The search for ever-lasting youth is nothing new. However, with science and technological innovation, experts are now able to diminish the signs of aging with a number of cosmetic medical procedures. For example, the approval and introduction of Botox to the market in 2002 saw an immediate boom in non-surgical cosmetic procedures, and the aesthetics market has only continued to grow since.
The market for non-surgical cosmetic procedures continues to rise, with the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) reporting that over 3 million non-surgical procedures were performed in 2017. Injectables such as Botox and hyaluronic acid dermal fillers accounted for over 2 million of those procedures. Crucially, these numbers are only expected to rise.
Not only do market trends predict that non-surgical procedures will continue to grow in popularity, they also indicate that there will be an uptick in younger patients. This is a trend that has been visible for some time, with the AS ...
What is PRP and how is it processed?
Blood is composed of liquid plasma, which is full of red and white blood cells, as well as platelets. Platelets are important due to their role in the blood clotting process because they are rich in growth factors, such as vitamins and hormones, that aid in wound healing. For years, these healing properties have been incorporated into medical procedures. A small blood sample is required to collect the platelets. The blood is centrifuged to separate the platelet-rich-plasma (PRP) from the rest of the blood and all other cells. This separate PRP concentrate is what is actually used in medical and aesthetic procedures.
PRP is used for the treatment of injured athletes. The pain of sprains or tendonitis can be reduced with PRP injections. In a recent study, PRP injections were found to reduce osteoarthritic knee pain more so than saline injections. Recently, these beneficial properties have been, in conjunction with microneedling, incorporated into sk ...
Looking tired is among one of the most common complaints that prompts the aesthetic correction of the infraorbital area. The skin in this area is thin, so anything that distorts its structure is visible. Some people simply show age and fatigue more easily, which can have a negative impact on self-esteem.
A popular treatment option for the infraorbital area is injecting a hyaluronic acid (HA) dermal filler. Such a filler can be injected in the lower eyelid region to reduce the depth of the tear troughs and freshen up the face. Unfortunately, the area is difficult to treat due to the fact that the skin in this area is unforgiving, so it does not hide overcorrection or filler misplacement. As a result of this, Dr. Tom van Ejik developed the Palma Technique.
A complex, high-risk area
The infraorbital area is a delicate region that is layered with structures that are susceptible to aging; these include fat pads, septa, muscles, and vessels, and they all contribute to lookin ...