Anti-aging wonder drug
Miracle cures in creams
For many additions to skin care creams, there is still a lack of scientific evidence that they actually help against wrinkles. However, some substances have been researched quite well, and researchers have shown that they really make the skin look plumper.
Vitamin A - also called retinol - smoothes wrinkles and makes the skin more elastic. Because retinol stimulates collagen formation and inhibits collagen breakdown. This makes the skin thicker.
The most important antioxidants include vitamins C and E and the coenzyme Q10. They can render aggressive oxygen particles, so-called free radicals, harmless and prevent these particles from causing cells and tissue to age more quickly. Free radicals are created in the body during metabolism, but also, for example, through the sun and smoking.
Omega fatty acids 6
These fatty acids help the skin to build a protective barrier. This prevents the skin from drying out and keeps it elastic.
Laser and chemical peels
In so-called laser skin resurfacing, a wrinkle treatment with a laser, the energy beam evaporates the upper layers of the skin. This tightens the skin because it stimulates the cells to make new collagen. In addition, the skin can bind more water. Deep wrinkles become smoother, small wrinkles even disappear completely.
Laser surgery is a serious procedure: you will be given a local or general anesthetic. The treatment also wounds your skin, making it very prone to inflammation. So that neither germs penetrate nor scars develop, the skin must be very carefully cared for and initially checked regularly by a doctor. After laser skin resurfacing, the skin takes two to three weeks to heal.
Over the years, the skin loses its elasticity and its sub-fatty tissue becomes thinner. This can cause areas of the face and neck to sag and make us look old. In the so-called facelift, a cosmetic surgeon lifts these areas up again and at the same time tightens the skin. In the past, lifted faces often had something paralyzed like a mask, because tightening them too much took away their mobility. Today a completely wrinkle-free face is no longer the goal of the procedure. Rather, it's about keeping the natural look. And such an operation can actually rejuvenate a face by eight to twelve years.
A chemical peel burns the top layers of the skin. The body rejects them and creates fresh, smooth layers of skin. This procedure takes about 28 days. With a chemical peel, the dermatologist usually wants to remove superficial pigment spots, severe cornifications such as acne, sun damage or scars. But it can also be used to remove wrinkles.
Doctors mainly use acids for peeling - such as fruit acid, salicylic acid, vitamin A acid or trichloroacetic acid. In the case of a peeling with low-dose fruit acid, the doctor does not necessarily have to numb you. Otherwise, local anesthesia is sufficient to treat individual skin areas.