Last fact-checked: 5 October 2020
Aging skin comes to us all and most of us don't welcome the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Fortunately, there are more ways than ever to effectively and safely combat the signs of aging, and you can pick and choose your treatment abroad for a fraction of the cost back home.
Treatments include surgical and non-surgical techniques, and there are new products and methods coming to market frequently. Some of these are suitable if you’re short on time, and others are sought by medical travelers looking to make a trip specifically for some cosmetic work.
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There are so many available there are bound to be some that are suitable for your needs. Many of the facial wrinkle treatments target specific problems or areas, and you will need to do a little research to identify your particular problem(s) and figure out what are the best treatments or combination of treatments that will achieve your goals.
The array of treatments available can be quite baffling, but they can chiefly be divided into surgical and non-surgical techniques - so here’s a brief rundown to get you started.
Surgical procedures on your face are likely to be uncomfortable, and there is a certain amount of downtime as you may not want to be seen out in public either if your face is bruised and swollen.
The biggest surgical procedure for facial wrinkles is a facelift (also known as rhytidectomy). This helps to improve a variety of age-related problems, including jowls, loose skin, creases, wrinkles and fine lines. If you don’t want or need a full facelift, there are other procedures to help improve wrinkles, including:
There are plenty of non-surgical facial wrinkle treatment options available – some can be performed in a matter of minutes with virtually no downtime – and others may take several weeks.
Among the most popular non-surgical treatments are the injectable neurotoxins. These include:
The procedure consists of a quick injection into the facial muscles, which temporarily paralyzes them and thereby minimizes wrinkles. It is especially good for expression lines – such as the ‘11’ lines that appear between the eyebrows. Results last for around six months, after which top-ups can be administered to maintain the look.
Fillers are another popular, quick option and are usually more effective for wrinkles that are known as ‘static’ wrinkles, i.e. they remain regardless of your expression. Fillers have also been developed to target particular areas, including:
Skin Resurfacing Treatments:
These help to stimulate collagen and plump skin. Treatments available at our global partner clinics include:
The recovery time depends on what procedure you have. It should be noted that:
Again, it is dependent upon a number of factors, but most people usually save at least 50% by having their facial wrinkle treatments in Mexico or Thailand compared to countries like the US, the UK and Australia.
To see some of the latest prices on offer and what kinds of treatments are available, take a look at these recommended partner clinics in top medical travel destinations:
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