Holidaying in Cancun? While you’re there why not look at rejuvenating your face with facial wrinkle treatments? In Cancun you can find a range of procedures to give yourself a youthful bloom so you can return home looking and feeling like a million dollars!
Gone are the days when a full surgical facelift was the only answer to turning back the hands of time. Nowadays there are a range of options to suit everybody that are far less invasive, although surgery is still a possibility if you so desire.
With so many treatments available it’s not always easy to know what is the right one for you, although a decent dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon will always be able to offer you advice, whether you choose a Joint Commission International accredited facility or not. Here’s a brief rundown of what’s available so you can get started on transforming a tired complexion into one that glows with youthful vitality.
Treatment options can be divided into surgical and non-surgical treatments, although some of the non-surgical treatments may be considered quite invasive too – so you will have to choose with care. Standards are, on the whole, very high, but a little research into the various facilities available is always recommended. Here at Medical Departures, we carry out background checks to verify doctor qualifications and professional memberships, and also perform clinic visits personally. All of this information is available on our website, along with high-definition clinic photos, patient reviews and virtual clinic tours.
The ‘Daddy’ of all facial wrinkle treatments is still the surgical facelift. It is best if you already have signs of aging, such as jowls or deep folds beginning to develop. The facelift corrects a number or problems from laughter lines, furrowed brows, sagging skin around the neck, chin and jowls and, of course, lines and wrinkles. The surgery lifts and tightens the skin, as well as the underlying tissues and muscles to make the face tighter and smoother.
If a facelift seems too much, there are mini-lifts which, for example, can correct problems in the lower part of the face, as well as surgery such as blepharoplasty to correct one problem area, such as eye bags.
These procedures can be carried out on their own, or in combination with non-surgical treatments to enhance and polish the skin even more.
Although surgical treatments have come on in leaps and bounds recently, so too have non-surgical treatments, especially in the area of ‘cosmeceuticals’ which combine beauty products with scientific know-how. Some of these treatments are quick to administer, have little downtime and give results almost immediately, and it is little wonder they are so popular, especially the injectable treatments.
Among this group are the neurotoxins, like Botox. These work by paralyzing the underlying muscles that form wrinkles and work very well for ‘active’ wrinkles – those that are formed by facial expressions, such as frown lines. The result are only temporary, lasting for between 3 and 6 months, but are easily topped-up.
Other injectable treatments are the range of dermal fillers. These are most effective for static lines and wrinkles – those that are visible regardless of facial expression. They work by filling the wrinkle and adding volume to the skin to make it fuller and smoother. Dermal fillers can be used on hollows and deep lines, such as the nasolabial folds and they may contain ingredients that stimulate the body into generating its own beneficial substances, such as collagen. Fillers are usually temporary too, lasting from 3 months to a year, and can be topped up to keep the effects going.
The texture of the skin can be improved with these treatments and they work by helping to regenerate new skin, or by helping beneficial products to penetrate deep into the skin. This includes laser resurfacing, chemical peels, dermabrasion and dermal rollering.
Some of these treatments are more invasive than others, and in the case of chemical peels there are three different strengths – of which the deep chemical peel must be administered only under surgical conditions. The downtime for this is several weeks and so you must do your research thoroughly and know what you’re getting into.
Prices vary enormously, but for a full facelift the prices may be around $4,000 (GBP £2,800; AUD $5,700; €3,600) in Cancun compared to $12,000 (UK £8,300; AUS $17,000, EUR €11,000) in the United States, and at the other end of the scale dermal fillers may cost a couple of hundred dollars in Cancun compared to $500in the United States (UK £350; AUS $700, EUR €450).
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