Skin aging is ultimately inevitable, but it doesn’t mean that we cannot do anything to delay it. Dermatologists have consistently been giving helpful advice on how to keep your skin rejuvenated. If natural remedies against skin aging do not work, there are also cosmetic procedures that can help keep your skin looking young.
Should you want to try any cosmetic procedure, you’d be surprised to note that you’re not alone. According to a survey done by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Inc., bookings for surgical and non-surgical procedures have increased by 40% as of last year. It should be well and good, then, that cosmetic dermatology is ever evolving, especially given the increasing demand for it. Here are a few developments in cosmetic dermatology that made waves in recent years.
Feel Brand-New With New Fillers
Fillers have been used to address wrinkles and age lines since for decades. However, this doesn’t mean that fillers have remained stagnant. As a matter of fact, fillers have been evolving rapidly as well. The earliest forms of fillers were bovine collagen, but these did not last long since they can have adverse allergic effects. Thanks to recent developments in cosmetic surgery, safer and more effective products and procedures are now used when it comes to plastic surgery and other aesthetic treatments. For example, dermatologists today mostly use safer fillers that are made up of hyaluronic acid, such as Juvéderm Revanesse Versa, which happens to last longer and with almost non-existent allergic effects.
A much more recent filler, particularly new to the US market though it has been available in Europe since 2017, is the Juvéderm Volite. This is a less viscous version of hyaluronic fillers, and it is also an injectable moisturizer, so it can increase your skin’s baseline levels of hydration for up to nine months. What makes this treatment good is that it not only lasts long, but it has visible results with only one treatment.
The traditional SMAS facelift has been the go-to when it comes to tightening the skin. The cosmetic procedure involves making incisions at the temples above the hairline. It has long been agreed that SMAS facelift is effective in improving skin smoothness and jaw contour; however, while SMAS facelift is minimally invasive, scarring is still an issue.
With Ellacor micro-coring, however, scarring should not be a problem. This new non-invasive treatment uses hollow needles to remove 6,000 to 12,000 “microcores” or 8% of the skin’s volume in a single treatment. This results in noticeably smoother and tighter skin. Studies by the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery revealed that within six months of up to three Ellacor treatments, a 90% improvement in moderate or severe wrinkles can be seen.
RAP to Get Rid of Cellulite
Cellulite is an age-old and common skin concern that is seen in 90% to 95% of women post-puberty. While having cellulite is considered “normal,” they can sometimes bother people, often being the cause of insecurity. Typical cellulite removal treatments have been deemed to be effective, even though they can be invasive. Resonic aims to change that.
A novel non-invasive treatment, Resonic uses what is called “Rapid Acoustic Pulse” or RAP to deliver high-energy sound waves to go through skin. This physically disrupts the fibrous bands, which in turn releases the skin, leaving it looking smooth. Unlike traditional treatments for cellulites, Resonic disrupts fibrous bands without damaging the skin structures around them. Aside from this, Resonic is also not painful, so it can be done even if you have low pain tolerance.
Our skin ages with us, but there is nothing wrong with wanting to look younger. After all, we do feel more confident if we love the skin we’re in.