There are a few things certain in life that come to us all – death, taxes and wrinkles – and while we can’t avoid them, we can minimize or delay their impact, certainly in the case of wrinkles. Fortunately, in the case of wrinkles, there are lots of surgical and non-surgical treatments around to disguise or even eradicate them, and there are plenty of places to have your wrinkle treatments abroad if you want to save money.
Wrinkles are an inevitable part of the ageing process. As we age, collagen production slows and breaks down. This is the protein that holds bones, muscles, tendons and skin together, and when it begins to breakdown it is noticeable in the skin by the formation of fine lines that eventually become deeper wrinkles. However, not all wrinkles are created equal. Lifestyle choices, such as sun damage, diet and smoking are all contributing factors, but so too are genetic factors, which we have no control over.
As you can imagine, there are probably hundreds of treatments available for dealing with wrinkles – you only have to look at the amount of face creams around purporting to reduce the effects of them. However, not all treatments are effective for all wrinkles.
Most anti-wrinkle treatments tend to target the face, although we all know the body is predisposed to getting older too. Deciding on what problem area you want to improve is the major factor in determining what treatment will improve the problem.
For example, in women, the backs of the hands and the décolletage (the area including the neckline, chest and cleavage) can be problematical and age faster than the face. This is because the skin is much thinner with little fat in these areas, so when collagen breaks down it is more noticeable. These areas are also susceptible to sun damage. The wrinkle treatments available may include surgery, but there are a myriad of other techniques and treatments around which are ‘non-surgical’, although the distinction between them may be indistinct.
This is particularly true of facial wrinkle treatments, where once a full facelift was pretty much the only option, there are now mini lifts, eyelid surgery or brow lifts which just deal in particular problem areas. Combine these with the non-surgical treatments, including injectable fillers, such as Juvederm and injectable neurotoxins, such as Botox, laser resurfacing, dermabrasion, chemical peels and countless other procedures which makes for a multitude of wrinkle treatments available.
This really depends on what you are having done. Some, like Botox, can be done in a matter of minutes whereas surgery, such as a facelift, may take several hours.
Again, it varies. Recovery from surgery will take several months, but after an injectable any redness or itching should dissipate within 24 hours.
In most cases yes. Surgical procedures will usually cost at least 50% less abroad. While it may not be particularly cost-effective going abroad specifically for something like Botox, it may be something you may think about doing if you’re already on holiday, and it will probably cost substantially less than at home.
Medical tourism is a growing industry, but that is not to say that every clinic offering wrinkle treatments will be trustworthy. Some of these non-surgical procedures are unregulated – even in your own home country.
You should always do some background research and find out as much as you can about your chosen practitioner and clinic. At Medical Departures we pre-screen. Our doctors’ qualifications and professional memberships are verified; we visit clinics and check their hygiene and safety procedures and we gather patient testimonials. If we’re not happy we do not list them on our site.
Make sure you choose a reliable medical practitioner – you only get one face and body, so look after it the best way you can.