Best Known Anti-Aging Strategies
Do you want to know how celebrities look young despite in their 50s and 60s or even older than that? Do you feel curious knowing about what modern anti-aging treatments are used in medical practice? If yes, you have just landed at the right place.
Aging Is Normal
Skin aging is a normal process. Skin, like other organs of our body, gets old and weak. The difference is, we can’t see the aging of our internal organs through our eyes, that doesn't mean it is not occurring inside us.
However, due to great advancements in medical sciences, we can now revive youthful, radiant, and bouncy skin as ever before.
is the largest organ of the body
From Healthy to Aged Skin
Young and healthy skin maintains a barrier against harmful substances such as chemicals, pollution, radiations, and bacteria. When injury occurs, the skin produces new cells and replace the damaged ones. As the skin gets old, it's capacity to regenerate decreases, so damage cells remain for a long time with their imperfections such as wrinkles, fine lines, saggy and dull skin.
Skin Proteins and Aging
There are many theories about what happens deep inside the skin that lead towards aging.
Collagen keeps the skin layers stick like glue to each other and promotes skin tightening. Fibroblast produces collagen in the skin. Collagen also repairs the skin and heals wound after injury.
Hyaluronic acid helps in generating new skin cells after injury, wound healing, providing hydration, and cell proliferation.
Glycosaminoglycan(GAG) is a protein that hydrates the skin cells. It also maintains and supports the skin.
With time, collagen production decreases, its shape also becomes irregular. Sun exposed skin develops aging as glycosaminoglycans stops functioning. Similarly, hyaluronic acid decreases, which augments aging.
If you are aware of anti-aging creams, they contain ingredients such as collagen booster, hyaluronic acid and glucosamine, and vitamins. These proteins promote cell regeneration and youthful, smooth, and plumped skin. Skincare product companies are using them successfully to reverse skin aging.
Key Ingredients of Best Anti- Aging Products
Collagen, Hyaluronic acid, Glycosaminoglycans, Vitamins
Role of Vitamins Against Aging
Vitamins are micro-nutrients that our body needs in a small quantity for optimum body function.
Vitamins such as A, B, C, and E they work as antioxidants and protect against skin damage.Studies show dietary supplements can avoid aging. They remove free radicals that produce inflammation, scarring, damage, and aging to the skin.
Vitamin C and E increases collagen production and decrease the amount of MMP (It destroys collagen). Studies found that their efficiency boost to double in combination rather alone.
Vit E has anti-inflammatory properties. Also, It favors smoothness and hydration of the skin.
Studies showed that Vitamin B regenerates skin, improves skin elasticity, and pigmentation within three months of its use.
Vitamin A promotes collagen production and decreases MMP( It degrades collagen). It has a unique property of protecting against both intrinsic and extrinsic aging. The Majority of anti-aging creams are using small but effective concentrations of Vitamin A as it has shown positive results in treating wrinkles, loss of elasticity, and skin pigmentation.
It is most famous among people as compared with other types of invasive treatments. It is a toxin produced by bacteria. Unlike other treatments, botox never treat the root cause of aging. However, it fades the fine lines and wrinkles from the skin.
As it is a bacterial toxin, there is a contraindication for the patients with nervous and muscular system diseases, using antibiotics, allergic reactions, weakness, lactating and pregnant women.
Botox adverse effects are short, appear in the localized area, and temporary. Sometimes it does not provide desired results because of the antibodies against the botox particles, and that reduces its efficiency.
It is an advanced technology that dermatologists are using nowadays. In this procedure, the dermatologist uses chemicals to stimulate even and uplift the skin. In this procedure, defected and damaged layers are sloughs off by using chemicals so that new skin regenerates upwards.
The effect depends on the intensity of chemicals and the depth of the skin layer(treatment to the upper, middle, or deepest skin area).
Chemical peelers have side effects which depend on the skin depth involved in this treatment. Side effects are post-operative infection, hyperpigmentation, and solar lengthiness( dark patches on the skin).
How chemical peeler works is not established yet, but it successfully removes wrinkles and tightens skin.
Skin fillers and injections
The main goal of anti-aging therapies is to boost the production of collagen and fibroblast in the skin, to regenerate the new skin cells, to make the skin more elastic, and to make the skin hydrated.
Fillers are injections, which contain skin boosters(collagen, fibroblast, hyaluronic acid, and fats), that are injected in deep skin layers and tissues to amplify new cell regeneration. The efficiency of fillers can be permanent,semi-permanent, and temporary.
Platelets rich plasma
Nowadays, dermatologists are using the patient's plasma to treat aging. Platelets are present in our plasma(blood plasma contains red cells, white cells, and platelets). It stops blood and makes clots at the injury site.
Studies have found that the wound healing properties of platelets stimulate skin cell production as an anti-aging agent. It releases collagen and activates fibroblasts, that regenerate the skin. Also, platelets contain all of those factors which promote healthy skin.
Hormonal Replacement Therapy
Hormones play an integral part in the proper functioning of our bodies. In old age, thyroid, estrogen, testosterone, and growth hormones decrease, also playing their role in aging. Several studies have shown that hormonal therapy can improve well being and declines the aging signs.
Hormonal therapy with estrogen and progesterone in females have anti-aging properties, but they may raise the risk of heart and reproductive disease in them. Also, anti-aging effects are not promising.
It's natural to desire young, flawless, and picture-perfect skin. But the rule of nature is, everything has to experience aging at some stage of life. Nothing in the world can remain young forever, nor our skin. Thanks to medical science, which has made aging reversible.
Many anti-aging products and treatments, which are readily available, guarantee good results. When using any anti-aging treatment, keep in mind that every skin is different, the treatment that works on my skin might not work on your skin. Secondly, Anti-aging treatment takes time to show the result. As aging develops gradually, it goes slowly.
Advance treatment options are available from food supplements to invasive one, choose that one that suits you the most. Medical sciences researchers are working to treat aging with more accuracy and perfection by modulating genes in the coming future.
Have you used any of the above mentioned treatment for aging?
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
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