Options you might not know about
Taking good care of your skin now is one of the best ways to ensure that it’s as healthy as possible in the future, and you might want to consider trying one of these out-of-the-box anti-ageing treatments, too. Although they sound bizarre, experts say they offer good results.
This technique gained notoriety from a 2013 Keeping Up with the Kardashians episode in which Kim gets an anti-ageing treatment that leaves her face spotted with blood. The ‘vampire facial,’ or platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment, utilises the body’s own growth factors to regenerate tissue and promote collagen production. “During this procedure, blood is taken from the patient’s vein and placed in a specialised centrifuge,” says plastic surgeon, Dr David Shafer. “As the blood spins at a very fast speed, the components of the blood separate into serum, platelets, and red blood cells, and the PRP layer is isolated and used for various rejuvenating procedures.” While the PRP does not add volume, Dr Shafer claims it can give local cells a healthy boost. Keep in mind that this may require a topical anaesthetic because it’s done in conjunction with micro-needling, which can be painful. Kim Kardashian herself said she regretted having the procedure because she did it without numbing cream.
This anti-ageing treatment might sound like something that would require work on the patient’s part – but it’s not like the gym for your body. Face Gym is a non-invasive muscle manipulation technique that is used to tone the muscles. All you do as the patient is lie down and relax as a technician uses combined skin rejuvenating techniques and products on your face. “While Face Gym is not a substitute for traditional facelift surgery or even dermal fillers to replace lost volume, it is a great maintenance program,” says Dr Shafer.