Best anti-aging breakthroughs of 2013
Gone are the days when anti-aging options are limited to expensive face lifts and plastic surgery, as new technologies emerge each year, more Australians are favouring less invasive and more accessible anti-wrinkle treatments. Plastic is no longer fantastic, and stiff, stretched faces from anti-wrinkle treatment injections are now passé. The trend seems to be moving towards natural soft, plump skin, and anti-aging treatments promising the same results have been mushrooming. How do you know which ones are safe, effective and best suited to your skin type? See below our suggestions for the best anti-aging treatments of 2013:
- Fractional Laser – When you hear “laser” for the face, skin pigmentation and scar removal come to mind. You’ve heard Jennifer Aniston and Kim Kardashian rave about Fraxel Laser, but did you know that it’s more of an anti-wrinkle treatment? The laser heats up the deep layers of the skin to stimulate the production of collagen, the muscle fibre that keeps the skin elastic, plump, and naturally young-looking. Because it’s non-invasive, its only downside is the sun-burned feel after the procedure, which takes just two to three days to heal. After a series of treatments, expect a dramatic reduction of wrinkles, fine lines, sagging, and even age spots as a result of our body’s natural processes.
- Alexandrite Laser – Especially designed for people with light skin, Alexandrite laser uses a shorter wavelength of light so there is less risk of skin burn. Like other laser hair removal treatments, Alexandrite laser targets hair follicles to prevent hair growth permanently, only more safely and precisely. While dark pigmentations like age spots, burns, and tattoos usually take multiple sessions to remove, Alexandrite laser treatment gives dramatic results in just one session.
- Dermal fillers – Unlike face lift that pulls the skin tightly or anti-wrinkle treatment that relaxes facial muscles, dermal fillers volumise the skin by either increasing collagen production or inhibiting collagen breakdown. What’s more, some dermal fillers are made of naturally-occurring substances in the body and do not require allergy tests. The procedure lasts 30 minutes, after which you can resume your normal activities immediately. Side effects include redness and swelling in the area but are very rare according to studies. The effects last from six months to a year, and sometimes even permanent.
- Light Emitting Diode (LED) – Also known as LED therapy, blue light, and red light therapy, LED treatment works the same way as fractional laser does in stimulating collagen-production. But unlike fractional laser, LED is painless, relaxing, and indeed, therapeutic. LED also cures wrinkles, fine lines, sun damage, acne scars, and redness brought about by more aggressive IPL laser treatments. The results are not as dramatic as that of plastic surgery, but it’s a gentler, safer, and cheaper alternative if you’re afraid of laser burns.
Whatever treatment you choose, make sure laser treatment practitioners have passed Australian standards and are up to date with the latest rules and regulations on laser treatment, like our team of experts at Eden Laser Clinics Sydney. Call or visit us today for a free consultation.