Thanks to recent advances in research and technology, there is a broader spectrum of effective anti-aging treatments available to patients than ever before. It is an exciting time, but knowing which treatments to try may be overwhelming.
To help you narrow down which treatments will help you reach your goals in 2020, we’ve outlined 10 of the most innovative anti-aging treatments that do everything from reduce fat and wrinkles to tone muscles and repair damaged cells. This breakdown will help you decide which anti-aging treatments to try next.
What Are Anti-Aging Treatments and Why Are They Worth Doing?
Treatments, supplements, or medications that reduce the symptoms of aging or increase a patient’s healthspan (the length of time they remain youthful and healthy) are considered anti-aging treatments. Much of regenerative medicine is focused on anti-aging or healthy aging.
This is important because without these therapies and treatments, natural aging can present painful side effects like osteoporosis, joint pain, skin and muscle thinning, and more. By taking proactive steps and utilizing the innovative anti-aging treatments listed below, you can extend your health-span and improve your quality of life.
What Ingredients Are Known to Have Anti-Aging Properties?
There are many foods and supplements that have demonstrated anti-aging properties when consumed or applied topically. Foods with antioxidants, such as blueberries and broccoli, can help neutralize free radicals. Orange and pomegranate juices have anti-inflammatory properties. Collagen and retinol have become popular ingredients in facial creams due to their abilities to improve skin texture.
The most important factor, however, is whether or not you are getting the right amount of these nutrients and ingredients. For example, our bodies need iron. It is a vital mineral that plays a role in the body’s ability to transport and absorb oxygen. Too little iron can lead to anemia, so it is important to get enough. However, too much iron can lead to liver and kidney damage. The key to human health, longevity, and youthfulness lies in finding balance. When all of the systems, organs, and cells in the body are operating at peak performance and working in harmony, the anti-aging effects can be profound.
Anti-Aging Treatments to Try This Year
Below you’ll find a brief description of ten cutting-edge anti-aging treatments, along with a breakdown of some of the many benefits they each offer. Whether you start with one or try them all, taking steps to prolong your health-span before symptoms of aging appear will help you age gracefully and painlessly.
- Micronutrient Testing
Micronutrient testing is arguably the first step everyone should take on their anti-aging journey because it provides a deeper understanding of your unique health and chemical makeup. A micronutrient test analyzes 30 different vitamin, mineral, antioxidant, and amino acid levels within the body. This can not only help patients correct vitamin deficiencies before they lead to side effects, but can also pinpoint the underlying cause of certain chronic conditions that have already become symptomatic. Whether you are primarily healthy or suffer from a chronic health concern, micronutrient testing can provide valuable insight that will enable you and your healthcare providers to make more precise decisions about your medical and anti-aging treatments.
- Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is commonly used to alleviate symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes, mood swings, low libido, and a decline in energy and feeling of wellbeing. BHRT is also an effective treatment for osteoporosis, hair thinning, memory loss, fibromyalgia, and incontinence in both men and women. Our production of certain hormones begins to decrease as early as our mid 30’s. Over time, this hormone decrease changes the way cells and tissue function and can lead to a myriad of uncomfortable symptoms. BHRT helps correct hormonal imbalances by supplying the body with hormones that have the exact same chemical and molecular structure as those produced by the body itself. BHRT is a perfect example of how anti-aging treatments can help patients age more gracefully and painlessly.
- IV Infusion Therapy
Because IV infusion therapy is a term used to describe any supplements or medications administered intravenously, there are numerous anti-aging treatments available as an IV infusion therapy. The major benefit of IV infusion therapy is the direct delivery of nutrients into the bloodstream. This circumvents the gastrointestinal system which breaks down and makes a significant portion of nutrients unusable by the body. IV infusion therapy is able to get vitamins, nutrients, and medications to the cells that need them faster and in greater quantities. IV infusion therapy can help improve cognition, boost heart and bone health, and address respiratory challenges. When you want powerful results quickly, IV infusion therapy is an excellent treatment choice.
- NAD IV Therapy
One particular IV infusion therapy that has soared to popularity as an anti-aging treatment is NAD IV therapy. This natural treatment delivers a coenzyme derived from vitamin B3 that has the power to boost cognitive function, energy levels, memory, mood, muscle health, and skin appearance. NAD levels decline with age and play a vital role in the sirtuin pathway. Restoring NAD to youthful levels improves mitochondrial function and shows the strong potential to reverse symptoms of aging.
