What are Anti-Aging Therapies?
Anti-aging is the process of reversing the signs of aging. Changes to the skin are the most visible signs of aging. Over time environmental factors, genetic makeup, nutrition, and other factors catch up with us and show in the texture, pigmentation, and elasticity of our skin. Sun exposure is probably the greatest factor in aging skin. Studies show free radicals also accelerate signs of aging. With age the outer skin layer (epidermis) thins and the number of pigment-containing cells decreases causing thinner, paler and more translucent skin. In addition, large pigmented spots can form on the outer layer of the skin due to sun damage.
Another sign of aging is sagging skin. Changes in connective tissue reduce skin strength and elasticity leading to sagging skin. Anti-aging therapies were developed to answer the signs of aging, help tighten skin, fill in wrinkles, and prevent new wrinkles from forming.
Anti-aging therapies address a wide range of aging factors including:
- Free radicals
- Water retention
- Stretch marks
- Dark spot removal
- And more
Treatment schedules vary from patient to patient. There is a treatment plan for each type of therapy. Each treatment plan is customized to fit the patient’s needs, and depending upon the condition of the skin. Many anti-aging therapies require several sessions to take effect.
The roots of anti-aging therapies go back to ancient civilizations. The Egyptians used natural remedies like live leaves and bathing in sour milk. In China, herbs like fleece-flower root, ginseng and aacanthopanax root bark were used to revitalize the skin. In the middle ages women bathed in wine to give it a smooth and silky appearance. The 1990s brought the introduction of laser resurfacing to the anti aging world addressing conditions like acne, fine lines and wrinkles. Today there are injectables, fillers, creams, procedures and herbal remedies to address the signs of aging.
Treatment is dependent upon a variety of factors. First a patient’s health is assessed by a physician or certified practitioner. If you are a good candidate for an anti-aging therapy, the physician will create a customized treatment plan for you.
What to Expect
Lymphatic drainage helps reduce the cellulite, water retention and swelling. With lymphatic drainage patients will lay back as the therapist uses the machine to gently remove lymph cells and guide them in the right direction. Blockage prevents the drainage of water and toxins which creates signs of aging like cellulite and swelling. Multiple sessions of lymphatic drainage can help to remove these blockages and put lymph back on its normal path throughout the body.
Vitamin IV therapies deliver needed nutrients to the patient reversing signs of exhaustion and aging. Unlike taking vitamins in pill form, intravenous vitamin therapy delivers highly potent vitamins through the veins sending them directly where they need to go. Gerovital is another popular anti aging therapy.
Risks & Side Effects
There are minimal risks associated with intravenous vitamin therapies. Some patients experience pain at the injection site. Some patients have experienced lightheadedness or symptoms of hypoglycemia after treatment. Patients have experienced nausea and vomiting after lymphatic drainage therapy. Bruising can occur if firm pressure is applied. Always consult with a doctor before starting any anti-aging treatment.