Summertime brings about not only longer, warmer days, but more time exposed to sunlight. While this is a wonderful source of vitamin D and can be healthy for the mind and body, too much sunlight can be damaging to the skin, especially the face, which is exposed all year around. Too much sunlight can cause premature signs of ageing such as:
- blotchy skin
- leathery appearance
- skin pigmentation
However, there is a form of facial rejuvenation that can help with combating these less-than-desirable appearances.
WHAT IS FACIAL REJUVENATION?
Facial rejuvenation is described as being any form of cosmetic procedure that restores the appearance of the skin on the face to look healthier and younger. There are various procedures that help to reduce or eliminate excesswrinkles, improve texture, even out skin tone and colour, decrease the size of your pores, and tighten loose or flabby skin – all of which can progress much faster with increased exposure to sunlight. Those hot summer beach and pool days may be doing more harm than you realise.
HOW CAN I PREVENT MY SKIN FROM BEING DAMAGED?
There are certainly some lifestyle changes that would help improve the skin like detoxification and spa treatments, but unfortunately that sometimes isn’t enough to recover what is lost through the ageing process. The main structural protein of the skin is called collagen I. It’s responsible for:
- strength of skin.
The ageing process makes it easier for collagen to break down and lose its ability to recover. The collagen becomes damaged further through the toxins in the air and UV rays. Over time, with ageing and external forces, the skin becomes thinner and more easily damaged. The pores, follicles, and glands, become bigger and wider as a result.
WHAT IS AUTOLOGOUS PLATELET GROWTH FACTOR TREATMENT?
Autologous platelet growth factor treatment involves an injection of your own platelets and can be used to treat:
- eye puffiness
- sagging skin
- and uneven skin tone
It’s noninvasive, easy, and has very little side effects because it’s your own platelets that are used. It involves getting a small amount of blood drawn, which is then put in a centrifuge to separate the components. The plasma (clear fluid) is what’s injected into the skin because packed with these helpful platelets.
Platelets help tissues to heal and grow new cells after destruction. When injected into the skin, these concentrated platelets promote growth of collagen and help to rejuvenate the tissues surrounding the problem areas. This in turn helps to smooth and tighten skin. Using autologous platelet growth factor is a natural form of facial rejuvenation and already has an extensive history of proving benefits in other areas of medicine such as orthopaedics and dentistry as well.
The entire facial rejuvenation procedure generally takes about 20 minutes and doesn’t require any additional post procedure care. There is only mild swelling and bruising at the injection site, which goes away within a few days. These treatments last much longer than others at an average of 18 months, and the success rates are far higherbecause, again, it’s using the body’s own natural components.