Skin aging is a complex biological process influenced by a combination of internal and external factors. Wrinkles, uneven skin tone, loss of elasticity, and thinning, are all signs of aging. Besides extrinsic factors like sun exposure and pollution, intrinsic factors such as collagen depletion and hormonal shifts can also lead to your skin losing its youthfulness and radiance.
So, what is the impact of aging and how can you flow with it more gracefully? We spoke to Dr Wong Kee Seng from Kowayo Aesthetic Clinic to gain some expert advice!
What is the impact of aging on your face and body?
In your 40s, your skin may begin to appear drier, with slow collagen and elastin production. As you enter the 50s, menopause begins, and the ovaries create lesser estrogen, further resulting in dry, sagging skin and volume loss. Additionally, body metabolism slows down, resulting in unwanted weight gain.
What you will notice is lines starting to appear around the lips and a loss in lip volume. Crow’s feet, frown lines and forehead lines may also become more profound and noticeable. In your 20s, the shape of your face has more volume at the top and tails off gently to the chin. But as you age, the form of your face will inevitably change – volume will increase around the chin, jowl and lower face – causing it to sag and lose shape.
According to Dr Wong, maintaining the volume of the face is key to a youthful appearance. “In the aesthetic world, the ‘Triangle of Youth’ is often referred to as the 3-pointer triangle of high cheekbones with full volumised cheeks and a well-defined jawline. However, as we age, the youthful triangle often becomes inverted,” he says.
A seasoned veteran in the aesthetic arena, Dr Wong strongly believes in non-invasive procedures to achieve ideal beauty results. So, at Kowayo Aesthetic Clinic, the aim is to restore your Triangle of Youth with no fuss.
“Aesthetic Medicine is like magic based on medical science, it can turn back the clock on your face,” he says. What are these magical solutions you ask? Let’s find out!
Here are the top aesthetic treatments recommended by Dr Wong to revive your youth!
1. Injectables (Filler & Botox)
Have you ever stared critically at your photos and noticed your wrinkles and laugh lines? Those anti-wrinkle creams not helping much? Thankfully there are injectables that can help you with this facial issue. To treat wrinkles, fine lines and give you an overall facelift, consider a liquid facelift consisting of micro botulinum toxins (BTX). This liquid is injected along the hairlines, covering the side of the face and jawline to give you an overall lifting and tightening effect. The best part? This is a non-invasive procedure that only takes a few minutes to administer.
"The liquid facelift treatment is a 10-minute procedure with minimal downtime, and its effect can last up to 6 months," says Dr Wong. “Besides removing wrinkles and fine lines, this treatment can also firm sagging skin and restore the tautness of the jawline,” he adds.
On top of that, this treatment can be combined with a Polycaprolactone (PCL)-based collagen stimulator to restore the plumpness of your face by filling up the hollow areas. The result is a natural, volumising and lifting effect without having to go under the knife at all. What’s more, you’ll be able to relish the natural magic restored to your face, that your family and friends will notice immediately!
Besides loss of volume, the ‘scaffolding’ supporting our face tends to shrink as we age. High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) is useful for targeting sagging faces as a result of muscle loss or excess skin and tissue around the area. This non-invasive treatment uses ultrasound energy to deliver heat to target areas deep beneath the surface of your skin. When the energy from this treatment heats the layer beneath, it induces the denaturation of tissue, stimulates collagen production and tightens the skin, resulting in a face-lifting effect. The beams can also be focussed to melt unwanted fats in the jowl and jawline area.
What can you expect after this treatment? "The optimum results occur after one month of the treatment, when your body naturally regenerates collagen and elastin. Collagen restores the strength and support to the skin, while elastin helps skin to resume its shape after stretching. The result counteracts saggy and wrinkly skin by making it suppler and more elastic," says Dr Wong. For optimal results, Dr Wong also recommends undergoing this treatment twice a year.
3. Thread Lift
For face-lifting without undergoing surgery, try out thread-lifting. This method uses a suture coated with mini barbs that pulls the skin up to produce a lifting and tightening effect. These biodegradable threads are inserted into the skin and act as a stimulant to activate collagen and elastin. Besides getting a facelift, it also improves the skin texture, suppleness and radiant complexion. With this revolutionary treatment, you can now minus off a couple of years from your face and enjoy the youthfulness regained.
4. Body Slimming
We have covered the tips on how to restore your face but let’s not forget about your body. Women in their 50s are often concerned about weight gain in their bodies. There are two kinds of fats stored in our body. Deep or visceral fats that surround our organs and subcutaneous fat. Deep fat is associated with health issues such as diabetes, cholesterol, and cardiovascular diseases. While the latter resides just under the skin, and is a result of excess calories, a sedentary lifestyle or muscle loss.
Once you hit menopause, changes in hormones will slow down metabolism, resulting in muscle loss and easier weight gain around the abdomen, hip, butt and thigh areas. Since fat cells do not disappear, and can only shrink or expand, this explains why it is so easy to gain weight when your metabolism slows down or if you slack off on practising a healthy diet and active exercise.
The good news is, now there are advanced technologies that can remove fat cells through apoptosis (a type of cell death). By using a combination of fat freeze, radiofrequency, magnetic field energy, and infrared light, women can now remove fat as a non-surgical alternative to liposuction. These methods expose the body to the extreme temperature of either over 45℃ or -9℃, forcing apoptosis. Besides that, some of these procedures can also tighten skin and remove deeper visceral fats that will eliminate excess fat-related health conditions – allowing you to confidently fit into your shapely clothes and also reap the overall benefits of a healthier body.
According to Dr Wong, these procedures have an excellent safety profile as they are non-invasive, with no pain and no downtime. “To achieve your desired results, Kowayo Aesthetic Clinic will design a customised treatment plan for you through a combined use of 2 or 3 of our machines,” he affirms.
Now you can keep your face and body youthful even past 50.
From face to body, we’ve got you covered with these top non-invasive cosmetic procedures, so you can age gracefully. Women or men in their 50s now have the power to defy age without drastically changing their appearance.
For a more visible change to your face, you should consider injectables. Otherwise, try the non-injectable HIFU treatment as a start to your anti-aging journey.
Ready to find out more about what these treatments can do for you? Visit Dr Wong at Kowayo Aesthetic Clinic and get his expert advice according to your specific anti-aging goals!
Which of these anti-aging methods are you most likely to try? Read more about each treatment on Kowayo Aesthetic Clinic’s official website before you head over to the clinic for a personal consultation.
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