What are the best anti-ageing treatments?
As the field of cosmetic medicine continues to advance in leaps and bounds, tapping into the fabled ‘Fountain of Youth’ is no longer a pipedream.
With an extensive menu of anti-ageing treatment options which can slow or reverse the key signs of ageing, now you really do have the ability to age gracefully while still presenting the best version of yourself.
If you think you could benefit from anti-ageing cosmetic treatment but want to know what the options are, here’s an overview of some of our favourite anti-ageing treatments.
Cosmetic injectables have taken the world by storm in recent years and are now one of the most commonly performed cosmetic treatments across the globe. As a quick, simple and mostly painless treatment, they’re a great place to start if you’re new to the world of cosmetic treatment.
If you’re considering injectables, you have a choice between two core treatment options—dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections. While both are effective at treating the visible signs of ageing, they do work in different ways.
Dermal fillers are ideal if you need to plump or add volume to an area of the face which is sagging or appearing sunken or hollow. They have a wide range of applications, able to treat facial lines and wrinkles, drooping eyes, hollow cheeks or temples and acne scars. They are also commonly used as a form of lip enhancement or to boost skin hydration.
In contrast, anti-wrinkle injections don’t add fullness or change the shape of your facial features, but as the name suggests, work to treat lines and wrinkles by blocking the muscle signals in targeted areas of the face to help them relax and reduce movement, slowing (or even reversing) the ageing process.
Cosmetic injectables are not permanent and will gradually wear away over time, meaning you will need to follow a regular treatment plan to ensure you look your best at all times. Generally, you can expect dermal fillers to last between 6 and 9 months and anti-wrinkle injections around 3 to 6 months, however they can last longer after several treatments.
Laser Skin Rejuvenation
Whether you’ve just started noticing some fine lines starting to appear or you’re suffering from more prominent deep lines and wrinkles, there is a laser skin rejuvenation solution that can help to restore a fresher, more youthful appearance.
Where patients are most concerned about fine facial lines, we generally recommend treatment using Erbium Laser for its ability to produce softer and smoother skin while slowing or reversing skin ageing. It’s a minimally invasive treatment and works at a lower temperature than other similar treatments, meaning it won’t cause as much damage to surrounding tissue, promoting a faster recovery with only minimal downtime.
For those with deeper lines and wrinkles, more intensive treatments like Co2 Laser are a more suitable option. The Co2 Laser produces more residual thermal activity to trigger the increased production of collagen and treat the skin at a much deeper level compared to other laser treatments.
Find out more about laser skin rejuvenation to treat wrinkles at Me Clinic.
Factor 4 is one of the most advanced anti-ageing treatments on the market and is often used as a non-surgical alternative to a facelift. By harnessing the power of the blood’s natural anti-inflammatory, growth and repair factors, it can be very effective at treating wrinkles and creping skin while also improving the skin's texture.
Containing four times more growth factors than any other blood-rich injection product, Factor 4 (or autologous anti-ageing serum) works by harvesting some of the patient’s own blood and incubating it for between 6 and 9 hours to produce a plasma super serum. The serum is then separated from the blood in a centrifuge and stored at -18°C ready for use, usually applied over several treatments as an injectable or with skin needling or fractional laser.
Find out more about Factor 4 at Me Clinic.
If you’re looking for the ultimate anti-ageing treatment, it’s undoubtedly a facelift procedure. While a facelift (or Rhytidectomy) won’t be suitable for everyone, if you’re suffering from prominent skin issues such as deep lines and wrinkles, lax and sagging skin or advanced skin ageing, a facelift will likely achieve the best possible result.
A traditional facelift is generally the most effective way to treat more severe signs of facial ageing, however it typically involves a longer recovery period and carries the potential of some scarring around the ears and hairline.
For many patients, a suture thread lift (also known as APTOS, stitch lift, skin stitch, feather lift or Hollywood lift) is a more suitable alternative to a traditional facelift. By attaching fine threads to the underlying facial tissue and tightening them to reposition loose or droopy areas of the skin, a suture lift can achieve a similar effect without the need for any surgical incisions.
Find out more about facelift procedures at Me Clinic.