Many perceive wrinkles as unwanted and undesirable. Wrinkles are caused by a variety of factors, such as loss of skin fat and elasticity, skin problems, and aging. Fortunately, there are a myriad of new methods and techniques that help postpone, or even prevent the aging process.
In this article, we are going to introduce the best skin rejuvenation methods, including the most effective one, Morpheus8. To know more, continue reading.
Skin rejuvenation, what is it?
Many factors lead to skin aging: The sun, harsh weather, pollution, stress, and bad habits like inappropriate diets, sedentary lifestyle, and smoking. These factors together with the natural aging process, cause many changes in the skin and its underlying layers.
In addition, after the age of 50, the production of collagen and elastin decrease significantly, resulting in dull, saggy skin. Subcutaneous fat under the cheeks, chin, temples, nose, and eyes will also suffer a decline, and the muscles around the mouth and chin will weaken, making the face look withered and bony.
Skin rejuvenation methods could help fix texture irregularities such as wrinkles and acne scars, as well as pigment changes such as freckles, sun spots, and visible blood vessels on the face and body.
How to prevent skin aging
There are two general ways to keep your skin looking youthful and fresh:
- Prevention, which refers to taking care of your skin in order to delay aging; and
- Treatment, which involves targeting and treating the aging symptoms through various therapies and skin rejuvenation methods.
With regards to No.1, i.e., prevention, there are precautions you could take to fight off and delay skin aging, some of which are as follows:
- Apply sunscreen every day;
- Do not tan your skin;
- Wear sunglasses;
- Do not smoke;
- Do not consume alcoholic beverages;
- Wash your skin thoroughly but gently;
- Do not forget moisturizers; and
- Use retinol or retinoid.
You should have a skincare routine that you stick to religiously, as that is what determines the success of all those skin rejuvenation sessions you have spent your hard-earned money on.
The top 6 skin rejuvenation methods
There are numerous methods of skin rejuvenation, each effective in its own way. The best skin rejuvenation method for you is the one that meets your expectations and needs. Here are the 6 most effective skin rejuvenation methods:
Chemical peeling or derma peeling
Chemical peeling or derma peeling is a technique that uses chemical solutions to improve and soften the texture of the skin by removing the damaged outer layers.
Chemical peels in a way accelerate the growth of a new layer of skin that is smoother and looks younger. Dermatologists use special formulas that suit your facial needs. Chemical peels are a good option if you suffer from mild to moderate aging of the face and acne scarring.
Botox, Gel, or Fat injection
The injection of gels into different layers of the skin will increase the volume of the targeted area. Dermal fillers or volumizers are divided into three categories: permanent, semi-permanent, and temporary. You are usually advised against going for permanent fillers as they have their own complications and risks. Likewise, semi-permanent fillers are less commonly used. Temporary fillers are the best option as they are generally made of hyaluronic acid, a substance that is naturally produced by your body and functions as skin’s water retainer.
In general, dermal fillers:
- Fill in facial lines (laughter, frown, wrinkles around the eyes and lips); and
- Increase the volume of the upper and lower lips.
According to statistics, Botox injection is the most popular skin rejuvenation method. In this method, a toxin that is called botulinum is injected under the skin, paralyzing the facial muscles. Botox injection is more of a preventative method than a cure in itself. It can:
- Eliminate facial lines (frown lines on the forehead and around the eyes and lips);
- lift eyebrows;
- relieve tension in the muscles; and
- Raise the corners of the lips.
In the fat injection technique, also known as fat grafting, fat tissue is removed from the thighs, buttocks, and belly, by liposuction. This tissue is then injected under the skin and into the area needing improvement. This method is long-lasting and has a few side effects (small scars, bruising and swelling, temporary numbness, etc.). Fat grafting can:
- Fill in facial wrinkles;
- Treat sagging skin; and
- Enhance the appearance of the breasts, lips, hips, and back of the hands.
Laser skin resurfacing
In this procedure, your skin’s outer layer, called the epidermis, is destroyed by the laser beam, to reveal a more youthful skin from underneath. Your dermatologist uses laser energy to send short, focused, pulsed beams of light onto the skin, removing damaged layers with precision, and layer by layer.
Laser skin resurfacing decreases wrinkles, scars, and dark spots. It also helps to improve wrinkles around or under the eyes, forehead, and mouth, and remove or reduce acne and chickenpox scars, sun damage, and liver- and age spots.
Microdermabrasion and dermabrasion
There are basically two different microdermabrasion techniques. In one technique, the outer layers of skin are gently sanded away using a special applicator with an abrasive surface. In the other, a fine mist of abrasive particles is sprayed on the skin with a suction. Both techniques yield the same result: a fresh, rejuvenated skin. Microdermabrasion is minimally invasive and can improve the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, and treat acne scarring, age spots, stretch marks, and sun damage.
Dermabrasion targets deeper layers of the skin using a rapidly rotating device that sands the skin’s outer layers. Like all other skin rejuvenating procedures, it too needs to be performed by a trained and certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon. The skin that grows back after the procedure will be cleaner, younger, and smoother.
As we age, collagen production in our body decreases drastically, causing wrinkled, sagging skin. Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, stimulates elastin and collagen production in the skin, making it look more youthful.
This technique is minimally invasive and involves the use of a pen-shaped or rolling device with small needles. These tiny needles make small cuts in the skin and cause a bit of bleeding. The skin considers this as an injury and responds by making new tissue, rich in collagen and even in tone and texture. When the skin is encouraged to make new tissue, it will become firmer too, as a result of its collagen production.
Morpheus8 is a non-invasive device to help remodel subdermal adipose tissue and rebuild collagen. It is more than just a microneedling device though, as it also incorporates radiofrequency (RF) to yield the best results. This combination is believed to increase the effectiveness of the Morpheus8 device. Once the needles penetrate the skin, they start emitting RF waves. The heat these waves generate will go even deeper into the dermal layer, tightening the tissue below. After full treatment, the skin will become firmer and less saggy.
Morpheus8 treatment yields uniform results for all skin types, without causing thermal damage to the dermis. Thanks to its innovative technology, it will also reduce the risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, which is a quite common side effect of some skin rejuvenating and resurfacing techniques.
All in all, one can safely conclude that the Morpheus8 benefits far surpass those of other resurfacing and rejuvenating devices. It can be used on all skin types and colors in order to treat skin problems on the face and body, including the abdomen, legs, arms, hands, jowls, chest, and neck.