Aging of the human face is a complex progression and is not restricted to just the skin. It is a three-dimensional process affecting skin, fat, muscle and bone. After so many research in the medical field and medicines, we are able to understand and predict in a simplified manner that how we age.
How does the skin age?
Skin health and the maintenance of skin health involves numerous strategic cells and processes. Up to the age of 10 years skin can be defined as being smooth, even in colour, firm, tight, well moisturized and tolerant and the process of skin cell repair and regeneration is regular. Our skin starts to produce sebum, becomes inflamed, and as a result we start to develop irregular textures and enlarged pores, acne, uneven skin colour, and a dull appearance.
By the age of 30, skin becomes inactive. The turnover of skin cells becomes extremely irregular. The skin barrier function becomes weak. A lack of cellular activity means critical structures within the skin become depleted, abnormal in structure and hence skin starts to develop lines and wrinkles. There are three main components of the skin that are the focus of the majority of anti-aging treatments. These are collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid. Treatments that are aimed at increasing their levels as well as optimizing the conditions for their production, repair, and regeneration produce the best anti-aging effects.
Delight Clinic Philosophy
At Delight Clinic, we have a thorough understanding of the processes involved in the aging of the face. We are keen to emphasize the 3-dimensional nature of the aging process and hence aging at multiple levels need to be addressed in order to achieve good results. We are passionate about offering our clients evidence-based treatments that have been shown to work.
Anti-Aging treatments available for skin at Delight Clinic
Anti-Aging peels can be used to improve skin texture following adequate skin preparation. Specific collagen induction therapies including micro needling result in increased collagen levels. Platelet rich plasma with micro needling can have a dramatic effect on increasing fibroblast activity and can return a glow to aged skin. This can last up to 18 months. Ultimately the effects of these treatments will be short lived if specific lifestyle changes are not made including reduced sun exposure and smoking cessation. Healthy skin function can be maintained irrespective of age as long as a good skincare program is used.
Treatments available are:
- Anti-Aging Peels
- RF Face lift (non-surgical)
- Thread Lift
- Botox (Botulinum Toxin)
- PRP (Platelets Rich Plasma)
- Fat Transfer
Collagen provides the skin with its tensile strength and is dependent upon a crisscross structure in the dermis (deep layer) of the skin. The amount of collagen reduces and it loses this arrangement as we age. As a result of this the skin become thinner and loses its strength. Excessive sun exposure, smoking and high caffeine consumption can worsen this process.
Elastin forms a unique relationship with collagen and provides the skin with its elastic properties. The amount of elastin reduces and its interaction with collagen is compromised with age. It tends to sag.
Hyaluronic acid is found in large quantities in healthy skin. It is responsible for carrying large numbers of water molecules and provide skin with hydration and gives it a plump and soft feel. With aging levels of hyaluronic acid reduce and skin can dry out and become sallow and dull.
Anti-Aging Treatment – Frequently Asked Questions
Aging is a natural process of your body and should be embraced in whatever form it begins to show. When a person ages, the skin starts to show certain changes in texture, colour, and firmness- commonly known as the ‘signs of aging’, these are as follows- • Fine Lines • Wrinkles • Dullness • Uneven skin tone • Age spots • Sagging skin • Dryness
Today stress plays a more constant role in many of our lives. Our bodies are constantly producing the hormones and this makes our skin age faster. The most prominent hormone in the stress response is cortisol. Cortisol can influence the breakdown of collagen, the most prominent part in deeper layers of the skin. Changes in collagen structure and amount can result in wrinkle formation, but an anti-ageing treatment will support collagen production and help prevent fine lines and wrinkles.
The best time to start addressing wrinkles is once you see them in the mirror. Usually, this is noticeable in your late 20s. But you can take preventive measures, like sunscreen use. It’s the most effective and affordable anti-aging product out there.
Along with many other skin health issues, prevention is the most effective thing you can do for facial wrinkles. Using aggressive sun protection and an effective anti-aging topical program consistently over the years will help your skin to look incredible as you age. Prevention of sun-related wrinkles and skin changes is the best thing you can do long-term for your skin health.
Regions of volume loss can be addressed using dermal fillers. Injections of hyaluronic acid into the deep fat compartment can go a long way to restoring a youthful appearance. The ultimate natural filler is, of course, your own fat and fat transfer provides the best long term solution to volume loss.
Where there is excessive volume in the superficial fat parcels and together with weakening of ligaments, there is a general sagging of the face. Gravity also plays a significant role over time. In this case a lifting effect is required. This can be achieved with appropriate placement of dermal fillers or fat, to emphasize cheek regions. Sagging jawline can be hidden with clever placement of hyaluronic acid dermal fillers. A direct lifting effect can be provided by the use of threads such as PDO or PCL threads that can be used to lift the jawline and cheek as well as tighten the neck.