The good news is that immortality may be within our reach. The bad news is that you will have to reincarnate into a jelly fish, a Turritopsis dohrnii to be specific. Also known as the ‘immortal jellyfish’, this deep sea-dweller apparently holds the secret to eternal life. It lives to maturity, propagates and then, faced with the option of aging and dying, cleverly opts instead to revert to a sexually immature stage. Thus, the only known way they can die is if they get consumed by another fish or if a disease strikes the jelly. While scientists have not been able to uncover why and how this jelly fish circumnavigates ageing and death, and to apply it to humans, this mysterious creature may hold promise for ongoing research into anti-aging for all of us back on land.
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On the beauty front, aesthetic breakthroughs have similarly occurred by leaps and bounds, with glass ceilings being smashed everyday. Hoping for younger looking skin by reversal the processes that cause aging have been the focus of intense research. It’s with this goal in mind that new age facelifts are incorporating forward thinking science to deliver cutting edge results.
Touted as the no-scalpel ‘facelift’ that delivers younger looking skin, the DNA facelift is the new darling of media and celebs looking for the holy grail to younger-looking skin.
Previous non-invasive facelifts relied on energy devices to effect skin contraction and eventual skin lifting. With new age facelifts such as the DNA facelift, the principle is in targeting the DNA of the skin by repairing and renewing them to a more youthful state. We know that our DNA is the operating system of our skin, it controls how our skin cells function, recover and age over time. Having younger DNA is akin to having a new and improved operating system for your skin.
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The DNA facelift, performed by doctors at SW1 Clinic involves a series of micro-injections of a molecule called PDRN or Polydeoxyribonucleotide. PDRN activates the salvage pathway that enables your skin’s DNA to repair itself over time. The end result is skin that is more resilient, recovers faster and looks more youthful.
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Our tester had her first taste of what the DNA facelift felt like last week. The procedure itself is called Youth Savant. According to Dr Kenneth Lee with over five hundred procedures under his belt, his opinion based on patient feedback is that the complexion looked brighter and more supple even after one session. Patients with fine facial lines especially the type that shows up on the sides of the face on smiling can look forward to a wrinkle-free visage soon after.
After a ten minute numbing, our tester felt that the procedure was surprisingly comfortable. The injections are much smaller compared to normal injections such as BOTOX or even fillers. The needles are much finer and shorter, as the goal is to deposit the PDRN just under the skin surface. Immediately after the treatment, a cold skin stimulator is applied to the skin soothe and firm the skin further. The downside is that there are many small little injections spread across the face. As the injections are superficial, risk of bruising is minimal and any superficial bumps present after the treatment subsides in less than 24 hours.
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The first few days after Youth Savant, it was clear what Dr Lee meant by an ‘improved complexion’ as her skin was incredibly dewy and soft. Fine lines around the side of the face were also minimized. What was most appreciable, according to our tester was the brightening of the complexion. She looked at least a shade fairer even without makeup!
Overall, the DNA facelift delivers skin that looks younger, softer and more supple, and for patients who want to achieve a better complexion on top of just skin lifting, this may be suitable for them. The promise of younger DNA is also a huge draw as the anti-aging benefits of having more resilient skin is immeasurable.
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