Due to rapid modernization throughout the globe, more working people are being exposed to pollution and ultraviolet rays of the sun from commuting to and back from work. In addition to work and other related stress, the incidence of skin problems has seen a major increment. Ranging from a serious one like eczema, psoriasis and skin cancer to minor ones such as pigmentation, acne, and wrinkles, skin issues play an important cause affecting one’s confidence and self-esteem.
A common problem affecting most people as they are aging is wrinkles on the skin. This condition happens due to the imbalance skin thickening under the epidermis (outermost layer of the skin) which has a decreased amount of water it held. Wrinkles itself has several types according to place and how significant the lines are.
There are many ways of wrinkle removal methods in aesthetic clinics. These are:
- Botox/ Dermafiller
- Fractional CO2 Laser therapy
- Chemical Skin Peeling
- Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment
Botox stands for botulinum toxin which is derived from a bacteria called Clostridium botulinum. The toxin is purified before it can be distributed and it is safe to use into the skin for cosmetic purposes. Dermafiller on the other hand also is an injectable method but using a different solution namely hyaluronic acid and collagen. Both methods provide significant improvement in eliminating skin wrinkles.
- Fractional CO2 Laser Therapy
This is an ablative form of laser therapy that works on the principle of removing the old skin and let the body healing by promoting collagen and elastin production that give that new and elastic feel on the skin.
Mesotherapy is a method of administering cocktails of vitamins, amino acids, and nutrients that promote collagen and elastin growth in the skin. This treatment uses fine needles to inject the solutions into the first and second layers of the skin. It has a good outcome when compared to lotions or cream applied to the skin as Mesotherapy acts directly into the skin.
Dermaroller uses plenty of sterile micro-needles attached to a roller which is then applied to the skin. The result is intentional micro-damage to the skin that will heal by itself.
- Chemical Skin Peeling
As the name suggests, chemical skin peeling uses acids such as Alphahydoxy Acid (AHA) or TCA to remove the old layer of the skin so that it can be replaced with a fresh and more elastic new layer of skin.
Sculptra is a relatively new method of eliminating skin wrinkles especially the deeper one. It involves the injection of a substance known as Poly-L-Lactic Acid (PLLA) into the deep dermis level to stimulate collagen production and increase the skin volume. The treatment is said to last even to two years.
- Platelet Rich Plasma
This revolutionized treatment exploits the function of platelet in repairing the body tissue by using a patient’s own blood-derived platelet. The platelet-rich plasma is then injected into the skin to help with repairing the volume loss in wrinkled skin.
Microdermabrasion is a non-injectable and non-ablative method where the skin will be sprayed with microcrystal. The spray help removing the old skin and promotes a new one to grow.
Wrinkle removal techniques have their pros and con’s and depending on the costs, downtime period and patients preferences, the aesthetic doctors will guide and suggest an individualized and the best treatment for them.