After forty, many women start noticing signs of ageing on their face, such as fine lines, pigmentation, wrinkles and loose skin. Depending on factors like age, genetics and sun exposure, these problems can range from mild to severe.
Fortunately, there are cosmetic procedures that can minimise age-related issues to give you a smoother, firmer face. With current procedures having low risks, minimal side-effects and short recovery times, there’s no better time than now to consider a cosmetic procedure that will help you slow the hands of time!
Making the same expressions over the years doesn’t just make facial muscles thicker but also leaves lines in the creased skin. Often, a combination of muscle relaxant and filler injections is recommended to smooth out these lines.
Let’s take one of the main offenders, the ‘11s’, or frown lines, as an example. Years of frowning, while focusing on computer screens or squinting in the sun, can thicken forehead muscles, giving you a permanent frown and deep creases between your eyebrows. This ‘angry’ look is extremely ageing.
By injecting muscles with Botox or Dysport, your doctor can paralyse the frown muscles, making your forehead smoother. If done early, this can prevent the development of permanent wrinkles. Otherwise, a crease filler, like Restylane, Juvéderm or Radiesse, is injected to fill up wrinkles.
Muscle relaxants like Botox are mostly used around the top of the face, for example, the forehead and eyes. Fillers, on the other hand, can be used throughout the face, to deal with laugh lines and other expression lines, and to restore facial volume lost through aging. For instance, fillers can effectively plump up sunken cheeks, hollow temples and thinning lips. This fills up wrinkles and tightens the skin, making you look years younger!
Injectable treatments are popular because of their non-surgical nature. While they aren’t painless, recovery is quick, with bruising and redness disappearing within hours or days. Comparatively, surgical procedures such as facelifts are riskier and recovery is tougher, with drainage tubes in your face, as well as stitches and scarring. Also, as in-office procedures, Botox and fillers are more affordable compared to facelift surgery.
On the downside, injectable procedures must be done regularly, as their effects last only several months, while a good facelift can keep you looking younger for up to 10 years. Which procedure to choose depends on your budget and time-line, and most importantly, your desired results. If your concerns are expression lines and volume loss in specific areas, Botox and fillers would be more suitable, while facelifts are mainly recommended when the primary problem is general sagging or loose skin.
Radio and Laser Technology
Many women in their 50s and 60s dream of having tighter skin on their face and neck but are put off by the risks and cost of a surgical face or neck lift. Luckily, non-surgical treatments using laser and radiotherapy can also tighten and rejuvenate your face. Both procedures work by making microscopic tears deep in the skin, prompting collagen production. This leads to much firmer, younger looking skin, with best results seen after several months.
However, since these procedures involve making tiny injuries to your skin, they can be uncomfortable. For example, Thermage radio frequency treatment shows remarkable effects, but some patients find it too painful, opting instead for laser treatment. This causes less discomfort but results may be more subtle.
As a rule, the more intense treatments give better results, but also require longer recovery periods. Depending on your chosen treatment, redness can last from a few days to several weeks. Moreover, such treatments may not be suitable for people who have skin issues such as previous scarring, allergies or immune diseases.
In addition to injectables, laser and radiotherapy, chemical peels can also rejuvenate your face without surgery. However, for more significant and longer-lasting results, your best bet may still be surgical options such as a facelift or neck lift, or a combination of surgical and non-surgical procedures. An experienced practitioner will be able to advise you on the results, cost, side-effects and specifics of different treatments.
With constant exposure to images of celebrities like Nicole Kidman and Helen Mirren, who seem to look younger each year, many women feel pressured to present a youthful appearance as they age. Yet, just as many are embracing the changes associated with ageing, and focusing on staying healthy and happy.
The great thing about modern life is you have a choice about how you age. And if a smoother, firmer face will make you happier, it’s time to start looking for a qualified and experienced doctor who can make this happen!