But it hasn’t been until recently that many of these products, procedures, and technologies have actually started to work! In fact, as technology has improved and our understanding of human anatomy has increased, anti-aging technologies and procedures have graduated far beyond clever makeup techniques, and now often resemble something out of Star Trek and beyond. Here are just a few of the most incredible advancements in anti-aging technology that give a glimpse into what the future may actually be like!
Used most famously by athletes such as Kobe Bryant to get over sports related injuries quicker, blood spinning therapy (known as Regenokine) is an incredible technique that seems straight out of a science fiction novel. First, small samples of a patient’s blood are taken and then spun in a centrifuge, which allows platelets and blood plasma to be isolated from other components. The plasma and platelets are then injected into the injured area, promoting growth and healing factors. Reportedly, the procedure reduces pain and discomfort in the joint, and can be used to help even aging athletes (and people like me and you) to recover from even devastating injuries. Though not explicitly an “anti-aging” procedure – in terms of appearance – Regenokine has famously been used by a wide variety of famous athletes – including Andrew Bogut, Kobe Bryant, and Andre Iguodala – who credit the procedure with extending their career and keeping them on the court.
As we age, many of the natural hormones our body produces begin to decline, including human growth hormone, melatonin, testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone. This can result in mood swings, dry skin, decreased libido, slower healing after muscle or tendon damage, loss of bone density, and the general feeling of increased age. However, Bioidentical hormone replacement procedures have made it possible to correct natural hormone imbalance, giving us the chance to actually change our internal chemical balance in perhaps one of the most fascinating and science fiction-y ways possible. Procedures such as BioTe pellet therapy – fascinatingly enough – utilize pellet implants that consistently release small doses of hormones that make up for the lack of those hormones being produced by your glandular system. These pellet implants are injected under the skin in a minimally invasive procedure, and can last up to 6 months; however, what they can’t do is dissuade us from looking forward to neural implants in the near future!
For most of our history, skin issues such as port wine stains, age marks, facial lines, wrinkles, and rosacea have been simple facts of life; if you had them, they weren’t going away. However, with the advent of several new cosmetic techniques, this is no longer the case. In fact, many cosmetic procedures are very effective in dealing with each and every one of these afflictions, and one of the most interesting and high tech is – without a doubt – intense Pulse Light Therapy (IPL for short). Utilizing a series of high intensity pulses of visible light, IPL is used to improve the appearance of a variety of skin issues, including the ones that are listed above; however, what truly makes this a therapy from the future – besides the fact that we are blasting skin lesions away with high intensity waves of light – is the fact that it is completely non-ablative. In other words, IPL therapy takes no incisions and requires no surgery, and it requires no downtime whatsoever! The effects may not be immediate and it may take a few procedures to really see any appreciable benefits, but it’s hard not to include a procedure that utilizes light in such an interesting – and effective – manner!
Of course, it wouldn’t be a list of “high tech anti-aging” techniques if we didn’t include lasers, the most quintessential futuristic technology of them all! Fortunately, new skin treatment techniques seem to rely heavily upon this near legendary technology, and you don’t even have to worry about mortal wounds. Fractional Skin Resurfacing – referred to more simply as “Laser Resurfacing” – uses a laser to vaporize thin sections of skin, layer by layer. New skin then grows to replace damaged skin that was removed during the laser treatment, helping remove wrinkles, superficial scars, color pigment changes and defects, and even acne. Best of all, even though this may sound painful, the only side-effects that you have to worry about are pink and tender skin, and avoiding sunlight for a few days on the affected area.
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About the author: Tyler Fleck is an online blogger working with Dr. Seiger, a Fenton, Michigan area Dermatologist. With over 23 years of experience, Dr. Seiger offers plenty of expertise on anti-aging techniques; visit the Skin and Vein Center today for more information.