Top 5 Frequently Asked Questions

Why do we get wrinkles and when do they start?

As we age, our skin loses its collagen and elastin fibres and gets thinner; the secretion of oil from the sebaceous glands decreases and the skin tends to become drier; and the fat in the subcutaneous layers also begins to gradually reduce. All these changes cause the skin to sag, leading to the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. There is no fixed age for the appearance of wrinkles – both heredity and lifestyle play an important role in the development of wrinkles.

Is there a way to reverse the sun damage to the skin?

And when should one start taking anti-ageing treatments? Most age-related changes to the skin are secondary to the cumulative effects of exposure to the sun. Thus, the use of sunscreen is mandatory for individuals venturing out in the sun. Between 25 years to 35 years of age, apart from protecting the skin from the sun’s harmful radiation, it is also necessary to delay the process of ageing to maintain a youthful look. Simple exfoliating procedures and topical application products can be used for this purpose. One such exfoliating procedure is microdermabrasion. It is a machine-assisted, gentle exfoliating treatment that can be used to improve conditions such as early sun damage, mild acne, superficial scarring, enlarged pores and even fine lines and age spots. Microdermabrasion is a gentle and safe procedure and can be used in adults up to the age of 65 years. It can also be used for children over the age of 12 years.

Anti-ageing treatments are useful after the age of 35 years to maintain youthful looks. These treatments either aim at stimulating the synthesis of collagen or diminishing fine lines and wrinkles by replenishing the lost hyaluronic acid in the skin through the use of dermal fillers such as Juvederm.

Does my diet affect my skin?

What you eat affects the appearance of your skin. A healthy diet rich in fresh fruits, salads, green leafy vegetables and whole grains is important for healthy skin. Moreover, one should drink plenty of water and reduce the intake of fats, sugars and red meat. Anti-ageing research suggests that taking nutritional supplements can help in reducing free radical damage and restore the youthfulness of your skin.

How long do anti-wrinkle treatments last?

Results usually last 4 months, but this depends upon your general health, lifestyle, exposure to the sun and other such factors.

Are anti-wrinkle injections painful?

The injections cause only mild discomfort for a short period of time after administration. The doctor can minimise any discomfort by numbing the area with a cold pack or anaesthetic cream before administering the injection. Anaesthesia is not required. The whole procedure generally takes only 10 minutes.