You’ve looked after your skin well all your life — in fact, you think you look pretty good for your age. And then one morning, you look in the mirror and notice you have crow’s feet around your eyes and smile lines around your mouth, but you’re not even smiling! How did that happen? When did it happen? You look again and give the mirror a little smile and then relax your face. Nope, those lines aren’t going anywhere.
So, it’s clearly time to call in the big guns. But where do you start? You’re not quite ready to commit to cosmetic surgery (there’s plenty of time for that), but this is clearly a situation that needs more than face masks, serums and slatherings of night cream.
For many people, this is the time to start thinking about non-surgical anti-aging treatments: treatments that will give you maximum results with minimum or no downtime.
The treatments that will work best for you depend on your age and your skin’s specific needs. Often, a package of different types of treatments will work together to give you the best bang for your buck.
Here are our top 5 choices for non-surgical anti-aging treatments that can help you start turning back time today — and you can even start in your lunch hour:
Medical microdermabrasion is probably the most popular starting point for anyone who’s experiencing the first signs of sun damage and aging. The ‘lunch time peel’ as it’s often called, is designed to whisk away layers of dull, dehydrated, sun-damaged and generally lacklustre skin to create a radiant glow and leave your skin feeling unbelievably soft.
The treatment removes the top layer of dead skin cells and encourages the production of new cells and collagen networking in the deeper layers of skin. The result is skin that is smoother, brighter and firmer with a reduction in the visible signs of aging.
And because it’s a medical grade treatment, the microdermabrasion offered at Medical Cosmetic Centre is able to produce deeper, more lasting results than microdermabrasion from a beauty therapist. Read our FAQs about microdermabrasion and see if it’s right for you.
Anti-wrinkle treatments. If it’s crow’s feet and worry lines that are giving you the greatest grief, then anti-wrinkle treatments using muscle relaxant injections could be your answer. These types of facial lines are called dynamic lines, and are actually caused by the repeated contraction of tiny muscles that lie just under your skin. By injecting a special substance into these muscles, we can relax them and stop them from contracting, smoothing out the lines.
So stop frowning right now and read more about anti-wrinkle treatments, how they work and how long they last.
Dermal fillers work really well for different types of lines called static lines. These are the types of lines that develop because our skin’s natural substances (such as collagen and hyaluronic acid), which provide structure and volume, decrease over time. Static lines and signs of aging that respond well to dermal fillers include smile lines, lip lines, scars, sagging cheeks or thin lips.
The dermal fillers are smooth gels that are injected below your skin’s surface to fill-in or plump-up these areas, giving you an instantly rejuvenated appearance.
Before treatment, you will have a consultation with Dr Kerry. The treatment itself will then take about 15 to 30 minutes. Dermal fillers are often used together with anti-wrinkle treatments to address different types of lines and give you the best overall anti-aging results.
Read more about dermal fillers and see photos of results.
Pellevé skin tightening treatments might be a good option if you want smoother, tighter skin all over your face (somewhat like the results of a traditional face lift) but without surgery, anaesthetic, discomfort or downtime.
This new way of treating aging skin uses advanced radiofrequency (RF) technology to gently heat the deeper collagen layer of your skin, without damaging the top layer of skin.
The heat causes collagen in your skin to contract and tighten. Over time, the treatment also stimulates your skin to produce new collagen. The result is improved skin quality, firmness and tightness that you can see and feel.
Most people need three treatments, each given four to six weeks’ apart.
Read how Pellevé feels like having a warm facial massage and how you can easily fit treatments around your work and social schedule.
Laser skin rejuvenation uses targeted laser therapy to zoom in on specific skin problems like sun damage, broken capillaries, pigmentation and skin tags and can often result in dramatic improvement after just one treatment.
Medical Cosmetic Centre uses the Dual Yellow laser for skin rejuvenation treatments because it provides the most advanced laser technology available for precise and targeted treatments.
The Dual Yellow is known as a non-ablative laser treatment: it does not burn away any skin and does not affect the normal skin outside the targeted area being treated. This results in minimal side effects or discomfort, and a quick recovery time.
Read how treatment with the Dual Yellow Laser has revolutionised the way we approach skin rejuvenation.
Are you ready to take the next step?
If you’re ready to take the next step in your anti-aging regime, then it’s time to book an obligation-free consultation at Medical Cosmetic Centre.
During your consultation, we will work out if this treatment is suitable for you, provide you with a step-by-step description of the treatment and answer any of your questions. You will also have the opportunity to see untouched photographs that clearly show the results of treatment.
I look forward to welcoming you into our clinic and helping you look and feel the best you can.