Before the advent of the more effective methods for wrinkle treatment in use today, the only options were to either wear them proudly, like some badge of honour, or to conceal them beneath a layer of foundation make-up. Widely associated with the aging process and often accelerated by excessive exposure to harsh sunlight, even in ancient times, both men and women sought ways to reverse or at least to minimise the telltale signs on their face and neck that confirmed their growing maturity. To this end, they resorted to extremes such as bathing in milk and applying face packs of crocodile dung in their desperate but frustrated attempts to turn back the clock.
While these attempts at wrinkle treatment may appear to be a little extreme and even absurd, they probably posed a great deal less danger to health than a measure later adopted by women during the reign of Queen Victoria. Ladies of the era tackled not just the lines on their faces, but scars, acne, and pimples by the simple act of applying mercury to them. The apparent success was actually due to the highly corrosive action of this dangerously toxic element on the surface of their skin.
Even today, despite the availability of several highly effective technologies now used for wrinkle treatment, interest in the bizarre persists in the form of placenta facials, leeches, and even facials that contain the subject’s own blood. While still acknowledging the value of certain natural oils and serums, but the modern anti-aging techniques embraced by medical aesthetic specialists derive their proven success through the application of science, rather than folklore or fantasy.
Where chemical agents are employed for wrinkle treatment, they are injected and act either to promote a physiological change, to act as a filler material, or to do both. As such, Botox™ injections and the use of dermal fillers, such as collagen and hyaluronic acid, are regarded as minimally invasive procedures, while laser, infra-red, radio-frequency, and ultrasound devices are completely non-invasive.
Not surprisingly, these technologies differ in terms of what they are best at. In general, Botox™ works best with fine lines on the forehead and the so-called crow’s feet that occur near the eyes, while for the deeper laughter lines, the preferred approach to wrinkle treatment is likely to be injection with an appropriate dermal filler.
The use of extremely fine needles means that these procedures are essentially pain-free, produce minimal bruising, and need far less recovery time than cosmetic surgery. For a completely non-invasive alternative, deep infrared skin tightening is a great option. Another option is that of Carboxytherapy, which will stimulate your body’s production of collagen, in order to reduce fine lines. This procedure, as well as Jett Plasma Lift Medical treatment and other anti-aging therapies, is available from DermaCare.