- Medication and Supplements
Certain medications provide off-label anti-aging benefits. For instance, naltrexone is prescribed to help people recovering from substance abuse or addiction. However, our low-dose naltrexone therapy administers just enough of the medication to trigger an increase in the body’s production of endorphins; the chemical that enhances a sense of well being and balances the immune system. This is beneficial because the immune system weakens as people age, which increases disease risk. Other medications we offer that have off-label anti-aging benefits include metformin, rapamycin, oxytocin, and intranasal NAD. All of them can be prescribed during a convenient telemedicine consultation.
- Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a powerful tool for patients of all ages because it increases the body’s ability to transport and absorb oxygen, as well as repair damaged cells and tissues. As a regenerative and anti-aging treatment, HBOT heals tissue and has been shown to mobilize and increase stem cell activity. HBOT can be used to treat or alleviate symptoms of arthritis, concussion, diabetetic ulcers, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, osteomyelitis, and more. HBOT is non-invasive, painless (though one can experience pressure discomfort similar to being on an airplane), and can yield powerful results.
Emsculpt® has become one of the most popular body contouring treatments and weight loss tools on the market — and for good reason. This completely non-invasive treatment not only burns fat but also builds muscle tissue. Emsculpt® can be used to strengthen, tighten, and tone the abdomen, buttocks, biceps, triceps, calves, and thighs. It is an effective way to get rid of stubborn pockets of fat, strengthen core muscles to increase stability and avoid injury, as well as strengthen muscles and speed up recovery times after certain injuries. Adequate muscle helps the body to remain strong through the aging process helping to prevent conditions such as osteoporosis and diabetes. Emsculpt® is being examined as a tool to blunt age-related muscle decline making it an exciting addition to our anti-aging list.
- PRP and Stem Cell Therapies
Platelet-rich-plasma (PRP) therapy harnesses the body’s healing response to injury. Platelets contain hundreds of growth factors that help tissues to heal. When PRP is injected into damaged tissue it signals the surrounding tissues to repair the damage and restore normal function. When concentrated serum containing a patient’s own platelets is injected into the site of pain, PRP therapy helps heal overuse injuries, tendonitis, rotator cuff tears, herniated discs, muscle strains, and much more. PRP is currently used primarily for orthopedic injuries, skin and hair, as a surgical aid, and in dentistry. Ultimately, both PRP and stem cell therapy helps regenerate damaged tissue and cells in addition to alleviating pain.
Stem cell therapy is thought to behave in a similar manner to PRP, ‘homing’ to the site of injury and conducting a well orchestrated repair symphony. Stem cells may be harvested and used directly from the same patient or obtained from a human source outside of the patient. In fact, stem cell therapy and PRP therapy treat some of the same conditions, and they can even be used in tandem to maximize healing. One major difference between stem cell therapy and PRP therapy is how the cells are extracted from the body. Platelets are taken from a blood draw through the arm, while stem cells are typically taken from bone marrow at the hip. Learn more about these powerful anti-aging treatments here.
Acupuncture has been around for millennia. It offers myriad cosmetic, anti-aging, and health benefits with very low risk of side effects. The World Health Organization acknowledges acupuncture’s positive impact on symptoms of menopause, arthritis, osteoarthritis, and numerous other age-related concerns.
Facial acupuncture has been shown to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, brighten the complexion, improve skin tone and texture, reduce jaw tension, and also minimize pores, puffiness, swelling, and sagging. As an added benefit, acupuncture is stress relieving, and many people enjoy using their treatment sessions to meditate, listen to soothing music, or take a break from their busy day.
Collagen induction therapy, or microneedling, is a minimally invasive anti-aging treatment that reduces the appearance of facial and acne scars, sun spots, fine lines, and wrinkles. Microneedling has also been shown to improve overall skin texture, reduce skin sagging, and minimize pores.
Sometimes referred to as a “vampire facial,” microneedling is most commonly used on the face. During treatments, tiny needles cause microtraumas (tiny tears) in the skin, which stimulates blood flow and the production of collagen beneath the surface. Microneedling can be used as a stand-alone treatment or in conjunction with other anti-aging treatments, especially PRP therapy.
Interested in learning more about these and other anti-aging treatments? You’ll find more in-depth info about these treatments on our anti-aging and healthy aging treatments page.
You can also book a consultation at our state-of-the-art San Diego facility to receive a personalized evaluation with a member of our team. Our doctors will be able to make treatment recommendations tailored to your unique health and wellness goals.