Today, a lot of progress has been made in the field of non-surgical aesthetic interventions. It is now possible to stop or even reverse the age-related changes in the human face by using many existing methods. As energy-based applications such as laser and radiofrequency, dermal fillers and neurotoxin use techniques advance, facial aging is almost a thing of the past. It is no longer a dream to ‘stop time’ to preserve one’s appearance for a decade or more. More importantly, there is no need for surgical methods for this.
In order to be a good candidate to stop time, it is necessary to pay attention to some issues.
In addition to general health problems, cigarette consumption suppresses the wound healing process and collagen production required by cosmetic interventions. Therefore, cigarette consumption poses a significant problem.
When we reach the age of forty, it is inevitable that we make a choice between our face and our body weight. When too much weight is lost, fat tissue loss occurs on our face. This condition is often completely or almost completely reversible. However, it is not always possible for a person who gains too much weight to maintain the appearance of the past years. Therefore, major changes in body weight should be avoided for a healthy appearance.
A healthy lifestyle and diet are also important considerations. The most important element here is to balance the body weight with a well-planned exercise program. A well-balanced diet rich in vitamins and antioxidants will also be complementary.
Let’s take a look at the main aesthetic interventions used to stop time.
Regular application of neurotoxin (Botox, Dysport): In order to relax the overworked mimic muscles, neurotoxin should be administered at least three times a year. Practices should be repeated regularly in order not to regain muscle strength.
Dermal filler applications for volume loss: As I mentioned in my previous articles, approximately 1-2 ml of volume is lost from our face every year, starting from the early thirties. To compensate for this loss of volume, hyaluronic acid fillers are often preferred. Even if the filler used is melted by the body, the frequency of use of ‘smart’ fillers, which increase the production of collagen, one of the basic building blocks of connective tissue, is increasing. In addition to compensating for the loss of volume, these ‘smart’ fillers also have additional benefits such as being anti-aging and relatively long-lasting.
Skin tightening: In addition to volume loss, sagging of the skin occurs as a result of the continuous effect of gravity. Applications that heat the middle and deep layers of the skin, such as fractional laser, fractional radiofrequency and HIFU, tighten the skin to varying degrees as a result of contraction (tissue tightening) in the early period and restructuring of the suspending structures due to the stimulation of collagen production in the late period.
Skin rejuvenation: The skin becomes thinner and fine wrinkles occur due to the loss of collagen and elastin fibers in the connective tissue during the aging process, mainly due to sun exposure; In addition, color irregularities occur due to pigmentation disorders. Methods such as fractional lasers, chemical peeling and microneedling (Dermaroller, Dermapen) are used successfully in solving these problems.
It should be well understood that ‘stopping time’ is a process, a lifestyle choice. It is necessary to visit your Dermatology or Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery specialist regularly, rather than one-time interventions. In this process, sometimes only small touches and sometimes larger interventions will be required. As a result, it will be possible to look much younger than your chronological age without the need for cosmetic surgery. I wish you healthy days.