Medical aesthetics use various methods to renew the skin and achieve a youthful effect. In addition to exfoliation, tightening, and smoothing, there are three lesser-known methods that are equally important for overall treatment: increasing extracellular matrix, volume restoration, and immobilization of muscular contraction.
Extracellular matrix is the substance outside of cells in skin tissue, made up of collagen, elastin, hyaluronic acid, and more. Increasing it can thicken and increase the elasticity and hydration of the skin, reducing wrinkles and sagging caused by collagen loss. This can be done with treatments like chemical peels, vitamin A compounds, lasers, and radiofrequency.
Volume restoration involves filling in lost volume, such as in tear troughs, sunken temples, flattened cheeks, and deep wrinkles caused by fat and collagen loss. Injectable fillers like hyaluronic acid, polylactic acid, and calcium hydroxyapatite can be used to restore contour and support to the skin.
Immobilization of muscular contraction is achieved by relaxing muscles with medication to reduce repeated movements that cause wrinkles, such as frown lines. Injecting botulinum toxin into active muscles in the forehead, glabella, and crow’s feet can relax them and delay the onset of wrinkles.
Combining these methods can increase effectiveness and reduce invasiveness, making them safer for those who may not be suitable for deeper treatments. Medical aesthetic procedures can help rejuvenate the skin and are not as daunting as they may seem.