With age come wrinkles, fine lines, dark spots, and dull skin. But, thanks to the cosmetic industry, youth is just a procedure away. The only catch is that they might burn a hole in your pocket. This along with the fear of a procedure going wrong might prompt you to look for natural alternatives, such as the facial fascia treatment. To fully understand how viable natural solutions are, it’s important to know what causes aging and what might play a significant role in reversing it.
What Causes Aging?
While there’s nothing better to explain why skin ages other than the passage of time and sun exposure, the characteristics of aging are worth noting. As you age, the outer layer of your skin, known as the epidermis, thins and makes the skin sag. The number of pigment-containing cells, known as melanocytes, decrease. This results in a thin, pale looking skin that’s almost translucent.
Aging skin is more prone to skin injuries and heals a lot slower than when it was young.1 A slowdown of this process of cell turnover, which keeps dead cells from building up on the skin, perfectly sums up aging skin and all of its symptoms.2
What Is Facial Fascia?
Fascia is a fibrous tissue that encloses muscles and other internal
Fascia is made up of collagen, which is responsible for skin firmness. In older skin, collagen production decreases – hence, the obsession of the cosmetic industry with collagen.4 With news of botox possibly causing muscle weakness, loss of tissue, and atrophy coming to light, experts are looking for ways to manipulate fascia and get the effect of botox.5
How Facial Fascia Can Be Anti-Aging
Research on techniques to use facial fascia for youthful skin is fairly new.6 So far, the only possible outcomes have been on how to manipulate fat distribution to give the appearance of firmness. However, there hasn’t been any significant development when it comes to its effectiveness.
But, you can always keep it healthy. Studies recommend that you keep it “hydrated” with yoga, foam rolling, and exercises. A massage with fascia friendly equipment could also work, albeit under the right hands. Hence, when it comes to manipulating the skin, leave it to the experts.7
Other Cosmetic Anti-Aging Techniques
The most easily recognized option is botox. Here, a toxic drug called Clostridium botulinum is injected into the skin in small batches. These injections then paralyze the target muscles by blocking certain nerves. Botox reduces wrinkles and lifts skin.8
2. Trichloroacetic Acid Peel
For complexion and dark spots, there’s the trichloroacetic acid peel. This peel causes the top layer of the skin to dry up and peel. What’s underneath is a new skin, which is brighter and with fewer spots.9
Sclerotherapy gets rid of spider veins. Here, an injection of a saline solution is used to irritate the lining of the blood vessel, causing it to burst.10
4. Radiofrequency Skin Tightening
Radiofrequency skin tightening is a new procedure that is non-invasive and has great results that can be seen within 6 months. However, it’s painful and not for everyone.11
While these procedures work very well, with new technology being developed, they require several sessions and don’t last for too long. Not to mention, there is a chance of them going wrong. This is why you need to consider natural solutions before taking any big step.
|↑1||Aging changes in skin. US National Library Of Medicine.|
|↑2||Farage, Miranda A., Kenneth W. Miller, Peter Elsner, and Howard I. Maibach. “Characteristics of the aging skin.” Advances in wound care 2, no. 1 (2013): 5-10.|
|↑3||Kumka, Myroslava, and Jason Bonar. “Fascia: a morphological description and classification system based on a literature review.” The Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association 56, no. 3 (2012): 179.|
|↑4||Ganceviciene, Ruta, Aikaterini I. Liakou, Athanasios Theodoridis, Evgenia Makrantonaki, and Christos C. Zouboulis. “Skin anti-aging strategies.” Dermato-endocrinology 4, no. 3 (2012): 308-319.|
|↑5||Rafferty, Katherine L., Zi Jun Liu, Wenmin Ye, Alfonso L. Navarrete, Thao Tuong Nguyen, Atriya Salamati, and Susan W. Herring. “Botulinum toxin in masticatory muscles: short-and long-term effects on muscle, bone, and craniofacial function in
|↑6||Stecco, Carla, and Julie Ann Day. “The fascial manipulation technique and its biomechanical model: a guide to the human fascial system.” International journal of therapeutic massage & bodywork 3, no. 1 (2010): 38.|
|↑7||Myers, Thomas W. Anatomy Trains E-Book: Myofascial Meridians for Manual and Movement Therapists. Elsevier Health Sciences, 2013.|
|↑8||Botox. US National Library Of Medicine.|
|↑10||Zimmet, Steven E. “Sclerotherapy treatment of telangiectasias and varicose veins.” Techniques in vascular and interventional radiology 6, no. 3 (2003): 116-120.|
|↑11||Gold, Michael H. “Update on tissue tightening.” J Clin Aesthet Dermatol 3, no. 5 (2010): 36-41.|