Best Anti Aging Surgery in Nashik
A visit to the plastic surgeon isn’t the only way to improve your looks or turn back the years. The “lunch-time facelift” promises a younger, better-looking you with no surgery, no general anesthetic and no downtime. Although “lunch-time” and “facelift” may be a bit of a stretch, these days it’s increasingly possible to take a few years off your face in a day clinic without the expense, pain and temporary disappearance from public life associated with surgery.
The Aging Process
Aging takes its toll in a number of ways, including expression lines, loss of fat volume, loss of bone structure, gravity, and the big one – sun damage. Dermatologist Dr. Phillip Artemi says, “Seventy-five percent of what you see in the mirror at 50 or 60 is due to sun damage.”
There’s no one treatment that deals with all skin issues and works for all people, and a cosmetic physician may suggest you have more than one: for example muscle relaxers for forehead lines, dermal fillers for nasolabial folds (running from the corner of the nose to the corner of the mouth) and volume replacement, and IPL or a peel for fine lines and skin texture.
Need to know
- There’s no such thing as a “non-surgical facelift”. There’s skin smoothing and tightening, volume replacement and wrinkle reduction, but no non-surgical treatment is going to give you the same lifting results as surgery. You may look “fresher”, but don’t expect gravity-defying miracles!
- These procedures are designed for people in their 30s to 50s with reasonably good skin, who are prepared to protect it from the sun.
- Some procedures involve a lot of pain and some will still leave you temporarily looking like you’ve been burned/beaten/stung by a bee, so you may need a recovery period hiding out at home. The greater the (initial) damage, the better the long-term effect.
- The results won’t last as long as a surgical facelift, and the costs of repeating the procedure several times over 10 years (which is how long a facelift “lasts”) may end up exceeding those of surgery.
- You get what you pay for – mostly. Although salons and spas may offer radio frequency or ultrasound skin firming or facial peels for a tenth of the price of a cosmetic physician, it’s likely the treatments aren’t as strong. In addition, the staff may not have had the training and experience necessary for evaluating client suitability or delivering the procedure safely. That said, there are no guarantees with cosmetic physicians either – but the odds of a safe and effective procedure are better.
- All procedures carry risks of temporary or even permanent damage and could leave you wishing you had your old skin back.
So, if you’re still willing to go ahead, what are your options?
The injection of filler materials under the skin can fill in deep folds, such as nasolabial folds (also known as “smile lines” or “laugh lines”), create fuller lips and pad out hollow cheeks and eyes. Rather than just smoothing or tightening skin, they can change the facial profile to a more youthful one.
Although collagen used to be the standard filler, hyaluronic acid, with brand names like Restylane and Juvederm, is now more popular. Hyaluronic acid lasts somewhere between six months to a year – although treating areas of the face that move less will last longer than those that move more, such as the lips – and you tend to get better results with each treatment. There’s evidence that hyaluronic acid injections can also have a more permanent anti-aging effect by stimulating collagen growth.
Synthetic fillers, such as Radiesse, are long-lasting (12–18 months). The main risk associated with these is lumps forming under the skin that has to be surgically removed, or changes to the skin structure that occur with age, leaving odd shapes where the filler is.
Finally, there are fat transfers, where your own body fat is extracted, processed and injected into your face. This can be expensive, and while it sometimes lasts five to 10 years, the fat may not survive long at all, and may be absorbed back into the body.
How much these procedures cost is difficult to say, because treatments are usually priced by the type and volume of filler used, and that depends on what you’re having done. Prices start from a few hundred dollars and can exceed $1000, with fat transfers at the higher end.
Botulinum toxin (brand names include Botox and Dysport) temporarily “paralyzes” muscles when injected. This prevents the skin above from creasing up and causing wrinkles. It only works on so-called “expression lines”, such as frown (vertical) lines and surprise (horizontal) lines on the forehead, smoothing them and preventing them from becoming more pronounced. It won’t do anything for sun-damaged skin or lines caused by skin sagging, such as nasolabial folds.
Though a prescription-only drug, it’s possible for non-medical professionals to obtain and inject Botox or its other variants, with potentially serious consequences if something goes wrong. It’s best to leave these injections to an experienced medical professional – and definitely not to have them at a “Botox party”. The products used at Botox parties have been reported to be fake imports.
The cost depends on how much is injected, and typically starts from around $100 to over $1000. The process itself is relatively painless, but you can’t lie down or rub the area for several hours afterward – this is to prevent the toxin from spreading to other areas.
The effects take a few days to kick in, and initially last a few months – longer after continued treatment.
Possible side effects include a droopy upper eyelid if the drug is injected too low on the forehead, and this may last a couple of weeks. In the hands of a skilled administrator, you can avoid the notorious “frozen” look.
The combined use of muscle relaxers and dermal fillers is called a liquid facelift. It costs about $1000 to $4000, depending on how much work is done and lasts from one to two years.
Deoxycholic acid is a chemical naturally found in the body that breaks down dietary fat in the digestive system. It can be injected into the body to reduce body fat in small areas and is available in Australia under the brand name Belkyra (it’s known as Kybella overseas). Currently, it’s approved for use to reduce submental fat – the fat under the chin responsible for the dreaded double chin.
Results can be quite good, with reduced fat under the chin, and some skin tightening may also occur, though it depends on the particular patient. You’ll need multiple injections over two or more sessions for it to work, and there can be significant swelling – “bullfrog neck” is the term often used! Another potential side effect is damage to the marginal mandibular nerve, which may give you a lopsided smile for a while.
The cost for two sessions is around $2200-2800.
Acid, such as glycolic acid, lactic acid or trichloracetic acid, is applied to the skin and exfoliates the top layer, causing dead skin cells to peel off. At stronger concentrations, new, tighter skin forms as collagen production are stimulated in response to the wounding.
It can help reduce fine lines, small scars, discoloration and sun-damaged skin. The stronger the peel, the more dramatic and longer-lasting the results – stronger peels (concentrations of more than 30%) are better left to medical professionals rather than beauticians.
The acid stings, and for a strong peel, a sedative may be helpful. After-care for a strong peel may include bandaging, and it could take weeks to heal. Milder acids may result in some redness and peeling in the first week, and there may be some crusting or scabbing.
A stronger peel’s benefits can last for two years, although it depends on the strength of acid used (which determines how deep the peel is). These days a course of several milder peels, rather than one strong peel, is common. Milder peels may require top-up peels every few months.
Costs range from under $100 to several hundred dollars, depending on the type.
Percutaneous collagen induction therapy, popularly known as derma rolling or micro needling, involves rolling a cylinder covered in tiny needles over your skin. The damage caused by the needles stimulates collagen production and has been successfully used for treating scars, especially acne scarring, fine lines, and wrinkles. It may sometimes be combined with radio frequency energy to create a greater effect.
As a rule, the longer the needle, the greater the damage (and bleeding and pain…) and the greater the effect.
Dermal rollers can be purchased for as little as $30 online, so are relatively cheap. However results may not be as good as those achieved by professionals, and you could do harm with poor technique, damaged needles or needles that are too long, or poor hygiene.
You can also have it done by a beautician, but make sure they’re experienced and have good hygiene practices – unclean rollers can spread infection. Dermatologists and cosmetic physicians offer micro needling with or without radiofrequency.
Not to be confused with dermabrasion (which is rarely used these days), microdermabrasion can be done at a salon or spa and uses fine crystals to sand the face and remove dead skin cells.
It may help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and improve skin texture, but don’t expect a major anti-aging effect. There will probably be some redness and swelling for a few hours.