuvenation – A laser treatment developed to remove layers of skin very precisely to allow new skin cells to grow back in its place. The new skin cells that form after the surface of the skin heals appear much tighter and more youthful than before.

Thread vein removalThread veins are very fine blood vessels that are located under the skin which become visible over time. They are caused by damaged veins and thinning of skin, due to the breakdown of collagen.

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Medical Tourism

Travelling abroad for medical treatments can bring with it many advantages. Some of the biggest worries many people have when seeking treatment is the time it takes to have the treatment and how much it will cost. The flexibly of travelling to access good quality treatment means treatments can often be carried out when it suits the patient, and the patient can save money. Having said that, cost should be a part of the consideration, but not the only consideration when choosing a care provider.

As a medical travel facilitator we currently work with highly experienced care providers in Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Turkey.

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