It is a known fact that our skin ages as we do. Transformations from young skin to the older one as you age may seem stressful for some of us. Going ahead with new skincare routines can be tough, from noticing a loss of volume and elasticity, skin discoloration, or a few fine lines at some places that didn’t have them before. The products that had worked wonders for you in your early 20s may lose their efficiency even in the late 20s, and you invariably have to adjust your regimen based on your skin’s present needs.
During your 30s, your skin goes through transitional skin time since it is completely post-puberty and well into adulthood. The 30s is the time when most people notice the first signs of aging. According to doctors, this is the period whereby patients first start seeing a loss of volume in cheeks, sunken eyes, heavy pigmentation, and fine lines. The 40s is when these changes start to look more prominent.
However, these decades can look better than ever, with a large number of aesthetic treatments that can focus on noticeable signs of aging like wrinkles, fine lines, skin laxity, and pigmentations without the need for cosmetic surgery.
Facial fillers work best for under eyes, cheeks, and the laugh line. Due to the decrease in the production of the body’s elastin and collagen, sagging and reduced elasticity can be observed, especially in the mid faces of both men and women. The hormonal changes that women undoubtedly go through during menopause will further add to these changes.
Two types of dermal fillers that have been highly recommended are hyaluronic acid (HA) such as Teosyal, Juvederm and Restylane, and poly-caprolactone (PCL) such as Ellanse. They are commonly used in the sunken areas such as laugh lines, marionette lines, cheeks, temples and under-eye areas. To avoid over-correction, it is advisable to inject 1-2ml of filler per area of treatment. For thin skin area such as under-eye or upper lid, it is better to choose ‘ultra-soft’ filler to prevent lumpiness. One of the most popular filler for dark eye circle correction will be Teosyal Redensity II which is a special ultra-soft filler incorporated with antioxidants, whitening agent and multivitamins for superior brightening effect.
Generally HA fillers can last from 12 to 18 months, depending on the type of filler and the area being treated. The beauty of HA filler is they are 100% compatible with human body, providing natural result and are reversible with enzyme within hours (even if you regret it).
Botox(BTX), also known as the botulinum toxin injection, is the most popular cosmetic procedure worldwide. Botulinum toxin derived from ‘purified’ neurotoxin produced by bacteria, temporarily block the release of acetylcholine at the neuromuscular junction. In other words, botulinum toxin relaxes the muscle temporarily to smoothen the overlying skin. It is performed to treat wrinkles around the eyes (crow’s feet), forehead, frown and neck. If placed at correct points, it gives a lifting effect to the face as well (‘liquid facelift’). The procedure is fast (10 minutes), simple and has a very high rate of patient satisfaction.
BTX procedure has been carried out for more than four decades and was used to treat a large variety of medical conditions including teeth grinding, sweaty palms/armpits, chronic shoulder pain, overactive bladder, migraine, muscle stiffness due to stroke etc. The safety of BTX is well established worldwide given the long history and large number of usage.
Thermage is the ultimate non-surgical aesthetic treatment carried out for skin firming and lifting, resulting in a more youthful look. It uses radiofrequency energy to stimulate new collagen and firm up the skin. In comparison to previous generations of Thermage CPT, Thermage FLX is the latest generation machine for better performance and less discomfort, thanks to its innovative system of energy delivery and comfort pulse technology.
The procedure is carried out by heating the collagen fibers and tissues under the skin. A cooling spray is delivered simultaneously while the procedure takes place to protect the skin from overheating. The heat compels the creation of new collagen as well as remodel the existing collagen and elastin. Besides face and neck, thermage can be used for stretch marks and loose skin for abdomen, thighs and upper arms.
Typically, Thermage requires 45 minutes of numbing cream and another 45 minutes to 1 hour to complete the treatment for whole face and neck. Thermage treatment requires only one session to show good result, which can last up to 2 years.
Thermage procedure has one of the best success rate among the energy-based devices. It has excellent safety profile with little to none side effects. Common side effects include mild redness and swelling around the treated area, which will subside within a day.
The 30s and 40s are the peak period for most people, with more financial stability. It is however the time aging signs appearing on our face and body.
Modern aesthetic treatments allow us to delay and reverse to some extent the aging process, safely and naturally. Although plastic surgery result can last for longer years and does not require patients to repeatedly go for retreatment, the downtime and risks are significantly more than non-invasive treatment.
If you are in your 30s or 40s, it is the right time to start the journey of medical aesthetic to maintain a youthful look.