What does anti-aging really mean? It’s certainly one of those words that gets tossed around quite a bit. But no one ever really seems to be able to narrow it down any. And that can be confusing if you’re looking into an anti-aging procedure for yourself. When the term can mean so many things, how do you find the right procedure? One way is to focus on which procedure will help you achieve your desired final results.
Just What Does Anti-Aging Really Mean?
There’s a term that cosmetic surgery clinic and medical spas throw around quite a bit: anti-aging. But what does “anti-aging” really mean? Because, well, nothing can really stop the aging process, unless there are any time travelers out there. (And even then, you’re still aging, you’re just doing so within a different time frame…)
In general, the term anti-aging seems to refer to a set of procedures designed to obfuscate or mitigate the signs of aging–both visible and otherwise. The idea is that your actual aging cannot be reversed, but some of the signs of aging can.
Granted, you’ll continue to age. Even a high-powered surgical procedure, such as a facelift, can’t stop that. But what these anti-aging procedures do is reset the clock. How much they reset the clock by will depend most significantly on which procedure you’re electing to undergo. And you should always discuss those procedures (and your desired final results) with your cosmetic surgeon. This article is intended for entertainment purposes only and should not replace any medical advice.
What Anti-Aging Procedures Are Available?
“Anti-Aging” procedures usually refer to non-surgical, non-invasive procedures that you can undergo at a cosmetic surgery clinic or a medical spa. They don’t necessarily need to be performed by plastic surgeons, in most cases, and often take the form of injections or applications with special tools.
Some of the most popular anti-aging procedures include:
- Botox injections: Botox is the king of all anti-aging solutions. And that makes sense, as this injectable was also one of the first. When Botox appeared on the market, it almost seemed like a miracle–get rid of wrinkles with no need for surgery. Of course, the reality is a little different than that. Botox will generally last 3-6 months and only target certain wrinkle types (smile lines and concentration lines, for example). But it’s still an incredibly popular anti-aging option.
- Dermal filler injections: If you want an injectable that will treat wrinkles that are not smile lines or concentration lines, you might want to look into a dermal filler injection. Fillers can, as the name implies, fill volume beneath your skin. This can help make your skin appear more youthful and get rid of wrinkles. Fillers usually last between 12-18 months, but there’s some wide variability in there, depending on the wrinkle of choice.
- Microneedling: This one’s not an injectable! Microneedling is a procedure that makes thousands of near-microscopic incisions in your skin. None of these skin pricks cause any sort of real damage, but because of the quantity of the incisions, your body goes into healing mode, releasing all sorts of collagen and healing compounds. Because there’s no real damage to repair, all of these healing compounds instead go about rejuvenating the skin, making you appear healthier, more vital, and more youthful.
Of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg (both in terms of discussing the above procedures and in terms of the number of procedures available).
Other Forms of Anti-Aging
Some anti-aging procedures are not directly related to how you look–instead, they tend to focus on how you feel. An example of such a procedure is a Vitamin B injection.
Here’s the idea: when you’re young, you have almost boundless energy. But as you age, you might find that energy waning. There are a lot of causes behind that (and if you find your energy waning too much, that could be a warning sign that you don’t want to ignore). But one common cause, especially as we age, is that we lack certain vitamins. For whatever reason, vitamin B can become harder for your body to produce or procure.
In those cases, injections of vitamin B can help provide you with a host of benefits, including more energy, a healthier immune system, and a better night’s rest. That’s what makes Vitamin B injections a rather popular anti-aging treatment even though it doesn’t really remove wrinkles or lines. It makes you feel more youthful. Vitamin B injections are not the only such treatment out there–patients have many options.
Ultimately, there’s certainly no shortage of anti-aging options. So it’s really all about finding the right anti-aging option for what you want–and what you want your results to look like. Anti-aging can mean a lot of different things, so what becomes important is what it means to you.
About the author: Dan Voltz has been writing about plastic and cosmetic surgery for over four years. He’s constantly in touch with surgeons to ensure he’s getting the most up to date and accurate information possible.