As we grow older, the first subtle signs of aging always appear at the surface of the skin in the form of wrinkles, furrows and spotted skin. Hence, many patients are visiting health care professionals looking for help from anti-aging treatments.
There are numerous forms of anti-aging treatments. Since these involve the health and appearance of the skin, patients typically first visit a dermatologist or other health care professional looking for advice about which anti-aging treatment would suit them best.
Botox® is used to remove wrinkles by paralyzing the muscles for a temporary period. It is a manufactured neurotoxin called botulinum toxin which is derived from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Botulinum toxin is widely and successfully used in the aesthetic industry. Botox® can be injected into specific problem areas in very small concentrations. These concentrated injections prevent the nerve cells from sending signals to the muscles which in turn relaxes them for a period of time. Botox® is injected directly into the muscle and each treatment is administered after a period of at least 3 months. More than one area can be treated at a time, depending on the patient.
2. Chemical Peels
Chemical peels are chemicals that irritate the skin and cause the death of cells. They do so in a controlled manner, but only affect the surface layer. By applying a chemical peel and destroying this superficial layer of skin, healthy skin cells have an opportunity to grow and fill the damaged areas. Chemical peels are used to treat acne, facial blemishes, wrinkles, and sun-damaged skin, and their application is ideally performed by a trained health care professional. Other conditions that can be treated include skin pigmentation and liver spots. Each patient will have a different formula, depending on the condition of their skin. Chemical peels are effective treatments for skin defects. Given the current social culture of clean and clear skin, it is now a popular treatment. Incorporating this into your practice will do doubt appeal to many of your patients.
Patients looking for soft baby skin are recommended to have the dermaplaning procedure. During the treatment, a skin expert removes the facial hair and accumulated dead skin by using a sterile surgical scalpel. Patients detect the noticeable difference before and after the treatment; the dead skin cells which made the skin appear duller are gone now. It is effective for all skin types. However, skin experts warn that this method of skin rejuvenation should be done by licensed practitioners as it involves the use of a scalpel.
4. Laser Treatment
Laser treatments are used for the removal of scars, wrinkles and acne spots. Health care professionals will direct short, pulsating beams of light at irregular skin; removing damaged skin layer by layer. The side effects of using laser rejuvenation are that there will be some swelling. Health care professionals will provide ointment to the patient, which the patient needs to apply four to five times a day.
As mentioned, anti-aging treatments have now become a trend. Why? Because aging is inevitable. Even with skin glowing creams, a person still can’t stop the signs of aging. These anti-aging treatments only improve the outer skin appearance, but cannot bring that level of energy and freshness which they had in youthful days. With such a high demand for fitness and beauty, patients are now turning towards two recent therapies known as Stem Cell Therapy and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP).
Stem Cell Therapy
As a person ages, the number of stem cells their body has decreased. The stem cell is significant in a way that rejuvenates the cell from the inside out. These cells are responsible for making the person retain youthful looks as well as restoring high levels of energy. Since aging reduces the impact of the stem cells, the doctors will extract this stem cell from the person’s body; they will activate them and restore them back to the person’s body. Once the person has an activated set of stem cells, not only will their body have the ability to repair its inner organs but also rejuvenate surface skin as well. Hence one way or another, the person will have younger skin and will improve their appearance dramatically.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
Platelet Rich Plasma was previously used for sport-related injuries, now the PRP treatment is also used as an anti-aging treatment (often referred to as the “Vampire Facelift”). Scientists have discovered numerous benefits of using PRP such as the ability to speed up normal cell renewal and the healing process by stimulating collagen, which is crucial for keeping skin elasticity. The main ingredient of PRP is blood that is extracted from the patient’s own body. After the blood extraction, the health care professional will separate the components of the blood with the help of a centrifuge. After this process, the blood level will now contain high levels of platelets; these cells will help the tissue to regrow new cells. The health care professional then injects the renewed blood into the skin where rejuvenation is needed. This plasma will work in such a way that those tissues will regenerate, and the patient will have tighter and smoother skin.
If a person wants to maintain their youthful looks, then these anti-aging treatments are there to fulfill those desires.
Aging is a natural process that many of us dread. But these days, new anti-aging techniques and products have been devised that can slow down the process of aging and help provide the look of younger-looking skin.
Every year, there are a number of conferences and training programs held all over the world where newer anti-aging methods are being discussed and devised, with evidence to their use being demonstrated through didactic presentations, hands-on training, and live demonstrations.
What these conferences usually cover
Anti-aging conferences are aimed at updating professionals of the latest in anti-aging treatments available, in addition to reiterating essential facts of different techniques adopted. The audience ranges from experts to physicians new to these modalities and is delivered in a professional yet simple tone.
For example, some of the treatments that may be discussed include:
1. Fractional ablative lasers in skin rejuvenation – Skin rejuvenation is one of the most commonly performed procedures by an anti-aging clinic, and it is essential to keep up to date with this.
2. Reviewing different dermal fillers and how treatments have changed to safer, effective ones.
3. Hormone therapy as anti-aging treatments and for weight loss.
4. Nutrition and its relationship to skin health – This usually relates to vitamins and different foods that can have an impact on skin health and slow down the aging process. Anti-oxidants seem to be the current interest in anti-aging, so there will usually be some form of discussions on that.
5. Common treatment mistakes and how to avoid them – This will be usually presented as a series of case studies.
In addition, conferences will also cover new research that is being conducted in the field of medical aesthetics, including presentation of results and abstracts of papers that are due to be published. It is a good way to network with other experts in the field and to update one’s knowledge to ensure the best and latest evidence-based treatments are being offered.
Anti-aging conferences and training or symposiums are specifically designed to ensure that the latest treatments in all aspects of anti-aging medicine are discussed by experts and applied by delegates in their practice. Conferences are held all over the world every year and may be aimed at everyone within the field of anti-aging medicine, but the best seminars are targeted to physicians and other medically designated professionals.
For more information, visit the the IAPAM’s Aesthetic Medicine Symposium with Botox Training website!