One of the easiest things you can do to try to combat the symptoms of facial aging is to spread on some skin cream. But it comes with problems: topical treatments can’t really penetrate the skin, so their benefits are limited.
For better facial rejuvenation, many people turn to injectable facial fillers. Fillers like Juvéderm are delivered via needle deep into the skin or even under the skin to plump up the face, replacing lost volume to smooth wrinkles.
Now a new discovery suggests that facial fillers of the future might be delivered without needles. Not only that, but the treatments could stimulate the treated areas to function more like youthful skin.
Rejuvenating Aged Skin
There are many reasons why our face begins to wrinkle as we get older. One is that the skin’s production of collagen diminishes with age. Collagen is a primary protein in skin, one that helps it remain elastic (capable of folding and unfolding without developing lines). There are several ways to stimulate the production of more collagen by inducing injury to the skin (often thermal injury–a light burn), but they come with other drawbacks and risks.
Now a new research article published in the American Chemical Society’s journal Nano highlights preliminary evidence that material extracted from skin cells could be used to reduce wrinkles–without needles.
Instead, researchers propose that the material might be delivered using a needle-free air injection system. Similar to Star Trek’s “hypospray,” the process drives material deep into the skin using only air pressure. The material they were injecting was exosomes, which are like small packets of protein and genetic materials that cells pass back and forth to communicate with one another. They took exosomes from dermal fibroblasts–cells that govern the production of new skin cells–reasoning that these might stimulate skin cells to produce additional collagen and more skin cells.
To test the effectiveness of this treatment, they artificially aged mice by exposing them to UVB radiation for 8 weeks until the mice showed visible skin wrinkling. They then divided the mice into three categories. One category got the new treatment, while the other two got either no treatment or a more traditional anti-aging treatment with topical retinoic acid.
Three weeks after treatment, the mice that got the exosomes had fewer wrinkles and those that they had were more superficial. In addition, the skin of exosome-treated mice thicker and showed less evidence of inflammation.
Facial Filler Give Effective Rejuvenation
While this study is promising, it’s only very preliminary work, and it’s many years from being available as a rejuvenation treatment. However, we do have some very effective ways to reduce the effects of aging on your face right now.
Facial fillers work great to reduce the appearance of:
- Folds around the mouth (nasolabial folds or parentheses lines)
- Hollows under the eyes
- Sunken cheeks
- Thin lips
The results can be long-lasting, giving up to a year of rejuvenation, depending on the treated area.
BOTOX ® Cosmetic might be a better choice for other signs of aging, such as:
- Crow’s feet
- Forehead lines
- Vertical lines between the brows (the 11’s or glabellar lines)
- Lipstick lines
During your consultation, we can look at your appearance and help you decide what to treat. Then we can recommend the most effective treatment for achieving your cosmetic goals.
Looking for Rejuvenation in Anchorage?
Are you unhappy with the lines age has left on your face? Would you like to erase them? We can do that with our cosmetic injectable treatments. Please call (907) 274-7691 today for an appointment with a cosmetic dentist at Denali Dental Care in Anchorage.