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How to get a facelift without going under the knife
When celebrities emerge looking ‘refreshed’ after a period out of the limelight, it’s tempting to think they have gone under the knife. But increasingly those in the know are turning to non-surgical procedures to turn back the clock.
So before you book that consultation with the cosmetic surgeon, it’s worth considering some of the following non-invasive procedures.
Anti-wrinkle injections have been a popular treatment for many years now. It remains one of the most successful ways of getting rid of lines and wrinkles. However, there are a number of newer procedures that can deal with some of the other signs of ageing, many of them tapping into the body’s natural mechanisms for repairing and rejuvenating itself.
Nanocurrent and Microcurrent technology
In recent years, skincare specialists have begun to discover the rejuvenating effects of electricity on the skin. However, if the thought of subjecting your face to an electrical current feels like a nightmare scenario, rest assured, the currents involved are so minute as to be barely imperceptible. Machines like the A-LIFT work by administering currents to the skin via small probes. These currents increase the production of Adenosine Triphosphate or ATP – a chemical that aids metabolism within cells. This encourages the body to produce more collagen and elastin – the two proteins that are responsible for giving skin its shape and firmness. After a course of treatment, skin looks visibly firmer and more youthful.
LED therapy works in a similar way to electro-stimulation technology. By applying light at specific wavelengths to the face, it energises the skin cells. This helps the skin to repair and rejuvenate itself in a number of critical ways including increasing blood flow, lymph drainage and the production of ATP. The treatment is a great all-rounder; it combats the signs of ageing, leaving skin plumper and smoother, but it is also very successful at treating conditions like acne and rosacea.
Meta therapy has been called the ‘Facelift Alternative’. It works by creating tiny perforations in the surface of the skin that stimulate the production of collagen and elastin. A hydrating mask is then applied, and with the skin’s surface broken, its active ingredients can work more efficiently as they are able to penetrate deeper into the skin.
Dermal fillers first became popular around a decade ago. However, in recent years, newer and more effective treatments have emerged. Substances like Hyaluronic Acid are injected under the skin to plump it up, resulting in a more youthful appearance.
Unlike surgery, all of these procedures have minimal recovery times – in some cases, you can head straight from the clinic to the cocktail party!
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