Fine lines and wrinkles, crepey eyelids and crow’s feet, sagging around the mouth and jaw. These are all signs of ageing, an inevitable side effect of growing older and decades of exposure to sun and pollution.
But it’s possible to reverse the signs of ageing. The latest clinical treatments can lift and tone your skin, and smoothen out your skin surface. You look 10 years younger – and in a very natural, flattering way. People won’t say that your face looks fake and overdone. Instead, they’ll say, “I can’t believe you’re over 40! You look half your age.” Best of all, these treatments don’t require surgery!
Not yet ready to go through plastic surgery? Try dermal fillers. Basically, hyaluronic acid or other plumping ingredients are injected into your face. These can help make your lips or cheeks look full, and minimize the appearance of wrinkles. Fillers can also be used to subtly enhance the shape of your nose.
Don’t confuse fillers with Botox, where you’re injected with a neurotoxin that temporarily freezes the muscles that can cause wrinkles to appear. Botox is better for “dynamic” wrinkles that appear with certain facial expressions. Filers, on the other hand, help treat sagging and loss of volume.
Fillers can last for 6 months or more. The treatment takes around an hour, and hasminimal side effects and downtime.
Both Botox and fillers should be done by qualified, experienced and trusted cosmetic clinics. Some unscrupulous establishments may use fake or sub-quality fillers. Furthermore, you need a doctor who knows where to inject Botox or fillers to get the most natural-looking results.
Some clinics like Aestheticon offer breakthrough treatments like lipofilling, where fat is taken from one area of your body, purified, and then transferred to the area you want to lift and tone. One advantage of this procedure is that you’re using your own tissue, so there’s less risk of reaction to an artificial or unfamiliar substance.
Lipofilling is a more complex procedure than fillers, and will take more sessions as fat cells must be harvested and then reinjected. However, the results last longer. It is a good anti-ageing option for people who want a permanent lift but aren’t yet ready for plastic surgery.
Radiofrequency and laser treatments
While some cosmetic procedures work by injecting a plumping substance, others work by stimulating your body’s production of collagen. This is what happens when you go through radiofrequency or laser treatments.
Both treatments use waves to penetrate the skin and activate your skin’s skin regeneration process. The heat or sound energy break down damaged cells, prompting your body to produce more collagen and elastin. Aside from addressing sagging, these can be used to improve the skin surface texture. That’s why it’s sometimes used for cellulite, acne scars, and stretch marks.
Typically, RF and laser treatments will require several sessions, depending on your case and what you want to achieve. However, the results are very natural-looking because you’re basically getting your skin to regenerate itself.
In some cases, RF and laser treatments are combined with other cosmetic procedures for dramatic results.