When you look in the mirror, do you see a tired looking face? This is not uncommon. Acing, stress, pollution and sun damage are constantly battering our skin. The supporting fat and collagen decreases, leading to sagging skin, fine lines and wrinkles. There are actions we can take in our daily life to look after our skin – eating a healthy balanced diet, regular exercise, good sleep and regular use of sunscreen are some. But this may not be enough. Not to worry. There are so many options for facial rejuvenation available now.
- Laser rejuvenation - Laser treatments have been used for skin rejuvenation for many years. There are various different laser machines available now and the quality of their performance is constantly improving.
- Injectable botulinum toxin and dermal fillers - Botox is a purified protein that inactivates muscles and prevents it from contracting. It has been used in medical management of several conditions, for several years and is known to be safe. It’s use in facial rejuvenation has become very popular. When injected into the facial muscles, it temporarily paralyses the muscles and smoothes the wrinkles and fine lines. There are many dermal fillers available, and these are injected to add volume to the face, again smoothening the skin and adding support to the face skin and muscles.
- Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy - A simple, quick and effective therapy for restoring radiance to the face. A small amount of blood is withdrawn from the patient. It is centrifuged to separate the platelet rich plasma from the other blood cells, and this extract is injected into the facial skin using a very fine needle. Platelet rich plasma is rich is growth factors, and has great potential to repair and restore collagen.
- Autologous fat grafting - Is a very popular facial rejuvenation procedure. Fat is harvested ( removed via fine cannula) from one part of the body, purified and then injected into the facial area, using fine needles. This helps by adding volume and is a safe procedure with no risk of rejection. These days, the fat can be treated to extract fat stem cells, which has better rejuvenating and repairing potential. This is called Nano fat grafting.
- Thermage - Is also known as the ‘lunch time face lift’, and is a safe, non-invasive facial rejuvenation technique. A hand piece delivers radio frequency heat energy deep into the collagen containing layers of the skin. This energy stimulates the collagen to renew and repair itself, adding volume and improving the texture of the facial skin.
- Surgical face lift - This is useful when the degree of facial sagging and wrinkles is of such degree, which is unlikely to be corrected by the above techniques. It is done under a general anaesthetic and so you may need to take some time off work. The bruising and swelling may take a a few days to settle. Fat grafting is often combined with surgical face lift procedure to improve results. The results of face lift continue to improve over several months.
See your cosmetic surgeon, who will be able to guide you as to which procedure is best suited to you.
Remember, your face is a complex and delicate structure. Only a suitably qualified and trained doctor should be trusted with it.