Overview: Wrinkles

A Wrinkle is a line, fold or crease that develops in the skin and is a normal part of the ageing process. As you get older your physical attributes begin to. The most significant change will occur on the skin as it will begin to noticeably look and feel different. One of the biggest contributors to the deterioration of the skin, which causes wrinkles and a slack texture, is the breakdown of certain proteins in the body like collagen and elastin.

These proteins are needed to stay firm, youthful and as wrinkle free as possible. Elastin is a very important protein that allows many tissues in the body to stretch and contract while maintaining their original shape.

Collagen is one of the most common proteins found in all the organs of the body. It provides integrity, firmness and elasticity to their structures and is able to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

Ageing is a normal part of life, we experience it from the moment we’re born. The older we get the more apparent some blemishes becomes, however with developments in both surgical and non-surgical treatments the typical signs of ageing no long have to be an accepted part of the ageing process.

What causes wrinkles?

Ageing –  A combination of environmental and genetic factors that contribute to physical changes.

Facial expressions – expression lines a very common and can develop early on in life, however as the body begins to produce less elastin and collagen the lines become deeper and more prominent.

Sun damage – Exposure to UV light can speed up the ageing process and is the main cause for early wrinkles.

Smoking – The chemical contain in cigarettes can damage collagen and elastin in the skin, resulting in sagging skin and wrinkles.

Dehydration – Poor hydration can cause damage to cells which can wrinkles and fine lines

Sleep – These typically occur when the face or body is compressed against a pillow or bed surface while sleeping. Sleep wrinkles can become deep and premiant over time unless changes are made to the sleeping position.

Can wrinkles be prevented?

Wrinkles due to aging or genetic disposition can’t be prevent as time will at some point catch up with you. Having said that there are certain lifestyle choices that can be made to delay or reduce the development of wrinkles.

These include: 

  • Stop smoking
  • Prevent over exposure to UV light
  • Reduce stress to minimise permanent expression lines
  • Stay hydrated

If wrinkles have already become a prominent feature, it may be too late to adopt new lifestyle changes, instead it’s very common to seek medical treatments to rejuvenate your skin and remove wrinkles.

Why have anti-winkle treatment?

There are many treatments available that can help rejuvenate your skin and remove lines and wrinkles. Each available treatment will work in their own way and provide certain benefits and a level of comfort.

Some of the main benefits of anti-wrinkle 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-wrinkle treatments

Surgical treatments:

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 gives 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 aging 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 rejuvenate ageing features, neck lift surgery is available for people who have lost a significant amount of weight and want to remove loose skin.

Non-surgical or minimally invasive treatments

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.

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 aging. 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.

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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.

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