The Future of Anti-Aging Technology
It is no secret that our population is aging. In 2009, about 13 percent of the U.S. population was over the age of 65 with a whopping 46 percent over the age of 40. By 2030, that number is expected to exceed 19 percent while the over-40 crowd will grow to well over half of the population. With so many people in the “aging” population, the future of anti-aging technology has never been more important. People want to look young, no matter whether they are 35 or 65. A large part of self-esteem is based on appearance, and the desire to maintain a youthful appearance is one key reason to stay active. This relates to the theory “If you don’t look good, it is hard to feel good.”
When combined with known medical age-related problems like arthritis, staying active is essential and that means maintaining good looks. Our population is aging but we are also a society that celebrates youth. There are a number of solutions to help combat aging – simple things that can be done at home, like exercise, dietary supplements and anti-aging creams. Some people feel compelled to go the more extreme route with plastic surgery, but less invasive techniques are becoming more popular and the demand for aesthetic treatments is not slowing down.
So Where are We Going?
Expect more in infusion therapy.
As we learn more about the effectiveness of natural, botanical skin care ingredients, the availability of better treatment serums will increase. These serums will be used along with microdermabrasion machine treatments, derma needling, and in conjunction with E-stim and ultrasound treatments for enhanced absorption and efficacy. Our sources of natural, botanical ingredients will continue to expand globally. We find unique and exotic ingredients in far- flung regions of the world. Our knowledge about the specific properties of plant extracts may contribute to the development of more effective anti-aging treatments, which stem from ancient roots. This is good for business too, as infusion treatments may provide additional revenue when offered as an add-on service to an existing treatment, such as microdermabrasion.
Expect more focused treatments.
From plumper lips and sagging skin to those stubborn fat deposits, treatments will target a specific area of concern. Areas such as the hands can already be treated for age and sun spots, and treatments for certain areas such as the knees and elbows can also be done, but in the near future, we may be able to more accurately focus aesthetic attention on those problem areas with targeted products for the type of skin and tissue that is found there. Treating the eye area or the bottom of the feet is very different from treating the décolleté, so targeted professional products and protocols can reflect the unique qualities of the area being worked on.
Expect more in advanced technology.
Equipment technology is advancing to give the aesthetics professional more control over what type of treatment they can offer and how well those systems perform. Currently, some technology is only available to physicians, while medically-based aesthetic’s facilities can take advantage of this now, newer advances may be in the works for less invasive systems that can offer some of the same advantages – in laser, intense pulsed light, sonic, oxygen facial machines with exfoliation and ultrasound, and heat therapy. After all – microdermabrasion is a much gentler and more refined system modeled after the old “dermabrasion”, and microdermabrasion will continue to be a huge player in the aesthetic’s treatment market.
Expect new therapies.
From customized supplements and “skin creams as vitamins”, to new ingredients such as stem cell infused serums and moisturizers with skin growth factors, the skincare industry is putting a great deal of effort into identifying qualities of newly discovered compounds and how to combine those ingredients to act synergistically with one another. This may lead to a whole new area of botanical, nutritionally-based skincare that can be used in aesthetic treatments. In addition, many of these new therapies can be add-ons to existing technologies such as microdermabrasion and IPL.
Technology in the cosmetics industry has developed by leaps and bounds over the last several decades. Development of aesthetic treatments such as microdermabrasion, sonic or heat-based fat deposit treatments, and laser hair removal have made anti-aging treatments much more attractive and attainable. No longer do you have to see a surgeon to look younger. The future of anti-aging treatments looks bright.
Written by Mark Pinsley, President and CEO
Published by DermaMed Solutions