There's no need to go under the knife to look young. Photo credit: Shutterstock.
Facelifts have become quite popular in India – especially the non-surgical kinds. When you are young, the skin is smooth but with age it starts deteriorating. There are several agents and resurfacing techniques used to help achieve a good facelift that can make you look younger for longer.
Superficial Chemical Peels
Peels are skin treatments which help in skin resurfacing, regeneration and rejuvenation. Peels can be made of natural resources such as sugarcane, fermented milk and more. Glycolic, lactic peel and arginine peels are a few derived from the same. The AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) in these peels help shed dead cells and bring back youthful skin. There are other benefits that include stimulating collagen formation, boosting the cell turnover, slowing down pigmentation, deep cleansing, and rebuilding scarred tissues.
If you’re 40-plus, you’ll need three to four sittings under professional supervision to make your skin tighter and brighter.
Getting a laser treatment has become popular in recent times and the usage of this technology is at its zenith. Concentrated beams of light are exposed on the pigment that needs to be treated. People with photo-damaged skin and scars should opt for this treatment. The thermal effect of CO2 (carbon dioxide) laser acts on deeper dermal layers and stimulates collagen production and tightens facial skin. The skin needs five days to a fortnight to recover after the procedure. This treatment works best for those between 40 to 50 years. Avoid overexposure to the sun before and after the procedure.
Also known as IPL (Intense Pulse Light), this treatment targets melanin, haemoglobin and water in the body. It boosts collagen, reduces the appearance of brown spots, hyper-pigmentation, broken capillaries, acne scars, age spots and wrinkles. Just 3-6 treatments after every one month can help improve the skin. It is more effective for age groups 35 to 45, and can be taken by men and women both. Men should shave four to five hours before the treatment.
This procedure is used for facial lifts and non-facial (chin and neck) skin tightening. The latest radiofrequency technology called ‘Thermage’ utilizes radiofrequency energy to heat the inner layers of the skin. It helps rejuvenation of skin’s collagen structure, resulting in tightening and remodelling of the dermis. It is a painless treatment, needs minimum three sittings in a month and is recommended for men and women aged above 30.
Dr Shehla Agarwal is the director and consultant dermatologist of Mehak - The Derma and Surgery Clinic, New Delhi. She has over 15 years of experience in dealing with unruly skin and hair.