While overall skin rejuvenation is well and good, there are times we will need to zoom in and fix a beauty emergency on-the-go. Our face does not age at the same rate. Depending on our skin virtues and skins, judgment will ultimately delivered on our looks. We identified 5 key areas that will need more focused care and the best available treatments for them.
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IN THE ‘NECK’ OF TIME
Not only is the neck likely to lose elasticity with age, Dr Michelle Lim, from SW1 Clinic in Singapore says there can also be pigment changes, fat pockets and deep creases in front of the neck. Botox micro-injections can be used to relax the muscles, softening the plastymal bands that give necks an aged appearance. Baby drop fillers can be used to soften ‘necklace lines’, deep etchings that run horizontally across the neck like necklaces that deepen with age. “When it comes to the neck, light touches make a world of a difference” says Dr Lim.
According to Dr Kenneth Lee, head aesthetic physician from SW1 Clinic, there are many reasons why jowls develop. “Primarily, there is soft tissue descent to the lower face which is due to a relaxation of the fat compartments of the upper and mid face, coupled with resorption of bone in the jawline and perioral area” he patiently explained. When definition is lost along the jawline, the face loses it sharp silhouette looking heavyset; at the same time, the chin can look blunted, making the area look weak and unattractive. “The best non-surgical way to restore the architecture of the jawline is to re-position the soft tissues using dermal threads. The latest threadlifts such as Infinity threads do this very well” says Dr Lee. “In my experience, I have used many treatments for the lower face and the Infinity Threadlift comes out tops in terms of results”.
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It’s a fact of life that your skin isn’t going to look the same at 50 what it did at 30, yet many women continue to use the same skin care and undergo the same treatments as decades ago, in the hope for a miracle. “The most common changes are a loss of volume and elasticity, coupled with muscle overuse resulting in wrinkles and lines, particularly in areas such as the frown and crow’s feet” says Dr Chua Han Boon. Sunscreen is a vital part of the anti-aging process, it’s a small step for you but a big step for your skin in the long run. Upgrade your skincare regime from facials to scientifically proven treatments that work. Not all Rf or radiofrequency treatments are the same; save your dollars on generic low-powered salon-grade treatments, instead go for proven skin-lifter Thermage. Another option is ultrasound mediated skin tightening Ulthera which has put smiles back onto saggy faces over the past few years. In between skin tightening fixes, treat your complexion to efficient skin freshening therapies such as aqua.dermabrasion and face peels to keep your skin fresh, pliant and young.
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Thus oft forgotten area is often overlooked. Yet it is one of the most important anchor points of the face. A well-defined chin not only ends a more slim and shapely look to the entire face, it also suspends the skin better to give you a smoother jawline and contour. Finally a well-defined chin that is not recessive can prevent the premature appearance of a double chin by camouflaging any underlying excess skin well. “With aging, soft tissue and facial bones lose volume, there’s also a loss of elasticity of the skin” says Dr Low Chai Ling. “When that happens, the chin crease may become deeper, and pebble-like dimpling may start to show”. “When the chin appears weak, it may make the nose appear larger” she adds. If you want to correct the chin with dermal fillers, opt for more structural fillers that will hold its shape such as SubQ or Perlane, advises Dr Low. Botox cosmetic injections I this area can also get rid of dimpling of the chin, paving the way for an instantly youthful lower face.
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The lips aren’t immune to aging and once aging process sets in, your full youthful lips may succumb to lines and dehydration, not exactly the most alluring pucker during a romantic date. “The position of the lips on the face makes them susceptible to aging from the sun” says Dr Kenneth Lee. “As bone mass is lost, the lips can appear droopy on the face”. Take care of your lips with the right hydrating oils such as Youth. These penetrate into the body of the lips, then top it off with a barrier such as Vaseline which prevents your lips from losing further moisture. Remember, lip glosses don’t actually hydrate your lips as they only coat them with a transient layer. If going for dermal fillers to plump out the lines and restoring their fullness, Dr Lee recommends a softer filler such as Restylane Silk or Boletero Soft. Botox cosmetic can also be used to relax the tight muscle bands which pull down the corners of the lips, giving it a down-turned look. Dr Lee’s trademark lip filler usually combines the two treatments to give lips a fuller and more upturned appearance.