The accumulation of free radicals, highly reactive particles, and molecular inflammation are the main factors that contribute to the ageing process. They take place all the time and should be slowed down in order to prevent ageing. Lifestyle factors can either contribute to ageing or slow down the process.
Foods high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties help to combat free radicals and molecular inflammation, slowing down the process of skin ageing. A high, pro-inflammatory diet that includes deep-fried foods, sugar, sweet beverages, refined carbohydrates, and processed meat stimulates and speeds up the ageing process.
Other lifestyle factors that affect skin health include lack of sleep or chronic sleep deprivation, lack of exercise, stress, chronic alcohol consumption, smoking, and a high level of sun exposure.
The Vacation Facelift program is an innovative program designed by the dermatology and anti-ageing doctors at Samitivej Sukhumvit Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand. Patients undergo a no-needle facelift procedure for skin treatment, while the anti-ageing treatment requires patients to undergo a blood test to examine the internal markers of ageing such as free radical levels, inflammation levels, and micro-nutrient levels.
“We can provide a lifestyle modification plan, according to the patient’s needs,” says Dr. Thidakarn Rujipattanakul, a dermatologist and anti-ageing specialist at the hospital.
The no-needle facelift procedure is a cutting-edge technology that uses high air pressure to bring hyaluronic acid deep into the skin through a tiny entry point, allowing the skin to absorb water. This results in a lifting effect for better quality skin with less wrinkles and reduced pore size. The procedure also stimulates the skin cells to produce more collagen and reduce wrinkles over time. “It does cause some kind of microtrauma to the skin. So you cannot do it too often,” advises Dr. Thidakarn, against performing the no-needle facelift regularly.
In order to achieve optimum results from treatment, dermatology and anti-ageing specialists at Samitivej Sukhumvit Hospital are able to provide customised treatment plans for patients through a simple blood test.
“The blood testing will show how they age from inside, the markers for ageing and the vitamin levels,” says Dr. Thidakarn, adding patients are sent for the blood test after their medical and lifestyle history is filed. Once results are obtained, the doctor will design a lifestyle modification plan with the patient to improve their skin health.
Supplements prescribed are formulated according to the patient’s needs and blood test results. Vitamins act as either the catalyst or pre-cursor for protein synthesis in the body, including collagen – one of the skin’s structural proteins.
Crucial nutrients, like vitamin C and some amino acids, are required to slow down collagen breakdown or encourage collagen formation. Hence, good vitamin and nutrient levels are necessary before undergoing any procedure to reduce wrinkles and to achieve satisfactory results from the procedure.
Surgical facelift procedures create open wounds on the skin. Once an open wound is created, there is a risk of exacerbating symptoms of existing conditions. “But with innovative technology which is minimally invasive, for example, the no-needle facelift [programme], I think the risk of exacerbating the diseases… is quite low… compared to the traditional procedures,” comments Dr. Thidakarn, while also warning that it may not be completely safe for all individuals.
Interview originally published on www.globalhealthandtravel.com
The First Class Honors Medical Degree, Faculty of Medicine, Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University Faculty of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University , 2000