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Facial Wrinkles in Bangkok

The Ultimate Guide to Facial Wrinkles in Bangkok

Discover treatments to remove facial wrinkles in Bangkok. New products, techniques and treatments combatting facial wrinkles are appearing all the time – even facelift surgery offers an array of different options, which can be mighty confusing to consumers. As the distinction between surgery and other treatment is somewhat blurred these days, here’s a summary of what is generally on offer, and what the treatment entails.

SURGERY

A facelift, or rhytidectomy, improves a number of signs of aging, such as creases below the eyelids, creases from the nose extending to the mouth, sagging, jowls and loose skin. However a full facelift is not always required or preferable, and there are a range of other surgical treatments that may be used in conjunction with a facelift, or on their own, to improve the appearance of wrinkles, such as eyelid surgery, brow lift or neck lift.

NON-SURGICAL TREATMENTS

Injectables:

Neurotoxins (Botox™, Dysport ™ and Xeomin ™)
- are purified proteins produced from the clostridium botulinum bacteria. Injected in small amounts into facial muscles, they weaken or paralyze the muscle around the infected area, temporarily eliminating or reducing the skin creasing. The effects last for 3-6 months.

Fillers
- these are used to give volume, particularly to deep folds and creases that are not caused by muscle activity. New fillers are being developed all the time, but the main ones currently are:

Hyaluronic Acids (Juvederm ™, Restylane ™) are soft fillers that replace a naturally-occurring product that we lose as we age. Usually used in soft areas, such as the lips.

Hydroxapatitie microspheres (Radiesse™) also replaces a bodily substance, but usually used where a firmer filler is required, such as the folds along the side of the mouth.

Poly-L Lactic Acid (Sculptra ™) is a synthetic polymer that works by stimulating the body to produce new collagen, and is intended cheeks and temples, rather than soft areas like lips and eyelids.

Polymethulmethacrylate microspheres/collagen (Bellafill ™) is intended for permanent correction into deeper areas.

Fat grafting uses fat harvested from, usually, your own abdomen and injected into the lips to create a fuller effect.

Skin Resurfacing:

Laser or Light based Skin Resurfacing Treatments

Lasers are used to stimulate the body’s own natural collagen production, which plumps up the skin. There are many different types of skin resurfacing treatments available, including:

ablative (wounding) laser treatments
- Traditional carbon dioxide lasers used to have a high risk of scarring and took months to heal. The newer fractional lasers require around 2-3 weeks of recovery (Fraxel Re-Pair ™, Harmony Pixel Perfect ™)

- Erbium lasers burn less surrounding skin tissue, so the downtime is less, with swelling and bruising subsiding in 1 or 2 weeks (Harmony Pixel Laser ™)

non-ablative (non-wounding) laser treatment
- Less invasive than ablative laser treatments and recovery time is less, but the results aren’t as effective. Different types are:
Pulse Dyed Laser (PDL) – VBeam ®
Nd:YAG Laser – Cool Glide ®, Gentle YAG ®, Laser Genesis ™, Cool Touch

non-laser treatments
- usually light-based, and used to stimulate the cells beneath the skin’s surface.
Intensed Pulse Light (IPL) – Lumenis ®, Epilight ™
Infrared – Titan
Radiofrequency – Thermage ®
Ultrasound Imaging – Ulthera ®

Dermabrasion/Microdermabrasion

Dermabrasion treats scars, wrinkles and pigmentation by taking off the top layer of skin, leaving new skin to form and replace the old, damaged skin. The recovery time from the procedure depends on what depth and size of area was treated. New pink skin growth occurs in around a week, which fades to normal skin growth between 6 and 12 weeks.

Microdermabrasion is a more superficial version of the treatment.

Chemical Peels

These can be used to improve the skin’s appearance by applying chemicals to make it blister and peel off. The new skin underneath is generally smoother and less wrinkled.

Deep peels using salicylic acid and trichloroacetic acid are used to penetrate deep into the skin and do a better job of smoothing lines than the more superficial glycolic acid peels.

Dermal Rollering

An instrument packed with hundreds of fine titanium needles (the length of the needles vary depending on what you want the treatment to achieve) is rolled back and forth across the skin. It works in two ways:

1: The tiny little punctures it leaves in the skin is intended to stimulate the production of collagen to repair the skin, leaving it plumped and so evening out wrinkles
2: The holes allow beneficial skin products to penetrate deep into the skin layers where they can be most beneficial, rather than sitting on the top of the skin.

Why should I consider facial wrinkle treatments in Bangkok?

Most people looking at facial wrinkle treatments in Bangkok initially do so because of the cost – saving 50% on a surgical procedure, like a facelift, can leave you thousands better off than if you’d had the procedure at home.

However, surgery isn’t something you have done on a whim, and a trip abroad for surgery has to be something you would consider carefully and plan meticulously in advance. Apart from surgery, there a plenty of other non-invasive treatments available, that don’t have much downtime and are something you don’t need to plan too much. These may be treatments such as dermal fillers, or Botox, which many people at home may have in their lunch hour. These are great pick-me-up treatments which have little side-effects, and if you’ve been in Bangkok on holiday, will make the subtlest of differences so when you return home people will just think you look well-rested.

Of course, no matter what treatment you have it is always worthwhile doing some background checks, which is where we come in. Medical Departures have already done this, with qualifications and professional memberships listed on our website, as well as high-definition photos so you can see what the clinics look like. We also have testimonials from the people who know best – those who have already used the services.

We always say that you should make sure you choose a reliable and trustworthy clinic for any procedure, no matter how small or commonplace it may seem. Your face is unique – and you only have one so it’s worth looking. It is important to remember that no cosmetic procedure can ever be completely guaranteed to 100%, but by taking some small precautions you can enhance your natural beauty in confidence.

What are the costs of facial wrinkle treatments in Bangkok – will I save much?

You will always save on facial wrinkle treatments in Bangkok – how much will depend on what you have done. A facelift in Bangkok costs around AUD $10,000, compared to around $20,000 in Australia – giving you substantial savings, whereas a dermal filler procedure may save a couple of hundred.

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