It can be compared to a dress… a designer one! If properly cared for, it will remain in perfect condition for a long time. Skin. In order to be young and healthy, the skin must be preserved from time and harsh climatic conditions (pollution, smog, sunlight).
Not merely because it is the… aesthetic business card that we present to the world. But also because of the functions it carries out to facilitate the health of the organism. The skin is, in fact, to all effects a vital organ that acts as a protective barrier against the environment. Recent scientific studies also attribute it with the role of ‘director’, presiding over the proper functioning of the organs and systems of the body. It produces, indeed, cytokines, protein molecules that, for example, accelerate the healing of blood vessels and tissues, in the event of a wound.
So taking care of your skin is a must. Firstly with cosmetics. Just a few products, used methodically, with intelligence and regularity, suffice to reshape the facial features, which time tends to change.
This is the “skin design” strategy. It is not just to reduce wrinkles, but also even out and brighten the complexion, firm the contours, refresh and “open up” the eyes. There are two inputs to achieve this total new look: look closely at how the parents have aged, thus identifying the areas of the face most at risk and the familial components of one’s “chrono-aging”.
And, at the same time, correct one’s lifestyle, responsible for “photo-aging” (exposure to the sun and pollutants, diet, physical activity…). It is at this point that the latest generation of anti-aging cosmetics play a fundamental role. Firstly, due to the increasingly complex and specific formulations. Standing out among the over 15,000 cosmetic ingredients currently used by researchers are, no doubt, peptides, vitamins (now made more “bio-available” for the skin, including the use of micro-particles that convey them to the deepest layers of the derma) and previously unknown plant extracts, from far-away cultures and continents, thanks to globalization.
But sensory components (from the texture to the scent) also contribute to the efficacy of these treatments, giving a reassuring feeling of wellbeing at the time of the application, stimulating the neurotransmitters of the skin and therefore easing anxiety and stress. Are cosmetics no longer sufficient? There is aesthetic medicine.
Nourish and redensify tissues
In common language, they are called “vitamins”. In fact, biorevitalization is a gentle method, which maintains the skin’s youthfulness, improving its elasticity and firmness. The specialist performs a series of micro-injections of very fluid (i.e. low molecular weight) hyaluronic acid over diffuse surfaces of the face, neck, décolletage and, if desired, also the hands and inner arms. These infiltrations attract water to the tissues, restoring the correct level of hydration and stimulating cellular activity which promotes, in turn, the synthesis of collagen and elastin. Even more effective and therefore more specific for mature skin, is to then perform dermal densification. The method does not change, but the formula, based on hyaluronic acid, which in this case acts as a carrier, is enriched with regenerating substances, brighteneners and antioxidants. It is, more precisely, a “dermo-restructuring” complex formed from 8 amino acids (arginine, glycine, leucine, isoleucine, valine, lysine, threonine, and proline), plus glutathione, alpha-lipoic acid and N-acetyl-L-cysteine, vitamin B6, zinc and copper. In both cases, 3-4 sessions are planned, a distance of 15 days apart, twice a year. The result, already visible after the first session, is natural and well tolerated. At the most, only a few tiny bruises may remain, which can be relieved with lactoferrin cream.
A new technique to reshape the facial contours
Even more recent and innovative is facial remodelling of the face with the Bio Aesthetic Points (BAP) technique. The specialist performs a very small number of infiltrations – 5 for each half of the face – in only two sessions, one month apart, with a new type of high concentration (64 mg in 2 ml) non-cross-linked hyaluronic acid (trade name Profhilo). Once injected with a significantly reduced needle gauge, in a completely painless way, the compound follows the lymphatic capillary network and is evenly distributed throughout the face. The combination in the formula of high and low molecular weight hyaluronic acid – in equal measure – allows a bioregenerating effect, stimulating the fibroblasts to produce endogenous hyaluronic acid and a visible tightening effect of the facial contours. The results are also durable, lasting for about six months. Even the inflammatory response, always present in every type of infiltration, is particularly low due to the activation of an ad hoc complex called TGF-beta, present in the formulation.